Anna's daughters together

What’s in a Name

The second time around is totally different…from tacos to the name

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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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The Ghosts of My Grandmothers or How We Named Our Newborn

Some people believe that when a child is born the angel of death and the angel of mercy stand in the room side by side. During the delivery of my baby I watched the monitor as her heart rate dropped and lifted with every contraction. “The cord is wrapped around her neck,” the doctor said, […]

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This Mother’s Day Let’s Honor Grandmothers of Jewish Kids Who Aren’t Themselves Jewish

There are usually two types of Jewish blogs written in connection with Mother’s Day: 1. Those that focus on the commandment to honor your parents and note that in Judaism EVERY day should be Mother’s Day. These blogs almost always make one of two arguments:  either that Mother’s Day isn’t necessary since we should be […]

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Your Children’s Children: A Grandparenting Discussion Packet

What does being a grandparent mean to you? Sharing wisdom treats, presents, culture, values–and love? Let’s talk about it.

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Making History Fun: Two New Children’s Books

One of two new books on American Jewish culture hits home for our reviewer, as it tells a story from her family.

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It Should Have Been Grandma’s First Bat Mitzvah

Having liberal, make-your-own-decisions interfaith parents made my path to Judaism a shaky one, but I got there with everyone’s support.

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Why Was Finding A Rabbi So Difficult?

Earlier, I talked about our search for a rabbi willing to not only officiate an interfaith wedding, but one also willing to co-officiate with a Methodist minister. Going into the search, I knew it would be difficult. Eight years earlier, my sister had gone through the same search, with no luck, but I was hopeful. […]

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