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The New York Post recently published a story about a man, Marc Guss, who was willing to pay $10,000 to a person who could find his 70-something mom, Esther, a new boyfriend. After many unsuccessful…attempts to find her a match — she’s in search of a Jewish man in his 70s or 80s who is “caring, respectful, fun, and energetic” — Guss decided to offer a cash reward to anyone who lands his mama a “committed” relationship. “If I knew that she would meet someone and would be happy,… >> Read More
As the youngest child at our family’s Passover seders, my sister sang the Four Questions until she was 35. One year, during seder preparations, my older sister almost sliced off the top of her…pinky while coring a pineapple. Well before the rise of social media, my siblings built Pinterest-worthy pyramid scenes, complete with matzah flour “sand” and sweet date and apricot charoset “bricks.” I remember peering out of our family friends’ front door scanning for a glimpse of Elijah the Prophet, while inhaling the scent of their towering… >> Read More
Once my doctor uttered the phrase “breast cancer,” I did not hear any more words — just buzzing, which was probably emanating from my super-fast heartbeat. She delivered the news over the…phone, and while I prepared myself with a pen and paper, all I could write down was a single word: “cancer.” Yes, I was upset. And then I became nauseous when I realized I would have to tell my 12-year-old. I worried, how do I tell my tween without causing emotional damage? While my husband… >> Read More
When I returned to work after the birth of my first son, I found myself in a unique pumping situation. As the rabbi of a Jewish day school, I was fortunate enough to have my own office. Since I am…involved in so many aspects of leading the school and infusing it with ruach (energy), there are often many teachers, parents, and students coming in and out of my office. Rather than simply shutting my door in order to pump, I wanted to find the right words for a door sign that indicated I was doing… >> Read More
I think the iPhone should come with an instruction manual that’s required reading. It isn’t enough to know how to connect to Wifi or how to Facetime five people at once — it’s equally…important to understand how to communicate with other humans in a decent, which isn’t intuitive to new users (i.e., tweens). If you’re going to cave and give your kids phones before they’re mature enough to use them — like, um, I did — then it’s important that somebody teach them the rules. (For what… >> Read More