Twistees, Technology, and T’shuva: An Elul Reflection

A new word has entered our popular lexicon courtesy of the Olympics and Simon Biles: a twistee. A twistee occurs when a gymnast experiences a lack of alignment between their body and their mind in executing a gymnastic routine. Biles experienced this in the preliminary warm-ups of the team gymnastics competition in the Tokyo games. […]

More Than A High Holiday Mailer

I just spent two hours with my synagogue’s High Holiday guide which arrived in the mail last week. Two. Hours. Longer than any Pottery Barn catalog I’ve memorized, and I’ve cuddled up with many over the years. I smelled the pages like I would a well-loved, dog-eared Nancy Drew novel in my Grandma’s musty attic. […]

Parenting By Parsha: Ki Tetzeh

When I first conceived of this column, I ran it by an editor friend who told me it was a bad idea. “Aren’t there a lot of weekly portions that won’t connect to parenthood?” she asked me, obviously skeptical about how long I could keep this thing going. I admitted that this was a concern, […]

Parenting By Parsha: Re’eh

This week’s portion is chock-full of interesting things to write about. So full, in fact, that I had to read it a few times before I could choose something. We’re getting into the weeds of the Torah, that section before the Pentateuch wraps up in blazing glory as we get near to Shemini Atzeret this […]

Parenting By Parsha: VaEtchanan

A few weeks ago, my cousins came to visit us from Boston. It was a joyous day — we hadn’t seen one another for ages due to COVID-19 regulations. We hugged, and caught up, and ate cherry pie. Also, they brought a birthday gift for our little one — magnetic tiles to build with.  Our […]

Parenting By Parsha: Dvarim

My kid is a risk-taker. While there may have been some question about this (Does he understand what he’s doing? Did I make the boundaries clear?) it’s now undoubtedly true — this kiddo enjoys pushing the envelope.  I shouldn’t be that surprised to discover this, I suppose. I wasn’t exactly a shy-and-blushing wallflower myself. I […]

From Devils Lake To The Shores Of Devils Lake

I spent the first 14 years of my life in Devils Lake, North Dakota, population about 6,000. Until my brother was born, I was the only Jewish child in town. There were enough adults to gather a minyan for a Yahrzeit. No one kept kosher any longer.  My parents wanted me to have a Jewish […]

Not a Normal Israeli Friday

Those not infected by extremism and hatred began to meet it with the mixture of black humor, determination, and PTSD that defend and define each of us in Israel. 

Parenting By Parsha: Nasso

When I was growing up, my family had a lot of rituals we carried out on Friday evenings to welcome the Shabbat. They did evolve over the years, as all things do, but there are a few that remain constant and stand out particularly in my memory.  We always lit candles with my mother. I […]

Adath’s Gan Shelanu Preschool Is Expanding

Following a highly successful 2020-2021 in-person school year, and in answer to families’ requests, Gan Shelanu is adding more classes and more options for the coming 2021-2022 school year. The Adath Congregation’s award-winning preschool program provides a rich variety of learning experiences intended to stimulate the cognitive and social development of the child within a […]