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Motherhood: Am I Doing it Right?

Motherhood: Am I doing it right?

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Helen Fell on Her Head and I Prayed to Jesus, Sort of

Helen Fell on Her Head and I Prayed to Jesus, Sort of

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We’re Interfaith: Now What Do I Tell My Sons about Dating?

A woman in an interfaith marriage who is the mother of two teenage boys struggles with what to tell them about marrying outside the faith.

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The Unraveling of Tradition

This year’s Rosh Hashanah became the beginning of a challenging New Year. Approaching the middle of my third trimester with a two-year-old at home I refused to cook. I spent the Wednesday afternoon before the festivities with my feet up while blowing bubbles for my daughter. There was only one small tantrum that occurred in […]

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Mom: What is Your Religion?

Being from an interfaith family has influenced my life in myriad ways, most especially in my choice to focus my rabbinate on working with other interfaith families. I’ve written about my own upbringing and my parents several times over my tenure at InterfaithFamily, hoping that my own experiences might resonate with our readers. Yet, so […]

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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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The Jewish Mother Thing

I remember standing with a few friends after my oldest son was born. We were talking, as new mothers do, about how hard parenting can be, how scary. We were comparing neurotic-helicopter-mom moments, laughing at ourselves. I shared a story about taking my son to the doctor when he seemed to have a fever. “His […]

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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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I’m Trying to Figure Out How to Raise a Jewish Kid as a Woman Who is Not Jewish

By Elizabeth Raphael This article was reprinted with permission from Kveller.com, a fast-growing, award-winning website for parents raising Jewish and interfaith kids. Follow Kveller on Facebook and sign up for their newsletters here. 2015 was a year of change for me, facilitated largely by the birth of my lovely dumpling of a daughter in February. […]

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Assisted Living Upgrade

By Joy Fields When my fiercely independent mother recently suffered myriad health issues, it was clear she could no longer live alone. My husband and I were faced with finding an assisted living facility that would address all her health needs, but provide her with a comfortable social atmosphere that would keep her mentally healthy […]

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