Marjorie Ingall is a columnist for Tablet Magazine.
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Fun Factor

Natalie Portman, the Harvard-educated, politically active, award-nominated actress, is a great example of why kids should stop trying so hard and start having fun

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Illustrious

Simms Taback, prolific children’s book author and illustrator and designer of the original McDonald’s Happy Meal, creates art that is kooky, zany, poignant, and seriously Jewish

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Medium Well

Saying goodbye to Medium, the surprisingly Jewish television show that perfectly captured the realities of parenting, the depths of grief, and the joys of everyday life

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Good Kitty, Bad Kitty

Benno and the Night of Broken Glass, a new picture book about a cat witnessing Kristallnacht, raises the unavoidable question: Do cute kitties belong in stories about the Holocaust?

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We Are Family

The All-of-a-Kind Family books, marking their 60th anniversary, are a classic text of becoming American. They’re also a still-moving tribute to sisterhood.

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Fighting Words

Kids are exposed to many loaded terms each day, from ‘gay’ to ‘Yid’ to the n-word. Some are OK to use, in some contexts, for some people. Some are not. How can we teach them which are which?

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For Real

Reality TV may often be silly, shallow, and trashy. But Top Chef, Project Runway, and other hits can help us teach our children about morality and values.

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Looking Ahead

The secular new year forces us to look forward, and tradition requires we make resolutions.

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Conclusion to the Name That Cat Saga

Because you demanded it!

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Santa Pause

What are Jewish parents to do when every show on television drips with Christmas cheer? Here are four strategies for managing your children’s expectations in this most un-Jewish time of year.

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Raving Stitches

Hebrew Union’s exhibit of quilts and other textiles highlights an unheralded art and its spiritual messages

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Name That Cat

Why, yes, it *is* a slow news day, why do you ask?

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Gag Order

As Hanukkah’s end nears, a cheeky guide to some last-minute gift possibilities

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Children of the Book

Part II: As Hanukkah approaches, a look at the year’s best Jewish books for older kids

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Children of the Book

As Hanukkah approaches, a look at the year’s best Jewish picture books

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The Others

Several new books for children and young adults ask us to see the world through Palestinian kids’ eyes

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Out of the Silence

A new young-adult novel tackles sexual abuse in the ultra-Orthodox world

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I Wish They All Could Be Jewish Derby Girls

Like Ruth Hater Ginsburg and Mazel Tov Cocktail

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Restoring Parenting Sanity

While Colbert and Stewart face off in D.C., parents, too, hover between sanity and fear

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Grover the Jew

Get ready for a new ‘Shalom Sesame’

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A Very New Window in a Very Old Shul

The Museum at Eldridge Street’s welcome makeover

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Get It Better

Bullying is wrong, but so are facile solutions

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Oh, Sylvia

Pioneering feminist comics artist Nicole Hollander has drawn her big-haired, big-nosed heroine for 30 years

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All the Happy Couples

The ‘N.J. Jewish Standard’ strikes gay partners from its pages

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K’tonton Time

The vintage children’s book about a Jewish Tom Thumb still speaks to today’s kids

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The End

Finishing the Torah cycle, like finishing a scary children’s book, provides a much-needed sense of accomplishment

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The Grave Outdoors

To the neurotic urban parent, Sukkot might as well be called Booths of Death

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Hunger Games

How a current best-seller gets Yom Kippur shockingly right