Imagining the Lives of the Jewish Mothers Behind Famous Jews

How Jewish moms might have put their kids on the path to greatness—perhaps unintentionally

Jewish Mothers vs. Mothers Who Happen To Be Jewish

‘The Jewish Daughter Diaries’ paints an often-predictable portrait of Jewish moms. My own family’s history is more complicated.

Ultra-Orthodox Parents of Children With Mental Illness Face Lonely Struggles

When one teen began bingeing and purging, there were places she could go, but her mother felt she had nowhere to turn

Two Excellent New Picture Books Help Kids Learn About the Holocaust

‘The Whispering Town’ and ‘Hidden’ are among the best contributions in years to Holocaust literature for young children

Neither Anatevka Nor Auschwitz: One Man’s Revelatory Roots Trip to Poland

Jonathan Groubert discovers just how unreliable family histories can be when held up against archives and artifacts

Testing Positive for Judaism: Unlocking a Family’s Genetic Secret

A genetic test for Tay-Sachs revealed surprising results—and helped my husband and me discover what Judaism means to us

Our Family’s Twin Passover Tales: Escaping From Egypt and the Soviet Union

My father used to share his harrowing childhood memories every year at the Seder. Now I make sure his memories will survive.

Everyone Knows That Kids Today Are Spoiled. Is Everyone Wrong?

Author Alfie Kohn bucks conventional wisdom about parenting. He makes some good points, when he’s not simply being contrarian.

‘Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah’: Inside 19th-Century Yiddish Letter-Writing Manuals

Correspondence templates taught Jews both literacy and how to be modern. A new anthology shows their entertainment value.

When a Daughter of the Holocaust Meets a Daughter of the Third Reich

No one Lynn talked to understood how she, the child of a survivor, could cut ties with her family. Then she met Inga.

When My Baby Says Her First Word, Will It Be in English or in Russian?

As a Soviet Jewish émigré, I broke all ties to Russia and its language—or so I thought, until my daughter was born

Intermarried Couples Can Still Build Jewishly Engaged Families

My husband is Episcopalian, but together we have created a committed Jewish family and stayed part of the Jewish community

Your Kids Love ‘Cosmos.’ Keep Them Interested in Science With These Books.

The relaunched TV series can inspire children to read more about the universe. Here are some great titles to get them started.

Orthodox Parents of LGBT Children Navigate Their Own Coming Out Process

A weekend retreat inspires advocacy for gay Orthodox Jews and creates a support network for families in religious communities

How a Purim Treat Turned Into a Purim Chore—and Finally a Source of Joy

We publish a comic holiday newsletter for our friends. Recently it started to feel like work, until I learned the meaning of ‘mitzvah.’

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