I took a poll of my friends when I was still pregnant. We run in an observant crowd in Manhattan, and most of our friends have the kinds of names you’d find multiple times over at your Jewish…summer camp. Adams and Davids, Elianas and Yaels. My husband and I both have normal “American” names, so I asked them, “Did you mind having a "Jewy" name? As a doctor/lawyer/whatever the heck you are now, working in a secular world, do you wish you had changed it? Most of them said yes. They minded.… >> Read More
It started with a desperate attempt to occupy my 2-year-old. We had recently moved, not just across the country but across the world, to a metropolitan area my husband knew well but I did not. We had…made the move on short notice, and hadn’t had time to find childcare in advance. My schedule was flexible, while my husband’s was not, and so I was home. Home with my child, with many hours to fill, in a new place where I knew nobody. Among the various charming features of our new home… >> Read More
“I dreamed my whole life,” my 5-year-old said suddenly.
“What?” I asked sleepily, as we snuggled before bedtime. “I dreamed my whole life when I was in your tummy,” my son explained.…“When a baby is in its mommy’s tummy, it dreams everything that’s going to happen to it in its life. And then it happens.” I listened silently, struck by the strange beauty of this idea. It made me think of the ancient Jewish legend that teaches that a baby learns the entire Torah while it… >> Read More
The reports from the kindergarten teacher are always the same. “Leo has been smooshing his friends again,” she says. For the better part of the school year, she and I have been working together…to help my son process his urge to “squeeze the Charmin.” Or the Sebastian. I’ve experienced this iron-fist embrace myself. My arms and legs are riddled with fingerprint-sized bruises from all of his spirited cuddling. More than head butted, I’ve been head grinded. And our daily reunions at school pickups have the fervor usually reserved… >> Read More
Your daily dose of "aww" is here--and it's about to make your heart turn to mush. Earlier in the month, a Georgia UPS worker posted two Facebook videos that will make your day brighter. Why?…Because the videos are of him singing with his 88-year-old mother who has Alzheimer’s. What's more heartwarming than that? Kelly Ridings and his mom love country songs, so they decided to sing together. But what makes this more breathtaking is the fact that they look do devoted and dotingly at each other--all despite that she suffers… >> Read More