I was edged out on Friday evening. The carefully planned operation was carried out by grandson number two, the one with the red hair.
“Move over, Pop. I’ll do it,” he said firmly, prodding…me in the ribs with a sharp elbow. It’s like this: I say the Friday night kiddush. I have been saying it for 50 or 60 years now. I say it every Friday night. Winter and summer. With or without the book. Sitting, standing, or even pacing, if necessary. I can say it backwards, sideways,… >> Read More
On a Friday night at Wendy's in Southern California, a group of senior citizens gather to celebrate Shabbat with milkshakes, fries, and chili, as is their tradition. Only this time, everything feels…quite different. Tearing up, an elderly man says, "I don't handle this sort of thing well." "It's just hard to believe that anybody can have so much hate," a woman shares. In this brief followup to Wendy's Shabbat, a heartwarming short film about a group of elderly Jews who celebrate the weekly Sabbath at a local… >> Read More
Like everyone else, I have been grappling with how to process the events of Pittsburgh — both for myself and for my children, ages 6 and 19 months.
A friend asked me the other day, "how are you…doing?" To be honest, I didn’t know how to answer: I felt like I had not processed any of it, because my primary effort has been to shelter my children, and therefore I was also sheltering myself a little. In trying to protect them, I bottled in my emotions. I recognize that may not be… >> Read More
Alex Borstein, fresh off her Emmy win for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, shared a trio of Instagram posts to celebrate the holiday of Sukkot.
Borstein, the 47-year-old Jewish actress, has entered the…spotlight this year due to her star turn as Susie on The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. And while it may be weird to post about Sukkot, the Jewish harvest festival that's not exactly a huge mainstream holiday, Borstein does not care. Borstein adores Sukkot. And we adore her. In her first post, Borstein writes, "Gonna transform this into our sukkah… >> Read More
It was my first week of college, and I realized very quickly that I was different than virtually all the Jewish kids I met at American University. Like so many of them, I celebrated the Jewish…holidays, went to Hebrew school, and had a bat mitzvah. But there was one major thing that separated me from the pack: I didn’t go to sleepaway camp. As I listened to my new friends play Jewish Geography and dish about their camp friendships and hook-ups, I couldn’t help but feel I was missing something… >> Read More