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

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

Do Jews (and Cubans, and Nigerians) Know the Secret to Success in America?

The author of 2011’s most notorious parenting book is back with ‘The Triple Package,’ an even more divisive book written with her husband

When It Comes to Becoming a Mother, Sometimes Less Really Is More

I tried to get pregnant for months. But when my fertility treatments worked too well, I faced an unexpected moral quandary.

My Parents Did the Mazinka, a Jewish Dance to Celebrate Their Empty Nest

When my youngest sister got married, our parents marked the day with an unexpectedly traditional celebration. And it changed them.

Ethical Parenting Is More Than Possible. It’s Essential, for Parents and Children Alike.

Don’t break the rules just to help your kids get ahead. Teach them to be mensches by setting an example with your own behavior.

How Praying Together Can Offer Hope—Even When Prayers Aren’t Answered

Every night, I took part in a prayer group to help a sick child and her family. But I’m the one who ended up transformed.

Facing the Naked Truth About My Father’s Declining Health, and What It Means for Me

When I was young, my father cared for me. Now he’s old and needs my help, but can I really provide it?

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

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.

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.

Worry Like a Jewish Mother

Simple guidelines for making moms neurotic, from Marge Simpson’s favorite magazine, Fretful Mother

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