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What Is It About Bedtime?

Rabbi Menachem Creditor | Posted 07.20.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Menachem Creditor

Daylight is fading, eyelids are drooping -- a gentle goodnight seems natural. On the other hand, there is the "simple task" of getting a child to bed, tucking them in, and finally going to take care of "grown-up stuff." How difficult it is to preserve this escapable sacred experience.

The Four Children Of American Judaism

Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg | Posted 05.25.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg

The four children of Passover -- the wise child, the wicked child, the simple child and the one who does not know how to ask -- get a lot of play this time of year. They're profound blueprints for the spiritual journey. In fact, they could be understood as stages in the religious growth of many American Jews.

New Haggadah Options In Time For Passover

Rabbi Jason Miller | Posted 05.22.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Jason Miller

The 21st century has seen a seismic shift from the rather bland (and free) Maxwell House Haggadah to more creative versions. And that transition has afforded many Jewish families some poetic liberties with the seder script.

Innovative And Fun Passover Seder Ideas

Rabbi Jason Miller | Posted 05.15.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Jason Miller

For young children ,it can be a frustrating and kvetchy experience as they watch each adult at the table take a turn reading the midrashic commentary of our ancestors' exodus from Egyptian slavery.

What Does Hanukkah Mean to my Autistic Son?

Liane Kupferberg Carter | Posted 02.11.2013 | Parents
Liane Kupferberg Carter

This year, "eight days" has personal resonance. During the ordeal of hurricane Sandy six weeks ago, we lost power for eight days. It was inky black beyond the fire's glow. I finally understood, on a visceral level, why for millennia, people stared down darkness with celebrations of light.

The Swastika in Our Neighborhood

Barbara Becker | Posted 04.09.2012 | New York
Barbara Becker

While walking with my 8-year-old son near our home in Manhattan, he spotted a purple swastika scrawled across a billboard advertisement. As I took in the complexities of the situation, my son uttered words that made my heart break.

Hebrew School Dilemma

Steph Thompson | Posted 08.22.2011 | Women
Steph Thompson

Every Monday faithfully, for years, I have brought my children to Hebrew School. But recently, my own weak reasoning doesn't seem to resonate, not with me, and not with my kids.

Thanks To The Imam, My Little Son Got Serious About Synagogue

Marc Gopin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Marc Gopin

He came to Synagogue with me, with the glove, as usual, but I caught him watching and listening intently to ceremony, mouthing many of the words he did not know yet. I saw him begin to explore his identity as a spiritual being.