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Shavuot, one of the most delicious Jewish holidays, is a day in which we celebrate the Jews' receiving the 10 commandments on Mt. Sinai. Why is it so yummy? Well, one of the customs is to eat dairy…foods. A holiday where we get to eat cheesecake, ice cream, and pizza, is a holiday we can totally get behind! There are tasty holiday events happening all over the New York area including cooking, story times, and lots of outdoor fun. Shavuot 2017 begins on Tuesday evening, May 30 and ends on Thursday night, June… >> Read More
It is one of those days. I wake up on the wrong side of the bed. To every question posed to me in the morning, I immediately answer, “NO! No I can’t help you!” Even when it makes no sense,…even when my children aren’t asking for help. I’m steeped in irritation: “You want me to make you WHAT? NOW?” is response to my children deigning to ask for toaster waffles. The gall! I am in a beastly mood, pure and simple. Ugh! I hate days when I feel like I could cry on a… >> Read More
Lisa Harris received her first piece of hate mail when she was in medical school in the early 1990s. A pamphlet with the words “bottom feeder” arrived in her mailbox, and she was so shocked by it…that she took it home with her to show her family. When her mother saw it, she told Lisa that she recognized the images: “My mom said, I’ve seen those before–those are Nazi anti-Jewish propaganda images. The word 'Jew' had been substituted for ‘abortionist.’” The intimidation tactic didn’t work. Harris graduated from medical school and… >> Read More
My 2-year-old remembers everything. She recalls adorable things, like each and every word of her favorite books, the otter she met at the aquarium last summer and the lyrics to holiday songs that she…hasn’t sung in months. She can rattle off my favorite places to pick up coffee, the entire family’s middle names and a number of Spanish words heard on “Dora the Explorer.” She also remembers things are more upsetting: the imposing bug we found in the backyard eight months ago, the mitten she devastatingly lost in… >> Read More
There was a time when I was locked into the concept of systemic change. I believed I could be wiser about my tzedakah and use my energy to work on the roots of global food insecurity or homelessness…or violence against women. Of course, I would also donate to my local food pantry. But on the question of whether or not to give to panhandlers on the subway or on the street, I felt conflicted. If I gave, was I perpetuating the system—and were my contributions going to help the neediest? If I didn’t… >> Read More