For the last several years before Rosh Hashanah, I read the same book: Rabbi Alan Lew’s "This Is Real And You Are Completely Unprepared." As this new year rolled around, my wife and I were…expecting our first child, and I realized that this book is not about the High Holy Days, it’s about parenting. Our son, Lior, was born at the end of February. He proved to be the best gift, because his is my birthday, too. Since then, we’ve been doing all we can to become proficient parents… >> Read More
True or False: an episode of the sitcom "Friends," can actively alter feelings of historic family betrayal and heartbreak. For me, it was true.
My family had flown in for Passover. Preparations…were exciting this year, as there were new babies and toddlers in addition to our regular Seder crowd. Along with my brisket, I was busy preparing a 5-minute excerpt from my one-woman show to present at a special “Downtown Seder.” My show tells the story about my immigrant Iraqi father, my immigrant Polish grandmother, and… >> Read More
Later this week, my daughter turns 4. It seems like just yesterday that we were bringing her home from the hospital. I now understand the saying, “The days are long, but the years are short” far…more than I ever thought I would. Later this week is also the yahrzeit for my father. He passed away 3 years ago. The day before my daughter turned one, actually. My dad was not a particularly great dad. But he was mine, flaws and all. My daughter will know my father only through the… >> Read More
For two years, I had been attending Al-Anon and Nar-Anon meetings, specifically groups within those categories that offer support and help to those affected by someone else’s addiction. At most…meetings, I was the only Jewish person present. I was there because recently, the novel I wrote about being the Jewish daughter of a heroin addict caused me to revisit repressed childhood traumas that were still haunting me. To publicize my book, and to convey its message that Jewish addicts no longer had to suffer… >> Read More
Often times, when you hear about someone transitioning to another gender, you often don't hear about their journey being taken with another member of their family. This is exactly what happened when…Eric and Corey Maison, now father and daughter (formerly mother and son), realized they are transgender at the same time, according to People. In many ways, Eric and Corey's transition was made easier by the fact that they were there for each other in a very emotional time. Eric and Corey, who were included in National Geographic‘s Gender… >> Read More