Internalizing the Insights of Passover

The real work of Passover begins now.

Passover in the Shadow of Covid

We don’t need to return to “normal” in order to be happy.

True Freedom, Even in Lockdown

True freedom has nothing to do with our external circumstances - whether we can dine out or not. It's about our ability to choose.

The TV in the Restaurant

We live in a noisy world. Can't there be a few spots where quiet still reigns?

Purim Costumes Create Unity

Another good reason to dress up this year.

Vaccine Envy

I thought I was free of that proverbial green-eyed monster, but then friends of ours got vaccinated before we did.

Getting in the Purim Mood

For a few reasons, it's been rather hard this year.

News Fatigue

Why I’m going on a news diet.

Imperfect Homes, Just the Way They Should Be

I’m not creating a museum to the American Jewish family; I’m creating a place for real people to live, to eat, to learn and to grow.

Going to the Gym During the Pandemic

It's the small gestures that make such a difference.

Living Against Instinct

The pandemic has forced us to scrutinize every behavior.

I'm Loving the Winter

After living for so long in California where the weather never changes, I am reveling in the cold and the snow.

Waiting and Waiting

Our lives are filled with endless waiting. How do we cope without losing our minds?

In Jersey City, A Remarkable Kindness

Owners of four kosher markets come together to rebuild Moshe Ferencz’s grocery store.

Nachas Night with Teachers

Calling parent-teacher meetings Nachas Night will change everything.

Hanukkah: Especially Now, Shine Your Light

Let's take the light that shines within us and share it with others, so that together we can light up our world.

The Crown: Guests Not Welcomed

The hit show deepened my appreciation of Judaism's sensitivity in how to treat guests.

Without a House

How God is reminding why I should want a house in the first place.

My Disappointing Birthday

I know it's silly but I was feeling a little grumpy, until my daughter shared this beautiful story.

Change Your Name, Change Your Life

My friend adopted a Hebrew name and it surprisingly transformed her life.

Maintaining Closeness Despite Social Distancing

Oddly enough, Judaism's family purity laws provides some insights.

Following Our Own Path

Don’t squash your children's individuality. The Almighty created each of us differently for a reason.

A Little Kindness Goes a Long Way

It doesn’t take a lot – a smile, a kind word, an offer to help – to light up another human being.

A Life of No Complaining

We spend far too much of our lives complaining and robbing ourselves of the opportunity of joy in the moment.

Sukkot: Leaving It All Behind

We are moving from Los Angeles shortly after Sukkot and in the midst of packing everything up.

Keep Your Word

Why we make commitments without the ability to fulfill them.

Why Rosh Hashanah Sneaks Up On Us

Part of us wants to avoid thinking about this holy day until it's just no longer possible.

Seeking Awe

We all want to transcend the mundane, to lift above the ordinary, to touch the Divine.

Battles Are Won Within

The Marines articulated life's primary challenge.

Life Is Short. Stay Awake For It

A perfect T-shirt for the month of Elul.

Road Trip!

My husband and I are driving across the United States.

Life Isn't about Increasing Happiness and Decreasing Suffering

Happiness and suffering are not mutually exclusive.

Regis Philbin and the Importance of Kindness

A tribute to the celebrity reminds us what really counts in life.

Not All Problems Can be Solved

The key is to learn how to manage them.

Right Words for Crazy Times

We need to spend time learning Torah now more than ever.

When Kids Move Back Home

We didn’t move back home, why are they?

Man plans and God… What?

Everything happens on the Almighty’s schedule, not mine.

Why I Miss Going to the Grocery

I didn’t appreciate how much local shopping creates community.

I’m Going Out of My Mind

I realize I have it lucky, but the pandemic is still putting me over the edge.

Is Zoom a Viable Long-Term Learning Strategy?

I realize it’s here to stay, but I’m not a big fan. Here’s why.

Still in Isolation

Pondering the implications of the continuing sheltering in place and its opportunities for growth.

A Different Shavuot This Year

With none of the communal activities that normally accompany this holiday, we have a new kind of opportunity to appreciate the Torah.

Living with the Unknown

Life is right now under whatever conditions we are currently in. Accept it.

Lockdown Frustrations

Now that the idea of leaving home has entered my reality, I feel restless, antsy.

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