Parenting, Judaism, and Other Crazy Journeys



Squanto’s Russian Accent

When I came to pick up my kids from school yesterday, I caught the tail end of story hour in my daughter's preschool. Her teacher, who immigrated to Boston years ago, held a large picture book for the group's perusal.... Continue Reading →

Let’s march with WW2’s veterans

The last few weeks have been a whirlwind of special days in Israel - Passover was barely over before we commemorated the holocaust on Holocaust Remembrance Day, mourned our fallen soldiers on Yom Hazikaron, and celebrated Israel's 69th birthday on Independence Day.... Continue Reading →

The empty space

When someone dies, a world of choices dies with him. A world of small and big changes that would have happened within her over time. A world of shifts and growth and transformational moments, and the kind of daily joys... Continue Reading →

Share your Jerusalem Moments

The 50th Yom Yerushalayim is around the corner, replete with celebrations of this grand narrative or that important value, this past achievement or that agenda for the future. These celebration will place our city on a glorious pedestal, and ask... Continue Reading →

What I mean when I give you shalach manot

Let's talk for a second about shalach manot. Most of the megillah reads like a living, writhing entanglement of power plays. From the first party (where the king, determined to show his might and wealth, decrees that everyone should celebrate... Continue Reading →

Joining the Exodus

Four years ago, my father celebrated his Bar Mitzvah. He was 65-year-old at the time, well above the traditional 13, but growing up in  the USSR wasn't exactly conducive to religious celebrations. My father didn't even celebrate the Jewish holidays... Continue Reading →

When Diaspora Jewry Burst my Bubble

Unlike most of my Israeli peers, I grew up surrounded by exemplary Diaspora Jews. Leaders and thinkers, educators and activists, old and new friends - all frequented our Shabbat table, where they reminisced about the struggle for Soviet Jewry or discussed... Continue Reading →

Happy Marcheshvan!

It's Rosh Chodesh (the first day of a new month) today, which in our neighborhood means kids in white shirts (frantically washed and dried on the night before if you're anything like me...), festive prayers, and that nice feeling of "Ooo, we are starting something... Continue Reading →

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