A Ghostly Bar Mitzvah

A tale about a father and son who plan a Bar Mitzvah celebration in a ravaged Polish village in 1946.

The Bracelet

A simple gift from her children teaches one mother an important lesson about love.

A Beautiful Soul

Shaindel is schizophrenic and homeless -- and a beloved fellow Jew.

When Mommy Stopped Driving

When the doctor delivered the news, we were abashed and afraid. How much time did we have?

I'm So Tired

I have become an expert in tiredness, and I need at least nineteen more words to express all its different aspects.

Birthday for the Bereaved

The mother of a terror victim grapples with a meaningful way to commemorate her son's birthday.

When Loss and Celebration Collide

A mother's passing and a son's bar mitzvah create an emotional whirlwind when both run into each other.

Something You Already Know

The world is divided into two kinds of people: those who fear getting older and those who do not.

Father's Day and Raw Eggs

Memories from age 8 shed light on a deep spiritual truth: You will be judged the way you judge others.

Living Here

On a bus in Jerusalem, all eyes followed the girl who suddenly broke down and cried.

The Joys (?) of Passover Cleaning

It is possible not only to enjoy Passover cleaning, but to find it to be the most meaningful aspect of holiday preparation.


I don't know about you, but keeping my kids happy on Sundays is a major challenge.

Out of the Mouth of Babes

A child's perspective is clear and pure, unclouded by "experience" and cynicism. If we allow ourselves, we can learn much from a child's wide-eyed view of life.

Why I Send My Kids to Day School

Why is someone like me, staunchly Reform and secular, sending my kids to an Orthodox Jewish day school?

Not Another Parenting Class!

Do we really need another parenting class? Isn't it enough to just follow our instincts?

Love Unconditional

"I could always tell my parents about mistakes I made because no matter what, I knew they would always love me."

The Jewish Woman's Regret Chart

Alphabetically arranged for easy reference.

My Son's Bar Mitzvah

"It's not about the bills, it's not about the bills," intones the mother, as the family gets revved up planning a meaningful Bar Mitzvah experience for the first born son.

Circus, Circus

A visit to Las Vegas shows up the seductiveness of illusion, and reinforces that there is no place like home.

The Problem of Raising Typical Kids

Parents of kids who fight, forget their bathing suit and crumple their schoolwork sometimes need to be reminded that their kids are "normal."

The Restorative Power of Kindness

We read inspirational books to reassure ourselves that kind and caring people still exist. Yet, so easily, we could be one of them.

The Winning Team

Little league has a bad rap -- frustrated coaches, over-invested parents and damaged kids -- but it is possible for it to generate a healthy Jewish experience.

Independence Day

A child's first driving lesson sends her mother into a panic.

Summer In the City

Call me Scrooge. Call me the Grinch. I hate (or rather, as we say around our house, I'm not fond of) the summer.

Material Girl

I was flipping through one of those women's magazines that no one ever admits to reading when an ad caught my eye.

Two and One-Half Hours a Day

Carpooling may be a nuisance, but it shows your children you truly care about their education.

Who Comes First -- Your Spouse or Your Children?

Children will go on to forge lives of their own, but the relationship with your spouse is forever. It fosters growth like no other relationship can.

Letting Go: Notes From a Mother

As a teenage daughter leaves home, one mother panics, takes stock and lets go.

Facing the World: A Daughter's Relection

As she crosses the threshold from her teens into adulthood, a young woman takes stock of who she has to thank for her confidence and love of life.

A Weighty Issue

An obsession with dieting is not a Torah value, but neither is preoccupation with food. The challenge is striking a balance in today's fat-conscious world.

Shop 'Til You Drop

What is it with adolescent girls and shopping? One mother's battle for perspective.

No Ordinary Dinner

Meeting a real Jewish hero reminds us that we all have the power to make our dreams a reality - and the world a better place.

Blessed be God ... Who Didn't Make Me a Man

Jewish feminism doesn't mean wanting to be a man. It means thanking God for creating you perfectly female.

Quality Time

Quality time is a myth. Yes it sometimes happens, but scheduling it is impossible.

The Fountain of Youth

Trying out the new anti-wrinkle cream while pondering how aging can be beautiful.

"A Question of Trust"

"Why am I a nervous wreck?" A planned trip to Israel becomes an unexpected test of faith.

The Treadmill

A dedicated anti-exerciser gets on the treadmill – and can't get off.

Everything I Know About God, I Learned From My Parents

Kids start to learn about the Creator of the world from their own creators – mom and dad.


I had a house, and then I had children. Preserve your sanity and let go of your attachment of the physical world.

Be My Valentine

Bring out the Godiva! But don't forget to express your love on Feb. 15th, 16th, 17th and...

Intimacy after Children

The perils of neglecting your spouse.

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