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.

Selling Sex to Nursing Moms

Breastfeeding mothers have enough to think about without worrying that they’re not sufficiently sexy

Florida’s Airport Ambassador

Betty Sussman, 80, finds her calling as an official greeter at Palm Beach International Airport

Israel Made My Parents Cool

When I was a kid, my folks were ordinary suburbanites. Then they retired, made aliyah, and got hip.

Lessons From Losers

Forget the Olympics and going for the gold. Books about baseball show kids why it’s OK—even good—not to win.

Reporter Digs Up Converso Past

New York Times writer Doreen Carvajal goes to Spain to understand why her ancestors hid their Jewish roots

Camp Songs for Neurotic Parents

Anxious about sending your kids to camp? Don’t just fret—sing along to some of your favorite songs.

Getting Grandma’s Blessing

When I got engaged—to another rabbi, and another woman—my grandmother’s approval didn’t come easy

Childhood Memories for Resale

A thrift shop in New York’s East Village holds the story of my kids’ early years, and of a changed neighborhood

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