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When suburban Chicago mom Kelly Masterson looked over her eighth-grade son’s homework recently, she was, in her words, “flabbergasted” to see an assignment labeled “Hitler cartoon.”…Complying with his teacher’s instructions, her son Michael had turned in a comic strip describing Hitler’s rise to power, replete with swastikas and Nazi imagery. “I asked him, ‘Did you ask the teacher if you could use these images?’” she wrote in a Facebook post that quickly created controversy. “He said yes…” Still, she was… >> Read More
On Hanukkah, it’s customary to eat foods fried in oil because it recalls one of the main miracles of the holiday: When Maccabees cleaned out and rededicated the Jerusalem Temple, they found oil…enough to light to menorah for one day that miraculously burned for eight days. You’re probably familiar with potato pancakes, or , and jelly doughnuts, or sufganiyot. (The Nosher has easy-to-follow videos on making both of these Hanukkah classics.) But these are hardly the only holiday delicacies you should know about. Eating cheese on Hanukkah… >> Read More
Growing up, Hanukkah was all about the miracle of oil enough for one day lasting for eight days. It was about frying latkes and spinning the dreidel and exchanging presents. The main players in the…Hanukkah story all seemed to be male: Judah Maccabee, his father, Mattityahu, and the wicked king Antiochus. As an adult, I found I’d only been taught part of the story. When I started following Orthodox Jewish traditions, Hanukkah was magically transformed for me from a cute kids’ holiday to a celebration that resonates deeply with… >> Read More
This time of year, Mommy Facebook groups and online communities are full of questions and comments about how to celebrate the holidays, what to buy our kids, and where to volunteer. Oh, and whether…it is okay to lie to our children about Santa. Inevitably there are those who are appalled that anybody would suggest to a child that Santa is real. There are those who are worried their kids will ruin Santa for the kid on the playground. And then there are Jewish parents who worry that their… >> Read More
Set the table for dinner. That’s all I asked. It was a Friday morning and there was no school. I came home and found out that my three wise offspring had convinced our nanny that they didn’t need…to set the table for Shabbat. Why? Because, after all, we were just going to come home from synagogue and eat cereal and bananas or challah and butter. I immediately went into my internal Chicken Little “the sky is falling” routine. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NO04VXBIS0M I had grown up with this valued tradition of Friday night dinner… >> Read More