Why I Never Visit My Father’s Grave

Numbers are a big deal in Judaism. Hebrew is an ancient language, but numerology is hidden in every letter of scripture. This is something I learned very early on: Numbers matter. Our time on this earth—our nights and our days are numbered. So it wasn’t surprising that I grew up on 23rd street in Brooklyn and […]

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How My Non-Jewish Father Embraced My Interfaith Family’s Bar Mitzvah

A personal narrative from a non-Jewish mom discussing her child?s bar mitzvah: how they created an informational booklet, how she felt about the ceremony, and her father?s enthusiastic response to the event.

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Hollywood Now: Jeff Goldblum and Jason Biggs on Daddy Duty

Jeff Goldblum becomes a dad again; Jason Biggs prepares to become a family of four; and Jacob Collins-Levy makes his American TV debut.

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Having a Yahrzeit For My Lutheran Dad

By Tara Worthey Segal I formally converted to Judaism one month after I lost my father and two weeks before getting married. I hadn’t been raised with much religion. I was baptized Lutheran, but always joked that my parents did that more out of superstition than dogma. They didn’t do much to disabuse me of […]

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I’m Down with Shabbat… After I Look Up What It Is

By Robyn Bacon Like his other mother, my 4-month old son Sam is Jewish. I am not. I was born and raised Catholic. My mother and her sister converted to Catholicism while attending the Catholic schools that offered a better education to black families than the separate but equal public schools in the segregated South. […]

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Sending My Daughter to Jewish Preschool Reconnected Me with My Roots

By Rebecca Rolland My daughter Sophie will be 3 this November. My husband Philippe and I have decided to let her start half-day preschool (she’s begged). Still, we’re late starting to look at options. I can’t settle on anything, and as a doctoral student in education, I fear my knowledge of the research—my vise-grip on “how […]

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My Dad’s One Big Question

It started as most modern romances do these days. Girl logs on to a website. Spies a boy. Sends notes back and forth. But it was 2000 when I met Dave, long before dating websites—a time when chat rooms and websites catering to different hobbies and interests were just starting to bring people together. We […]

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When Our Kids Get Married

Professional view from a former outreach worker on the issues faced by parents of children who are about to intermarry.

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Are You a Lazy Dad?

Perhaps you have heard this old joke about an elementary school boy who comes home very excited to share some news with his parents. “I got a part in the school play!” “That’s wonderful!” his mother replies, “what’s the part?” “I play the Jewish father,” the son beamed. His mother sat up, alarmed and with […]

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Meet the Stretelech

My children believe in Christmas elves. And leprechauns.  They also believe that there are little elves who live in our backyard. Last year when spring came, the elves moved in to our pine tree and set up a mini Adirondack chair, a white picket fence, and a miniature watering can outside. And they nailed a […]

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