Category Archives: May 2017

Are the Orthodox Fair Target?


Oh it’s those ultras they look different. There is a strange hypocrisy in the Jewish community. Jewish groups are willing to lift the banner of protest at the smallest hint of anti-Semitism. But if the target is the so called “ultra-Orthodox,” all is quiet on the PR front (the very term ultra is deeply offensive).The day before Passover was a ... Read More »

Widen the Tent 


SINCE 1993, the  Jewish Agency has been running a network of summer camps in the Former Soviet Union (FSU).  The Agency describes these camps as “a cultural lifeline to Jewish identity.” These summer camps are supported by several Russian Jewish philanthropists, and by Jewish Federations in such cities as Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Cleveland, and St. Louis. The summer camps are ... Read More »

Precious Giving 


ONE OF MY most respected teachers frequently intoned, “If you can say ‘Yes,’ say ‘Yes. But if you cannot say ‘yes,’ you are obligated to say ‘No.’” This lesson has profoundly altered my life. In the years prior to the aforementioned epiphany, I’d been crazed with a desire to be liked, valued and emulated. Frequently saying “Yes” to strangers, I ... Read More »

The Strong Princess 


WE HAVE A few “girl” superhero costumes in the house. A puffy-sleaved lavender Batgirl costume and a Supergirl costume trimmed in red tulle and sparkles. But when my 4-year-old wants to dress up as a superhero and fight crime, she no longer reaches for these vestments of token girl power. She dresses as a princess. I had forever sworn that, ... Read More »

Let Them Eat Cake!


ANOTHER MOTHER’S DAY without my mom, and I’m filled with memories. Truth be told, my mother was not famous for her baking. She had other talents. She gave up a singing career (she was a headliner at Radio City Music Hall when she was pregnant with me) to stay at home and raise us kids. The only cake I remember ... Read More »

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