Schools of Thought: Embodying Racial Harmony in the Classroom

On Martin Luther King Day, remembering the advantages of a public-school—rather than day-school—education

Parents, Mind Your Manners

It’s hard to teach kids etiquette when adults behave badly. So put down your smartphone and pay attention.

The Wall Between Us

At his bar mitzvah, my son took his place in the men’s section of the shul—a place where mothers can’t go

How To Civilize Your Kids

Don’t pay someone else to teach your children etiquette. Just start early—and make them write thank-you notes.

Booster Shot for Jewish Values

Jewish teaching and public health agree: Vaccinate your kids. What should be done about the opt-outers?

The Last Kaddish

Mourning for my mother saw me through anger, doubt, and numbness—and brought me closer to her

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

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