Marjorie Ingall is a columnist for Tablet Magazine.
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Worry Like a Jewish Mother

Simple guidelines for making moms neurotic, from Marge Simpson’s favorite magazine, Fretful Mother

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Fun for a Girl and a Bow

From Hunger Games to the London Olympics, archery—a Lag B’Omer tradition and great girl-power sport—is hot

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How Not To Read Aloud to Kids

Want to make your children hate books forever? Here are some tips to keep them from reading—or, for book-loving parents, pitfalls to avoid

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How To Stop a Bully

Even as the Harvey Weinstein-produced film Bully falls flat, Jewish schools are trying new programs that do more than simply raise awareness

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Bat Mitzvahs Get Too Glitzy

Women fought for a ceremony to mark a Jewish girl’s passage into womanhood. Now the ritual’s meaning is often lost amid flashy parties and clothes.

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China Patterns

Lacquer screens, silk pillows, even statues of Buddha—when it comes to decorating their homes, why do so many Jews look to Asia for inspiration?

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Not a Fairy Tale

Children’s book illustrator Tom Seidmann-Freud—Sigmund Freud’s niece—led a short and tragic life, but her surreal, whimsical art endures

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Bye Bye, Baby

As children get older, they need more privacy—especially if their parents are writers. That’s why you won’t read much about my kids anymore.

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Fear Factor

Holocaust books for children can be terrifying—for adults. How do we teach our kids about history without scarring them for life?

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Homemade Esthetics

Overeducated Yuppie parents gush about their kids’ mediocre artwork. But a new book about children’s art suggests that may not be a bad thing.

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Children’s Books 2011

Need Hanukkah gift ideas? From a tale of a Shabbat princess to a Lower East Side detective story, here are the year’s best Jewish kids’ books

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How to Be Grateful

Children parrot their parents in every way—so if you want your kids to feel and express gratitude more frequently, you have to do that yourself

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Unholy Wafers

At first Oreos were an unkosher, forbidden temptation. Then they became just another unhealthy cookie.

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Reprise

My father would chant Torah on Rosh Hashanah’s second day—the binding of Isaac. The holiday reminds me of him and his beloved Mahler symphonies.

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Censors and Sensibility

Under pressure, a Bay Area children’s museum canceled a show of art by children from Gaza. That’s shameful, but so was scheduling the one-sided show.

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God Is in the Details

What a parody bat mitzvah speech tells us about real ones

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Missing

An Ezra Jack Keats exhibit at the Jewish Museum underscores the children’s book author and illustrator’s striking ambivalence about his Jewishness

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Standard and Poor

Standardized testing has destroyed public education. It’s the responsibility of us Jews, who benefited more than anyone from the system, to fix it.

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Going Golem

Forget vampires and zombies. For meaningful meditations on attraction, power, and body, young readers should turn to that ancient Jewish monster, the golem.

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Dynamic Duo

Phineas and Ferb, a smart and fantastically frenetic Disney animated show, features two kids who are curious, inventive, polite, community-minded—everything Jewish parents want their kids to be

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In the Zionist Camp

I have conflicted feelings toward Israel, but I love my daughter’s progressive, tolerant, anti-bullying, anti-materialist—and, yes, Zionist—summer camp

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Predictive Pastry

If Gender Cakes can reveal whether your child will be a boy or a girl—and, in a new trend, they can—just think of all the other life questions that can be answered by clever foodstuffs

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Upstaged

Our celebrity-obsessed culture is depriving children of the lessons learned through playing bit parts

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Cutting Close

Tween star Demi Lovato’s recent admission that she’d engaged in self-harm casts light on what may be growing problem—both in the culture at large and among Jewish girls

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Testing the Limits

Not only is standardized testing plaguing our schools, driving us to cheat, and making our children sick; it’s completely antithetical to Jewish values

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Taste Test

We all love personality-based quizzes. Here’s a perfect one for the people of the book: What does your favorite Jewish children’s book say about you?

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Turned Off

The period between Passover and Shavuot is traditionally a time for reflection; parents would do well to reflect on just how awful most live-action TV programming for kids is

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Passover Perfect

More than any other Jewish holiday, Passover can turn mothers into obsessive control freaks. But if we’re to have a meaningful holiday, we have to resist the madness.

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Refill

Specialty cocktails inspired by the Seder plate offer the flavors of Passover with a twist

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I Am Charlotte’s Tsimmes

As Hadassah publishes a professionally made cookbook on its 100th anniversary, its archive reveals snapshots of changing Jewish American life, one typed and mimeographed recipe book at a time

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