The countdown has begun – less than a year until my oldest child’s bat mitzvah. As a parent, mixed emotions flood my head. I want your thoughts.
A perfect handbook? No. But Carin Davis dishes out plenty of witty advice in “Life, Love, Lox: Real-World Advice for the Modern Jewish Girl.” And the end result is pretty entertaining.
I want to eat ethically, but not kosherly. Is that okay? And if it’s okay, why do I feel so much guilt?
Dear Shuli: This situation with Talmud Torah of St. Paul has been causing a great deal of tzores. I want to support Talmud Torah, but I want to send my girls to public school. How should I respond? — School of Thought
Dear Shuli: At synagogue this week I noticed a former student visiting her parents. I haven’t seen her in months, and she looked way too thin—and unhealthy. What should I do? –Worried Teacher
Dear Shuli: My brother got drunk at the seder last year, couldn’t help with the dishes, and I got resentful. How can I get past this so I’m not still mad this Pesach? –Manischewitz Maiden
Dear Shuli: A close colleague of mine just passed away, and his funeral is this Saturday — Shabbat. I really want to pay my respects at the funeral. Should I go? — Farklempt Friend
Dear Shuli: It’s my favorite holiday, but this year I’m anxious about the upcoming Pesach (Passover). My mom recently remarried … Her new husband is Jewish, but totally secular. Should I invite both of them to our seder, or just her? — Passed Over
Dear Shuli: We’re trying to get to know our new next-door neighbors, who have two children about the same age as ours. Should I worry about their kid influencing mine, or hope that mine provides the good influence? — Neighbor Tsores
Dear Shuli: A good friend of mine here in the Twin Cities has invited me to her wedding this spring on the West Coast. This trip is really not in my budget, although I had hoped to go. What should I say? — Something Blue