The Best Kids’ Books of 2012

From pirates to dinosaurs, superheroes to baseball, the best of the year’s Jewish-themed children’s books

A Tale of Two Kitchens: How a Nonpartisan Holiday Became Sacred

We have different levels of observance, but my family comes together for one holy day: Thanksgiving

Building True Acceptance

By helping gay kids, synagogues and Jewish schools can make the community better for all of us

The Great War’s Jewish Soldiers

On Veterans Day, I remember my grandfather, who fought in World War I as a Jew and an American

Explaining the Occupation

I’ve taught my children to love Israel. This summer, I tried to start a more complicated conversation.

Brake for Children

I’ve become the overscheduling parent I hate. But Shabbat, havdalah in particular, can slow kids down.

A Sign Upon Your Arm

Will a new conversation about tattoos include my reason for getting one: Jewish pride?

What Makes Toys Meaningful

A facelift for my daughter’s doll and a viral video about a toy monkey teach lessons about redemption

Two Deaths, One Answer

After my brother died, I was frozen with grief—until author Harold Kushner helped me rediscover community

Don’t Fear the Reaper

Shielding kids from the Yizkor memorial service, or death in general, is misguided—as children’s books suggest

Teaching Kids To Apologize

The High Holidays are the perfect time to instruct children in the art of saying ‘I’m sorry’—and meaning it

Finding My Spiritual Safety Net in Synagogue

I led Rosh Hashanah services while awaiting my mom’s diagnosis and was reborn before the congregation

Jewish Guys on the Side

Hanna Rosin’s book The End of Men says women now outperform men. Is that true in Jewish communal life?

School Isn’t (Always) Like Jail

My son’s first day of class went surprisingly well: no knife fights in the schoolyard, no time in solitary confinement

Preschool Application Madness

Think your kid can get into the B’nai Bagel Preschool for Overly Gifted Toddlers? Take the test.

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