Parenting By Parsha: Miketz

This morning my wife, kiddo, and I were snuggled up on the couch. We weren’t in too much of a hurry — a runny nose yesterday meant that we were waiting for the results of a PCR test before our toddler could go to school. Personally, I love how careful our kid’s school is about […]

Hanukkah Lights and Abortion Rights

On the third day of Hanukkah, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. This is one of the most consequential lawsuits in decades concerning reproductive freedom, and the first case that the Supreme Court has taken in which a state is directly calling upon the Court to overturn the […]

Jew Review: ‘The Matzah Ball’

When Jean Meltzer’s father suggested to her that she write a book, he also told her it shouldn’t be a Jewish one — “No one reads those,” he told her. Well, thankfully, apparently Meltzer didn’t listen to that last bit of advice. Her first novel, The Matzah Ball, published by MIRA Books, features “everything Jewish” […]

Daily Dreidel: A Hanukkah Activity For Couples 

Hanukkah approaches. In this busy season, it’s easy to neglect your relationship as you get swept up in cooking, making the holiday special, and shuttling kids back and forth. If your relationship could use a fresh look and some intentional care, give this playful take on the game of dreidel a spin. If you have […]

Parenting By Parsha: Vayishlach

This week’s portion begins with an ominous pronouncement: “Jacob sent messengers ahead to his brother Esau in the land of Seir, the country of Edom.” Jacob is traveling with his family, servants, cattle, and belongings, and he has realized that he may just run into his long-lost twin—the same guy he tricked out of a […]

Parenting By Parsha: Toldot

This is the story of Isaac,” begins this week’s Torah portion, “son of Abraham.” After weeks of stories that star Abraham and Sarah, it seems as though Isaac will finally have his 15 minutes of fame. This promise doesn’t bear out, though. Instead, Isaac (arguably the least dynamic of our forefathers) is led from place […]

Kedem & Kilimanjaro

I’ve given a few different irreverent answers when people have asked why I’m undertaking this physically demanding (and not cheap) journey to climb Kilimanjaro. If you must know, there’s some truth in each of the replies. Yes, it’s a bucket list item; yes, I plan to do a headstand at some point along the way […]

Finding Fall

It’s been a good run Of late summer fun But fall is creeping in As I sit by my place I start beginning to trace Signs of the new season As it begins The breeze feels amazing The leaves’ colors are changing Then finding their way To the ground The nights are much colder The […]

The Jewish Case For Rent Stabilization

When I go to rallies and marches for progressive social change, I often hear the phrase chanted “Housing is a human right!” and I wonder to myself – what does that even mean? I’ve recently concluded more than four and a half years as the Housing Organizer at Jewish Community Action. In that time organizing […]

Parenting By Parsha: Bereshit

My first thought when I finished reading this week’s portion was, “Wow, that was a lot.” In one Torah portion, the Bible takes us through two iterations of the creation story, the naming of all the creatures in the world, the tragedy of Cain and Abel, and a litany of descendants spanning from Adam to […]