Dec 5 2013
How a Public Menorah Lighting Taught Me a Valuable Parenting Lesson
We stood shivering in a hotel parking lot waiting for the lighting of a giant outdoor menorah. It was my first public menorah lighting and I was in full “mom mode,” pulling up hoods, chasing dropped dreidels, handing out gelt, and … Continue reading
Mar 18 2013
The 10 Plagues: “Why did God dead that boy?”
On the way home from Sunday school, my tiny children asked so many uncomfortable questions. They asked about God, and death, and bad guys, and then something even worse. That Egyptian child from the tenth plague was just temporarily frozen, … Continue reading
Sep 7 2012
Letting the Princess into the Farm House
It all started with the arrival of the Ariel bathing suit. I was whipping a cart through Target when my 2-year-old spotted the suit. “Oooh, so pretty,” she said. “And her hair is exactly the same color as mine.” My … Continue reading
Jun 20 2012
On the Farm: My Son Got a Seed
I recently took my children to a friend’s daughter’s birthday party. After the party, the children were offered a choice of party favors. I was surprised when my 5-year-old son, the farm boy (like, we actually live on a farm), chose a little plastic … Continue reading
Apr 11 2012
Kale Chips: A Surprising Hit with Preschoolers
When I asked my son what we should serve as a snack for his party, he completely surprised me by suggesting kale chips.
Mar 20 2012
On the Farm: Adventures in Pickling
Since I don’t live anywhere near a Jewish deli and I have lots of fresh vegetables on hand from the farm, I really want to learn to make my own.
Feb 2 2012
On the Farm: Nursing our Fledgling Apple Orchard
Years ago my husband and I volunteered on Kibbutz Sde Eliahu in Israel, working in an organic vineyard and vegetable garden.
Dec 30 2011
On the Farm: Seed Shopping
My daughter, who turned 2 this week, fell in love with an 8 by 10 piece of purple felt I bought for a craft project.
Oct 10 2011
It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Sukkot
Sukkot is one of my favorite Jewish Holidays, and it is wonderful and fun for kids. You get to build a club house and decorate it with all of your awesome art and crayon creations. You can eat, play, and … Continue reading
Oct 3 2011
Rained Out Rosh Hashanah
I am one of those people who questions conventional wisdom, and sometimes that means stumbling on clichés and common knowledge the hard way. It took working two jobs with a long commute to start to understand why Shabbat matters. It took … Continue reading