“Mom, how come you signed your last emails with just, ‘The Adlers?’”
This was my kid’s first question when we picked him up from his two weeks at sleepaway camp. Like many parents, I…emailed my son daily during his stay. I kept the first seven emails upbeat, and, in the spirit of family, I signed the emails with the usual “Mommy and Daddy” alongside the names of each of our menagerie of pets: gerbil Buzzy, guinea pigs Trevor and Andy, and fish Brigade, Ballista, Bomber, Bulletproof, and Bazooka.… >> Read More
When his 14-year-old daughter, Jamie, was murdered at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland Florida, Fred Guttenberg's life changed forever.
Jamie was one of 17 victims — mostly teenagers —…who were shot and killed when a gunman open fired at the school. And now, the 52-year-old Jewish dad has dedicated the rest of his life to gun safety. Today, which marks 6 months since the shooting, he wrote on Twitter, "This is not an anniversary for me, this is just another day to wake up and… >> Read More
Ex-adult film star Jenna Jameson has never been shy about, um, exposing herself on the Internet — whether it's her nude body, her struggle with sobriety, her thoughts on breastfeeding (very pro!)…and her love of kosher food. On Monday, Jameson — who is married to an Israeli businessman — shared a before and after photo on Instagram that addressed her struggle to lose weight after giving birth in April 2017 to her daughter, Batel Lu. (And, yes! That's a Hebrew name, meaning "daughter of God.") “Let’s talk… >> Read More
Being Jewish in 2018 often means toggling between a live-in-the-moment secular culture and a set of ancient rituals and traditions. It’s never easy (Friday night — drinks with friends or Shabbat…dinner?) but there’s one aspect we don’t talk about enough: baby names! When so many of your friends’ kids get to be Venus or Kylo, traditional Jewish names can feel limiting. Don’t worry, though. For generations, American Jews have handled this by giving their kids a Hebrew name for religious ritual, and a secular, American… >> Read More
I’m a congregational rabbi, so the month of August is always a bit anxiety-provoking. Whether the holidays are “early” or “late,” they are coming, and my mental checklist goes into…overdrive planning of sermons, services, and more. And this is to say nothing of the spiritual work; in the Jewish calendar, the month of Elul is meant to be one of anxiety for all of us. The shofar, sounded each day of the month leading up to the Jewish New Year, is a spiritual wakeup… >> Read More