“Di-lemmmmmmma! Dilemma!” my 17-year-old son goes around the house, singing to the tune of “Tradition!” from “Fiddler on the Roof.” (Try it, it tracks.)
So what might his (non-musical)…dilemma be? My son is a senior in high school. And you know what that means—college application time! All the experts advise visiting a college before applying. Not only does it present an opportunity to display that much in demand “demonstrated interest,” but it also allows teens to assess whether the school in question would… >> Read More
On Rosh Hashanah, I learned Torah from a 5-year-old.
More specifically, my 5-year-old. I took my daughter to a full day of High Holiday services—9 a.m. to 1 p.m.!—for the first time on the…second day of Rosh Hashanah. She took it like a champ. Anything is possible with chocolate milk, picture books, and snacks. During the Torah reading, she got a little antsy (not unlike many adults, plus, sugar in the chocolate milk). I explained to her that they were reading a story. Understandably, she wanted to know… >> Read More
The New Year makes me nostalgic and emotional. Am I alone in this? I can’t be.
The holidays, with all of their regularity and fluidity, make you remember what you did last year, and then…invariably something happens that makes you say, “Oh, wow. Fred couldn’t even read last year and look at him reading along in the prayer book this year!” or, “Miles understood the meaning of fasting as something other people did last year, but now he is looking down the barrel of his bar mitzvah in a… >> Read More
Mayim Bialik usually gives us insight into her parenting world (especially when it comes to raising Jewish kids), like why she eats vegan, why she became a lactation consultant, and more. Now she…opened up her home to us--and gave us a quick lesson into the significance of the foods we eat on Rosh Hashanah (like apples and honey!) via a video she posted on Facebook. She was joined by two members from the Maccabeats, as well as her two sons. The group makes a lot of excellent dad… >> Read More
To get in the High Holiday mood, we asked you–our readers–to send in your Rosh Hashanah resolutions. From small resolutions (like trying to read more) to profound resolutions (such as being…more present in your relationships), we’re so grateful you shared these with us. No resolution is too small or too big—personally, we believe in baby steps—a little bit of effort each day can go a long way. Here’s what our readers said. And if you didn’t get a chance before, it’s not too late to make your… >> Read More