Ever since Friday, the day President Trump signed an order closing American borders to refugees, the world has been torn--literally. Families and friends are being separated both by the physical…ban itself--and as a result of the infighting over politics. Because of this, we all sorely need a glimmer of hope--hope that we can not only stand together as a global community, but as a compassionate people. This is why this photograph taken during a protest at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago on January 30 has… >> Read More
Last Friday, Donald Trump banned citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the US for a period of 90 days. Understandably, this caused outrage for many people who live in the U.S.,…which resulted in protests across the country, notably at airports. In times such as these, it's important to stand up for each other--because if we don't--who else will try to change these injustices? Differences don't have to separate us--we can still be united through our differences--and empathize through these struggles. As such, we rounded up… >> Read More
The other day my daughter said to me, “Mommy, you’re not the most special person in this family.” It was a pointed remark, out of nowhere.
I raised an eyebrow and said, “Is that so? Then…who is?” Of course, I already knew the answer. “Well, I am. You see, none of the rest of you daven [pray].” Without even a hint of humor she continued, “None of you know Hashem the way I do. I daven every day.” I tried very hard not to laugh because I could see she… >> Read More
Apparently, Jews are the world’s most-educated religious group. Maybe it's time to gently remind your kids that you really are right 99.99999% of the time--and send them the study that proves this…statistically true. According to the Pew Research Center, Jews receive an average of more than 13 years of formal schooling. The Pew Research Center study published their findings today--finding that Jews worldwide have four years more of schooling on average than the next-most educated group, which are Christians, who average about nine years of schooling. What's… >> Read More
I just had a strange, brief moment of wondering whether my Jewish, atheist family ought to celebrate Christmas.
And it all started with the sentence, “Santa Claus brings magic to…childhood.” Recently in class, my undergraduate students were reminiscing about their childhood Christmases. They spoke about the magic and joy they experienced and how much they loved believing in Santa Claus. They said they pitied anyone who didn’t have that and that they didn’t think you could have a special childhood without Christmas. “I didn’t… >> Read More