My first and most important goal as I journeyed through the terrible process of divorce was to make sure my children were OK. I wanted to be there for them, and help them with their pain, anxiety,…sadness, and anger — something that was particularly challenging as I suddenly had half as much time with them. But first, I had to deal with my own pain. I had to learn to live half of the time without my children, and I had to learn how to effectively co-parent. Fortunately, I was not… >> Read More
Recently, Facebook encouraged all its members to participate in a "10-year challenge," in which just about everyone in your feed posted side-by-side photos of themselves now and 10 years ago, to show…how much they had changed. Most everyone eagerly showed off how they had not aged at all in the last 10 years (whatever!) and posted their photos with glee. Meanwhile, a viable conspiracy theory was making the rounds, stating that this “game” was actually an initiative by the government to register as many people as… >> Read More
As someone just starting to raise a Jewish kid, I'm super aware that I want to give my child a full picture of the diverse spectrum of Jewish life. I don't want him to think that Jews are supposed to…look or be a certain way. And, of course, I want him to know that being a Jew also means looking beyond yourself and fighting for a more just world. As someone who grew up with a house full of books — and who wants to instill a love for reading to her children —… >> Read More
One day, I sent away a test tube filled with my saliva. And the next thing I knew, I had about 10 million relatives, all Ashkenazi Jews like me, around the globe.
DNA kits are something of a…trend these days, and there are at least 10 companies that offer a variety of testing options. There are several different kinds of test reports: some focus on genetic risk for diseases while others are used to identify people with whom you share DNA (i.e. family). We used 23andMe, and although ours included information on a… >> Read More
Miami's South Beach wasn't always the glamorous, glittery paradise that it is today.
I mean, sure, not too long ago, it was basically just a subtropical jungle. But after the city's rapid growth…in the 1920s and '30s — which saw its famed Art Deco buildings rise on the beachfront — and before its present iteration as a super-chic luxury playground, South Beach was, for a brief period spanning the 1970s, something of a Promised Land for elderly Jews. This vanished world, in all its coral-hued and palm-bedecked… >> Read More