Starting Religious School and Keeping Promises

In my previous blog post, I wrote about why choosing love did not mean choosing conversion for me; but for us, choosing love also meant choosing to raise our children Jewish. We didn’t know, initially, what that would look like, especially since we knew (well, I knew) that I wanted to keep celebrating Christmas. (According […]

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The Tree

This piece is a heartfelt, fictionalized snapshot of one person’s experience. It is not meant to be a judgment about having a Christmas tree. I would love to read about other people’s experiences… Sarah had only been to her dad’s house a couple of times since he married Joanne, and her heart raced as she […]

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In Defense of Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is coming, in case you haven’t stepped foot in a commercial district recently. With it comes a whole host of emotions. You can hear them in casual conversations and read about them all over the blogosphere. Today, I want to put a stake in the ground in favor. In three strokes, let me […]

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My Hamsa Started the Interfaith Conversation with My Daughter

By Courtney Naliboff Flying makes me nervous. It never used to, but a few years ago on a bumpy trip back from England, I lost my faith in the Bernoulli principle. I used to pop a Xanax and snooze my way through the anxiety, but now that I’m a parent, I need to stay awake […]

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Raising Strong Girls, Telling the Purim (and Passover) Stories

Before I had daughters, I had a pretty clear idea of how I wanted to raise them.  I had been raised with what I considered exceptional feminist ideals, and I planned to do a knock-out job of solidifying my future daughters’ self-image as strong, powerful human beings who could do anything they wanted, for whom […]

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Tikkun Olam Ted and the Importance of Small Steps

My family is one of the many families who benefits from the amazing PJ Library, an extraordinary program that mails free Jewish books and music to 125,000 homes throughout the country. Ruthie enjoyed the program for three years, and last year Chaya got her very own subscription. It is a real gift to have colorful, […]

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Thirty-One Intermarried Years Later

The personal narrative of a woman who is very involved with her Conservative synagogue, along with her two adult daughters and Catholic husband.

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Going Nuclear

Personal narrative from a Jewish man married to a Christian woman on how religion become a more prominent part of their life through their children.

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