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"The Middlesteins" Author Jami Attenberg on "The Interview Show"

Mark Bazer | Posted 09.29.2013 | Books
Mark Bazer

Jami Attenberg, author of "The Middlesteins," talks with "The Interview Show" host Mark Bazer about the joy she gets from writing, the response to her...

Legacy And Family: A Hadran For Harry Potter

Rabbi Menachem Creditor | Posted 07.28.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Menachem Creditor

When my wife and I chose the names of our three precious children, we were committed to naming them after family members we had loved and lost. It struck me immediately, when our youngest daughter was named, that the pantheon of my ancestral family was whole again.

Two Kinds Of Jews: Ashamed And Proud

Eliyahu Federman | Posted 06.15.2013 | Religion
Eliyahu Federman

My father grew up with little to no Jewish tradition. No Shabbat. No Menorah. No Kosher. He spent much of his life searching for an identity. Eventually, he discovered and embraced his Jewish heritage at an Oglala tribal meeting on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota.

Millennials Shift Seder Focus From Freedom to Family

Win Bassett | Posted 06.04.2013 | Religion
Win Bassett

Like its counterparts of the synagogue and the halakha, the Passover meal observed today may not be so traditional. It is now steeped in a different tradition -- doctrine is out, and family is in.

Why I Don't Keep Kosher For Passover Anymore

Mara Shapiro | Posted 05.28.2013 | Religion
Mara Shapiro

It's that time of year that every Jew dreads. Eight days without bread, pizza, pasta or anything else that leavens. But not in our house.

How Easter And Passover Can Make Your Family Happier

Bruce Feiler | Posted 05.22.2013 | Religion
Bruce Feiler

Over the next week, tens of millions of people will do something so familiar it's easy to forget how radical it is: They will commemorate the worst moments of their past. What rightful people put their most ignoble days at the heart of their identity? The answer: a people that wants to survive.

The Blessing Of (A Neurotic) Family: Genesis 28:10-32:3

Rabbi Burton L. Visotzky, Ph.D. | Posted 01.20.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Burton L. Visotzky, Ph.D.

What was Jacob's special merit that God singled him out and named our people after him? You would think Jacob's chutzpah would garner a rebuke from God, not a reward.

The Pain Of Coming From Divorce

Shloime Dachs | Posted 01.07.2013 | Religion
Shloime Dachs

Everyone knows someone who is going through divorce. It's distressing and hard to deal with. I witness firsthand the children who come to OHEL, a community service organization where I serve on the Board, and tell stories of getting picked on and feeling helpless.

Blessing Each Other: A Parent's Sabbath Prayer

Judy Bolton-Fasman | Posted 10.31.2012 | Religion
Judy Bolton-Fasman

There is nothing sweeter in this life than blessing one's children, especially on a Friday night. When Anna and Adam were little I'd drop to my knees to so that they could look into my eyes and tacitly understand that blessing them was an act of thanksgiving and humility for me.

Havdalah: Closer Together, Even In Separation

Jordana Horn | Posted 10.15.2012 | Religion
Jordana Horn

Havdalah separates Shabbat from the rest of the week, but also builds a bridge between the two. So too with my small family: when we are apart and reunited, we rekindle the joy of being together.

Observing My Legacy In My Genes

Harry Ostrer | Posted 08.15.2012 | Religion
Harry Ostrer

Jews have characterized themselves as a people, but with these genetic links, they are more like an extended family.

Why Religious Jews Have So Many Children

Elad Nehorai | Posted 08.08.2012 | Religion
Elad Nehorai

It's only after I became a Hasidic Jew and had my own child that I've really begun to understand why a person would, and should, want to have children. At a young age. Lots of them. Seriously.

What Inspired A Hollywood Executive To Bring CSI To Israel?

Anav Silverman | Posted 08.07.2012 | Religion
Anav Silverman

Her work in the entertainment industry in LA has allowed her to promote Israel through pop culture in a variety of projects ranging from indie and documentary films to organizing celebrity trips to the country.

Bringing Light: A Jewel Of Elul By Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz

Posted 11.07.2011 | Religion

Editor's note: There is a great Jewish tradition to dedicate the 29 days in the month of Elul to study and prepare for the coming high holy days. The ...

Can The Jewish Community Encourage In-Marriage And Welcome Interfaith Families?

Edmund C. Case | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Edmund C. Case

There needs to be a fundamental change in Jewish attitudes towards intermarriage. We need to embrace the potential for positive Jewish outcomes, and stop talking about intermarriage as bad.

An Interview With the Smart and Savvy Jill Zarin

2morrowknight | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
2morrowknight

Long before being a recognizable celebrity, Jill Zarin had a long record of accomplishment that reveals her to be nothing less than a Renaissance woma...