What my father and I learned by studying Talmud—and each other
Jews understand why humor really is the best medicine
Lessons my mother taught me about getting older
I never liked ‘Fiddler on the Roof.’ But watching ‘Tevye’—a Yiddish film released 80 years ago, long before the musical—with my father, I changed my view of the legendary lead character.
In my New Jersey town, Torah comes before bread
When I inherited money from my father, I had to face an odd realization: Maybe I didn’t want the money at all.
A son must face the daunting task of writing the epitaph for his father’s headstone
Why do so many of us misplace our tefillin? And what, if anything, does it say about our faith?
The popular show’s heroes aren’t tough guys; they’re just a new and troubling iteration of the Jew as bumbling shmendrick
Waiting for services to begin in a small shul in Tzfat, I was suddenly visited by my Zeide
When a bunch of psychoanalysts try talking about the Jewish state, they reveal a lot about their own repressed feelings
I inherited more than Dad’s unexpected savings. I also inherited his way with money.
As a child, I yearned for a chance to fight a good, clean war like my uncle, who enlisted after Japan attacked. Instead, I got Nixon and a lesson about God’s complicated plan.
For many, a new Star Trek series is an event of quasi-religious significance. For me, it’s a reminder of an actual religious awakening, brought on by one wise Vulcan.
My father taught me Talmud as a boy—whether I wanted to learn it or not
I spent years searching for romance, without success, until my grandfather and my rebbe showed me just how simple it could be
My youthful admiration for religious teachers, and my desire to please and even emulate them, ultimately helped me connect with myself as a Jewish adult
My mother’s terrifying fear of losing me started with her fear of being lost herself
Why Jared and Ivanka’s anonymously granted Shabbat exemption is problematic
My father taught me that a Jew waits. And so I wait, out here in the pumpkin patch.
If I wanted my daughter to learn to love the Sabbath, I had to bend my own rules just a little
Entering a weightlifting contest challenged everything I was raised to value