Named in 2015 by the Forward as one of America's Most Inspiring Rabbis, Rabbi Nikki Lyn DeBlosi, PhD, is a queer wife and mother of two who currently serves as Reform Rabbi and Senior Jewish Educator at the NYU Bronfman Center for Jewish Student Life.
Throw ‘em into the water.
OK, I confess: I would never throw my kids into the water, expecting them to learn to swim from sheer survival instinct--no matter what the Talmud, which suggests…arming them with swimming skills asap, might suggest. I’m more of a water-wings-while-I’m-holding-them-tight kind of ima (that’s Hebrew for “mom”). Yet, this summer, I found myself literally letting go. My younger son wanted a hands-off approach to learning to swim. I believe his words were, “Stop holding me with your hands!” And when I, for… >> Read More