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The Wedding We Never Thought We’d Have

After nine years together, we got married. But we could only accept tradition after we grappled with it.

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What Pixar Movies Can Teach Us About Death and Loss

Coco offers a grown-up depiction of mourning

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Rethinking Infidelity

‘This thing has existed since marriage was invented,’ says Esther Perel, author of The State of Affairs

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The Best Jewish Children’s Books of 2017

Let the last-minute Hanukkah shopping commence!

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The Best WWII Children’s Museum You’ve Never Heard Of

Amsterdam’s Dutch Resistance Museum Junior offers spectacular interactive education

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The Language of Our Love

Measuring a relationship in poems and tractates of Talmud

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From the Maternity Ward to a Luxury Suite

In Israel, more new mothers are opting to spend a few days in upscale ‘baby hotels’ after they give birth

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Budapest and Boston: Betwixt and Between

On braiding together and picking apart my Hungarian, American, and Jewish selves

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Bringing Immigrant Stories Home

The Tenement Museum’s new exhibit focuses on families who came to the Lower East Side relatively recently

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Inside Ellis Island’s Immigrant Hospital

An effort is underway to save old buildings crumbling into dust

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Picture Books for Parents Who Are Ambivalent About Israel

How to teach children about the Jewish State without cheerleading for Israel

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Sacrificing My Childhood

My father taught me Talmud as a boy—whether I wanted to learn it or not

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Tupperware Parties—for Pot

A San Francisco-based women’s collective hosts cannabis-themed gatherings informed by Jewish tradition

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Teaching Kids About the Plight of Refugees

A new crop of books introduces young readers to people who fled their homes—in earlier decades, and today

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Monuments and Memory

Europe’s Holocaust memorials—and America’s Confederate monuments

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‘I’d Like to Become a Bird’

My great-great-grandmother’s letters—in Ladino—paint a portrait of the Sephardic community on the Isle of Rhodes, moments before it was destroyed in the Holocaust

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Reclaiming My Name

Staying connected to my family meant coming to terms with more than one name

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Lessons in Love

I spent years searching for romance, without success, until my grandfather and my rebbe showed me just how simple it could be

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Saying No to Kids

In Israel, women are saying they can lead full lives without having children

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How to Have a Successful Marriage

A rabbi’s advice for couples who want to stay together

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The Woman Behind Eloise

Kay Thompson, creator of the legendary children’s book character, had lots of secrets—including her Jewish roots

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Losing My Daughter

A father’s story

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The Silence of the Dads

Why there are no jokes about Jewish fathers

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Betting on the Bible

My father tried his luck on a surprising set of numbers

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On Cheesecake

The traditional Shavuot dessert is held together with memories as much as with cream cheese

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Missing in Action

Keeping alive the memory of my uncle, lost at sea in WWII

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My Grandmother, the Undocumented Immigrant

On a recent trip to Cuba, I learned more about my grandmother’s journey to America—and the different ways my family has interpreted that piece of our history

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Lost and Found. And Lost Again.

My mother’s terrifying fear of losing me started with her fear of being lost herself

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Call Me ‘Mom’

A word that used to be tinged with condescension and snark has been rehabilitated as a marker of female solidarity

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The Helicopter Shrink

When I was pregnant, my therapist became a maternal figure for me—and ultimately helped me appreciate my own mother in an unexpected way

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