Beyond Apples and Honey

Using symbolic foods to cook up real change for Rosh Hashanah.

Eat, Bubele, Eat

Marriage has brought out my latent Yiddishe-mama genes. Suddenly I've become a person who frets about whether the kugel is crispy on top.

Post-Bar Mitzvah Stress Disorder

This malady follows a case of Pre-Bar Mitzvah Stress Disorder, characterized by bursting into tears with no warning because your little boy has the audacity to catapult into puberty before your very eyes.

Without a Mother

Because of my father's devoted love, I barely realized that I was missing a mother.

Remembering Dad

Living with Dad wasn't always easy, but it was easy to forgive him. He faced major professional disappointments and the most painful kind of personal tragedy. How could I judge him?

My Mother's Cough

Every time I hear it, my heart lifts. My mother is near and I am safe.

Mother's Day

In some way, I think of my mother almost every day.

Spiritual House Cleaning

This Passover embark on an inner house cleaning and experience freedom from the bondage of self.

Saying Goodbye

Racing across the ocean to my dying grandma's bedside, I cannot bear to let her go.

Face to Face

We can deeply connect to others by looking into their heart and soul, with the courage and openness to discover whatever is there.

Ten Tips for Reducing Pesach Pressure

With some advanced planning, you can feel refreshed, relaxed, and ready for the best Pesach ever.

That Extra Moment

The profound impact of a few sincere words.

Paradise Found_

The two-page spread featuring luxury seaside villas planned for Phuket, Thailand, took my breath away.

Winter's Gifts

I hated winter -- until my son's question forced me to put God into the frigid equation.

Thanksgiving: Yams of Joy

Even the Intensive Care Unit could not dampen my mother's joy -- nor my appreciation of her zest for life.

Mother's Love and Chicken Soup

Have your soup now. Cry later.

Row W, Seat 1

On Rosh Hashana, I feel connected to the grandparents I've never known.

How Green Was My Checkbook

Saving my family money at the Big Food-A-Plenty warehouse store.

Truths my Father Taught me

A Father's Day Tribute

All About Aunt Nettie

A Mother's Day Tribute.

The Figure in the Doorway

A mother's love can never be repaid.

Grandpa's Little Girl

A dying father's words and blessings from the mikvah.

When the Jasmine Blooms

It was one of those mornings - kids creating havoc and so many patients waiting to see me. And then the unexpected happened.


My foster brother is an eight-year-old miracle.

Grandpa Joe's Alpine Legacy

The joy of skiing, etched into a family's DNA, spans four generations -- from war torn Austria to a Californian mountainside.

Home for the High Holidays

They all come home sooner or later. But you must mark the trail.

Back to School and Broke

Suddenly, at the end of August, kids not only need new wardrobes, but also a list of school supplies longer than the federal tax code.

Summertime Blues

How I am spending their summer vacation.

Roller Skates

Polio makes you different. And at age ten, who wants to be different?

Who 's That Kid In Enormous Shoes Calling Me Mommy?

The teen years are an age of contradictions -- for both mother and son.

All in the Seder

Passover proves the key to liberating one family's strained relations.

Pop's Megillah

Did my grandfather realize that his proud and sturdy Megillat Esther would 100 years later be treasured by his grandson whom he would never meet?

The Plague of the School Science Fair

My son's favorite experiment was "Which Jokes Are Most Likely to Make My Brother Laugh so Hard at the Dinner Table that Water Spurts Out His Nose?"

A Bat Mitzvah to Remember

With the room filled with joyous music and whirling girls, that's when I noticed her. Shuli, a girl with Downs' Syndrome, was sitting off to the side, not dancing.

The Secret Pre-1A "Siety"

One day our world turned over. Our teacher was seen crying and we knew exactly what needed to be done.

Under Attack

I had contingency plans for many emergencies likely to strike during my absence. But tiny disgusting insects congealing to my children's heads was one I hadn't figured on.

Dear Bubby

Alzheimer's is like a thief who takes away the most precious memories of a life shared in love.

Parenting Prophets

Every so often something happens with one of my kids and I begin to understand what parenting is all about. This is one of those moments.

Fretting About Fressing

How to Cope with Yom Tov Eating.

Dancing with Grandma

Dancing with my grandmother is discovering that you are the most wonderful person in the entire world.

The Runaway Shabbas Shoes

What does an eight-year-old take when he runs away from home?

Goodbye Poverty, Hello America

Remembering our Old World origins, B.A. -- before America.

Letting My Daughter Go

Sending your 18-year-old to the other end of the world is not easy.

A Heavenly Trip on Father's Day

I couldn't wait to dangle at the small end of a hot air balloon over an African meadow without a doctor or ambulance beneath me.

A Woman's Work Is Never Done

Sarah and Rebecca set the standard for Jewish women to follow. Let's get inspired!

Gluckel of Hameln: A Mother for the Ages

Gluckel understood a childrearing mystery: Why don't our kids love us more?

Mother's Day Fantasy

Think precious metals, and remember: I already have a Dustbuster.

The Numbers Game

There is more than one way to define a large family.

Elijah in Manhattan: A Love Story

Sometimes the longest journey is the journey home.

Celebrating the Seder With Abba

My father's enthusiasm for Passover was so contagious, that each member of our family approached the Seder in an emotional state approaching ecstasy.

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