In every tragic story there’s a villain and a hero. Some people like to talk about the villain, I prefer to focus on the hero. This is Lori. Lori Gilbert Kaye was murdered yesterday in her safe, sacred space, while davening in her shul in Poway, San Diego.
For our recent family road trip, my wife and I went with our children for two days of sightseeing in nearby cities. In total, we spent around ten hours in the car, mostly on six-lane highways and predominantly at night, with little roadside scenery to take in. This gave me, the sole driver, plenty
It was days after Hurricane Harvey had poured out its wrath on Houston. One of the local kosher establishments was involved – along with other organizations – with the collecting of food staples and essentials and transporting them via large trucks to Houston. On the very day that volunteers
Pesach is probably the most widely known of all of the Jewish holidays. And if we would ask people what is its central theme, almost everyone would give the same answer — freedom. After all, the central focus of the holiday is the journey of the Jewish people from slavery to freedom.
On the heels of a lecture on free will, comes decision-making. What is a decision, what is decision-making, and how to do it? A decision is the resolution to pursue a particular course of action, that is to say, it is the process of asserting one’s will into
A colleague of mine recently attended an educational conference. She met a teacher during a session about working with students who have experienced trauma. The teacher said that she knew how to help traumatized students but asked wonderingly, “How do I help me? You have to
For longer than I care to remember, my wife and I have grappled with a parenting challenge that we hadn’t faced in the past. Our five-year-old and the youngest of our six children was acting very much like the baby of the family. In his self-defined role, he was unwilling to do certain
The Jewish community is highly committed to philanthropy, which is the reason why the many Jewish nonprofit organizations that exist today operate from donations. It’s important to note that many Jews donate regardless of their economic status. According to the data from Giving USA
For longer than I care to remember, my wife and I have grappled with a parenting challenge that we hadn’t faced in the past. Our five-year-old and the youngest of our six children was acting very much like the baby of the family. In his self-defined role, he was unwilling to do certain things
As the plane landed in Cleveland, a tall man with a warm smile gave me a big Sholom Aleichem as he grabbed my suitcase. His name was Rabbi Ephraim Nisenbaum, co-founder of an amazing organization known as the Jewish Learning Connection, which was co-sponsoring, along with the Young Israel of Greater Cleveland Stone