We are horrified by the tragic mass murder in Connecticut, a tragedy we can scarcely fathom. Even though our revelry is dampened by the sadness, we will not let our celebration be swallowed up.
Our daughters are awash in princesses and pink. Is this pinkification and princess obsession harming our girls? Is being a princess a career? I put these questions to Peggy Orenstein, author of Cinderella Ate My Daughter: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the New Girlie-Girl Culture.
I look forward to a prosperous 2013, and while I haven't been following politics lately, I believe that both parties are capable of bringing us back to times we've only read about -- like the ice age.
The most wonderful time of the year? Not for your checking account. According to the National Retail Federation, the average holiday shopper spends $750 on gifts and décor at Christmas time. But where do they get the extra dough?
The news about the school shootings in Connecticut reached me just before Shabbat, the seventh day of Hanukkah. Candle-lighting seemed more needed than usual that evening.
For parents of different faiths, December often brings holiday challenges. For divorced parents with joint custody, these challenges can be amplified.
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Presiding over this historic gathering, the first time a chief rabbi of Israel has sat down together with American Muslim leaders, I reflected that its very occurrence showed about how far Muslims and Jews have come together in six short years.
The good news is this: you can still have dessert.
Hanukkah will never be a replacement for Christmas -- and it shouldn't have to be. But can I justify celebrating Christmas while still calling myself a Jew?
I was praying for divine guidance when I asked these questions and amazingly, God answered me. He told me I should stop eating green peppers. At least someone's listening.
I was driven by peer pressure. The sirens who had shamed me into abandoning my Android, enticing me into their Yuppy, uppity App-y iPhone planet, were sick of explaining its unnecessary assets to me.
At this time of year we go about joyfully wishing one another "Happy Holidays." The word "holiday" is the combination of two Old English words: "holy" and "day." We are really wishing happy "holy days" for one another--referring primarily to Christmas and Hanukkah.
This is the season of darkness, it's true. But I believe today more than ever that one of our most profound acts as human beings, and perhaps our most unifying, is our insistence on celebrating the light at the exact time it appears lost to us.
The Miami Heat hosted a Jewish heritage night at the basketball team's Dec. 12 game at American Airlines Arena, with tens of thousands in attendance. How odd, I thought, to celebrate Hanukkah in a sports arena, given that the concept of sports is emblematic of Greek culture.
What exactly are you incredulous about? People being themselves. Exactly as they've always been, year after year. Why is it so hard to live with the way people are? Because we can't accept it. Because we want them to be different. Surprise! They are still the same. Surprise again! So are we.