Hanukkah is NOT Thanksgiving

Why Hanukkah is the most anti-American holiday of all.

People, Not Objects

A valuable lesson from my not-so-nice behavior.

No More Mask

As we get older, with fewer defenses and inhibitions to provide any filters, our real selves poke through.

Find Your Passion, Later

Hard work and success lead to passion. Not the other way around.

God’s Most Amazing Creature

And it doesn’t have four legs.

The Family Dinner

Why it needs to be a priority in your home.

Fighting in Front of the Children

Kids need to see some disagreements – and amicable conflict resolution.

Tough Teachers

The gift of great expectations.

Embarrassed by Spouse

No matter what, we should always have our spouse’s back.

Living Outside the Comfort Zone

Sukkot lifts us above our world of illusions.

Pushing the Reset Button

This Yom Kippur, know your adversary.

Lasting Change this Rosh Hashanah

Rosh Hashanah is about commitments, not resolutions.

Two Funerals

Personal lessons from two upsetting, sobering experiences.

Our No-Cell-Phone Vacation

I realized just how much interaction we lose on a daily basis due to our preoccupation with the phone.

Kate Middleton’s Post-Pregnancy Paunch

We should be embarrassed that we even noticed it.

Time Alone

Why do we have such a hard time spending quiet time alone with just ourselves?

News Junkie

The never-ending news cycle has become a freak show. Can we disengage?

Hold On to the Moment

Stopping my mind from wandering into those negative places.

Longing for God

Tisha B’Av is an opportune time to recapture our intense drive to connect with our Creator.

Making Summer Count

Chilling out is fine. But three months hanging out poolside?


A lesson in greatness from George Marston.


It’s getting really hard to keep your private life private.

Advice for Sick Friends

Sometimes our advice is not only wrong, it’s hurtful.

It’s the Little Things

Every act of kindness counts.

Mirror Mirror Off the Wall

Making character our primary focus does not mean that we should go around unkempt, wearing a burlap sack.

Personal Hygiene in Public

When did it become okay to floss your teeth and clean your ears in public?

Don’t Pity the Child

Kids take their cues from parents. What message are you projecting?

More Kids, Less Stress?

On being a “good enough” mother.


Successful relationships require accepting your loved one’s idiosyncrasies, no matter how crazy you find them.

Modesty in the Classroom

In today’s over-sexualized society, some school official are trying to bring some decorum and learning back to the classroom.

Alzheimer’s and Dignity

Seeing the human being inside the shell.

Nanny State – Literally!

Do you want the government involved in your parenting?

Obama’s Family Time

Even the President of the United States can’t have it all.

Source of Inspiration

Inspiration is everywhere – particularly when I’m awake enough to notice!

Stages of Freedom

The Exodus from Egypt was just the beginning.

It’s Against Our Policy

An elderly patient died from bureaucracy without humanity.

I Love Cleaning for Passover

The physical clean-up leads to spiritual freedom.

Compassionate Love

Small acts, big love.

Punk Rocker for the Day

Purim allows us to drop our fears and be vulnerable.

Embarrassing Our Children

Humiliation is never an effective parenting tool.

A Special Bat Mitzvah

A great idea that should be part of everyone’s celebration.

It’s Not about Lance Armstrong

Don’t let his doping and lies allow you to become cynical and bitter.

Contempt in Marriage

This most destructive trait can also be insidious.

Destined for Divorce?

It’s in our power to transform our marriage.

Taylor Swift’s Wisdom

I ask myself: What will my kids think?

The 24-Hour Rule

Waiting to respond makes an enormous difference in all of our relationships.

Facebook Overexposure

Facebook poses a serious threat to our character.

My Half-Marathon

What were my daughter and I doing in Las Vegas walking the Strip until we were bone-weary tired?

Hanukkah’s Message of Hope

After hurricanes and financial stress, Hanukkah comes to dispel the darkness.

Mrs. Petraeus

What has happened to the power of sisterhood?

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