Cutting Family Ties

The cards my Christian paternal grandparents sent me as a child came with small checks—and a hidden agenda

My Spiritual Fitness Regimen

Instead of focusing on dieting before my daughter’s bat mitzvah, I decided to get in shape emotionally

Making a Jewish Home

I’m engaged to a non-Jew. We plan to build a Jewish family, even if it won’t look exactly like the one I grew up in.

Ryan Lochte’s Talmud Lesson

The Talmud tells parents to teach our kids to swim. The Olympic champ and reality TV star makes that easier.

Ghosts of My Grandfather’s Village

The Holocaust destroyed Plock’s Jewish community. But the exodus started decades earlier, after World War I.

Paying Our Fair Share: Explaining Taxes to Kids

As we rush to file our taxes, parents should take a moment to teach kids about money—and Jewish ethics

A Chained Man

Thanks to the patchwork of laws about same-sex marriage, I got trapped in legal limbo when I wanted a divorce

Seeing God at Yankee Stadium

When I caught a foul ball at a baseball game, I felt the divine presence—and it changed my whole life

Confessions of a Wicked Daughter

Every Passover, my family makes me the Seder’s “wicked son.” I don’t mind—it’s a part I was born to play.

Our Unexpected Passover Guest

Nobody expected my grandfather to show up at my apartment for Passover—two months after he died

Doing Mitzvah Projects Right

Don’t just ask for donations at your bar or bat mitzvah. Do some homework and find a cause with meaning.

An Unwed Woman of Valor

In My Mother’s Wars, Lillian Faderman recalls her single mother’s frustrated efforts to save her family from the Holocaust

Coming Out for Purim

The Purim Superhero, a new picture book for Jewish children, includes gay parents. It’s about time.

Kissing Cousins

My grandmother set me up with a cute, Jewish girl. We had a lot in common—including our family tree.

A Baby’s Journey Back to Health

When my newborn daughter became gravely ill, I found strength in the first Torah portion I ever chanted

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