I’m going to go out on a limb here and bet that, whenever you were most recently at synagogue, you witnessed someone shushing, eye-rolling, audible sighing, or glaring at another person during…services. And if you have small kids, I’m going to take this a step further and bet that this behavior was directed at you or your offspring. But I’m here to say that this needs to be stopped. Finished. Shut down, once and for all. And, to be clear, I’m talking about the shushing and… >> Read More
A few weeks ago, I was at a Friday night Shabbat service with my family. My 2-and-a-half-year-old looked up at me from his seat and asked, “Mommy, who’s singin’?”
“That’s the…cantor,” I whispered back. Of course, he had to follow up my answer with a question: “Why?” (Did I mention he’s 2-and-a-half?) I leaned over and answered, “Because she’s singing the prayers.” The woman sitting on the other side of him sighed loudly. And of course, my son inevitably asked again: “Why?” I put my… >> Read More
If there was ever a love story to make you cry and smile at the same time, it's the story of John Jacob Rothschild and his wife, Renee Rothschild. The Holocaust survivors, who were married for 75…years, recently passed away within weeks of each other. Talk about kindred spirits. Last week, John died at age 98 of a stroke at his home in Louisville. Renee died of a stroke seven weeks earlier. Their love ran so deep that John famously snuck into a Nazi internment camp in France to find Renee, then his fiancee. This… >> Read More
Disney's first gay Jewish teenaged character is here — and he's played by a Jewish actor, no less. The Disney series Andi Mack showcased two milestones recently recently: In October, the…character Cyrus Goodman (played by 16-year-old Joshua Rush) revealed that he’s gay, and in the latest episode, Cyrus celebrated his bar mitzvah. The episode stays true to tradition: Cyrus recites his Torah portion while wearing a tallit (prayer shawl), which is actually the same one Rush wore to his own bar mitzvah. He told the… >> Read More
My recent 34th birthday brought a mini-midlife crisis. A 48-hour period of existential questioning concluded with a watershed moment: I need to have more fun.
That’s easier said than done. With…work, three little kids, bills, and trying to run a traditional Jewish home, I realized I’ve completely forgotten about fun. When I was in my early 20s, Saturday nights were spent at nightclubs in the Meatpacking District followed by shawarma runs with friends at 3 a.m. So what happened? After decade’s worth of stresses —… >> Read More