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.

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.

Suddenly Your Older Kids are Home

One silver lining: quarantine is a chance to spend extended quality time with your kids that have supposedly flown the coop.

Don’t Put Your Marriage on Hold Even During Corona

How to emerge from this situation with our marriages intact, perhaps even enhanced.

How to Break the Monotonous Groundhog Day Cycle

Stuck in lockdown, what to do when one day is the same as the next and they all just blur together with no end in sight.

The End of a Unique Passover

What do you want your list of accomplishments to be when this “stay-at-home” mandate is lifted?

A Passover Like No Other

Everyone is working harder than usual this year. And that will make their Passover experience more meaningful.

Corona Home Attire

What are you wearing all day cooped up in your home?

Everyone Under One Roof

Isn’t one of our most frequent complaints that we don’t get enough time with the people we love?

Living in the Anxious Age of Coronavirus

God runs the world isn't just an expression. Everything is truly in His hands.

Why Adults Should Wear a Costume on Purim

Experience the freedom of stepping out of that carefully manicured version of ourselves and let your raw, unguarded, complicated, flawed self through.

With Memory, Time and Place Matter

Why having a fixed place and time for learning is so important.

When Taking Sides is a Big Mistake

We all know there are two sides to every story. Why do we so often forget?

Gatekeeper at Shiva

Visiting someone against their specific desires doesn't provide comfort; it causes mourners pain.

My Super Bowl Takeaway Everyone Should Hear

Life is going to throw us curveballs. The mark of our character is how we face them: head on with courage or giving up in frustration.

Overcoming the Imposter Syndrome

Are you afraid that you'll be exposed as a fraud?

You Can't Go Back to Yesterday because You Were Different Then

Lewis Carroll makes an excellent point we would all do well to consider.

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