Mourning in Los Angeles

The death of an 11-year-old boy rocks our community.

Tackling My Anxiety this New Year

This Rosh Hashanah, I’m working on overcoming my worry and genuinely trusting the Almighty.

Show Up and Show You Care

Don’t sell yourself short. Going to that wedding or shiva house does make a real difference.

Spiritual Boot Camp

God, my son’s Israeli commander and preparing for Rosh Hashanah.

Internet Trolls

Ultimately nothing is anonymous.

My Boring Bucket List

If it’s not going to appear on my tombstone, it’s not going to appear on my bucket list.

Expensive Wine, Poor Parenting

Taken out for dinner by friends, what would you do if your child ordered a very expensive bottle of wine?

Petty Thieves

Eating at a restaurant of staying at a hotel does not entitle us to take their bathroom fixtures.

Tuning In to the Almighty

It starts by choosing to do only one thing at a time.

Opening Your Eyes to Awe

Holding on to our sense of curiosity and awe, because it opens our minds and links us to the Almighty.

God Save the Queen

My recent trip to London gave me a glimmer of understanding of what the monarchy means.

Jews Take Care of Each Other

A recent Shabbos experience in Europe reminded how privileged it is to be a part of the Jewish nation.

Food Obsession

It’s hard to imagine that it was once considered undignified to talk about food. Maybe we are missing something.

Breaking Our News Addiction

Can you go two weeks without following the news?

Dear Emuna, You’re Wrong!

A few words of praise go a long way.

Eavesdropping on the Subway

I could not believe what I was hearing.

Preventing the Next Heart Attack

Embracing the uncomfortable realization that we are never fully in control.

Tell Me I Matter

Whether it’s who I know, what I know or what I’ve accomplished – just tell me I matter.

Divorced Couples Need Our Empathy

With all its inherent pain, most couples do not treat divorce cavalierly.

Our Children are Watching

What are we teaching our kids when parents are screaming and cursing during a soccer match?

You Give, You Will Care

If we will really invest, we will come to care – about anything.

Dreaming of Anatevka

I don’t long for the days of pogroms and poverty. But I do miss not having all my kids and grandkids living nearby.

Cravings

Desiring what we cannot have.

Our Scary Uber Driver

We felt in danger but oddly did nothing about it.

Preparing Early for Passover

If ever there were a time for zeal and over-preparation, Passover is it.

Is There Such a Thing as Me Time?

There are people in need at every place, at any time, and we can’t ignore them.

Learning from Uber

Three timely lessons about kindness, taught by Uber drivers (really).

Woman on the Verge

We may not be able to control our instinctive response but we can prevent it from coming to fruition.

Losing Purim in All the Hamantashen

There is a point where we are too busy trying out the Peanut Butter Chocolate Pretzel hamantashen that we forget the purpose of the holiday.

Raccoons and Construction Workers

There is always something or someone over my head.

My Miami Vacation

What is an LA denizen like me vacationing in Florida?

Collecting

We all have a desire to exert some control over our chaotic lives.

The Comparison Trap

Jealousy is when we count someone else’s blessings instead of our own.

My Husband & the Laundromat

An epic true story of one family and a dryer.

Facebook Jealousy

A group of friends went on vacation without me and their numerous Facebook photos are getting to me.

After the Car Accident

Instead of accusations and anger, my friend performed an astounding act of selflessness and strength.

Official Toilet Paper Roll Changer

Why am I the only person in our home who does this?

42,000 Pairs of Shoes

And they can be all yours!

The Widows in Our Midst

We are admonished to be extra sensitive to and solicitous of widows. But are we?

Released from Jury Duty

Joy comes in all types of packages.

Bumper Sticker Boasting

We need to teach our kids that self-worth is internally generated.

Tiger Woods is Turning 40

Don’t sound the death knell just yet.

Saying No

A test for real friendship.

Black Friday

The focus on sales and consumption is eroding the meaning of Thanksgiving.

Don’t Worry about the Turkey!

Let’s stop putting pressure on ourselves in areas that don’t really matter.

You Feel Me

A moment of connection on a crowded New York street.

My Daughter Ate My Homework

Yes kids are the priority, but don’t use that as an excuse to get out of your commitments.

Songs from Our Youth

This old blind man knew the entire Torah by heart. I know the words to “The Beverly Hillbillies.”

Put a Fix On It

We all make mistakes. But we don’t have to keep making the same mistake.

A Non-Jew’s Question

Are we fulfilling our mandate to be a “light unto the nations”?

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