Bending my rules—but not breaking them—let my son play ball without forgetting that family and synagogue still come first
New rituals create ways to symbolically acknowledge Jews’ covenant with God without actually circumcising infants
The nationalist anthem my kids sing at camp makes me uneasy. But I grew up reciting a jingoistic pledge, and I turned out OK.
While kids play ball, swap clothes, and steal their first kisses, they also learn about community, identity, and being a mensch
They lie. They cheat. The treat their kids terribly. This Father’s Day, be thankful your own dad is such a mensch.
Through music, politics, and barbecue, Etgar 36 trips help high-school students develop a sense of identity as Jews and Americans
Visiting Odessa, the city where I grew up, I learned how Isaac Babel turned my great-great-grandmother into an iconic character
How Jewish moms might have put their kids on the path to greatness—perhaps unintentionally
‘The Jewish Daughter Diaries’ paints an often-predictable portrait of Jewish moms. My own family’s history is more complicated.
When one teen began bingeing and purging, there were places she could go, but her mother felt she had nowhere to turn
‘The Whispering Town’ and ‘Hidden’ are among the best contributions in years to Holocaust literature for young children
Jonathan Groubert discovers just how unreliable family histories can be when held up against archives and artifacts
A genetic test for Tay-Sachs revealed surprising results—and helped my husband and me discover what Judaism means to us
My father used to share his harrowing childhood memories every year at the Seder. Now I make sure his memories will survive.