Anna doesn’t want her kids to struggle with feeling Jewish enough, like she did
It’s ballet class, not religious school–so why am I worried what they’ll think of us?
Recently, my colleague in Los Angles posted a question that piqued my interest on her personal Facebook page: “Did any of my Jewish professional friends grow up with a Christmas tree?” I knew where she was going with this. She was betting that a number of rabbis and Jewish educators had grown up in an […]
My daughter, Helen Rose Castaneda, wakes up one day at 10-and-a-half months old, pulls herself up in her crib and says “hola!” at the top of her lungs. “Hola, hola, hola!” This makes sense because Adrian and I speak to Helen mainly in Spanish at home. She says “hola” for an entire day and then […]
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 […]
?Wait a minute, I don?t bless my own food before eating. I guess if that?s something I want my kids to do, I?d better start doing it.?
Personal narrative in which engaged couple negotiates over what kind of ceremony and officiant to have. She, an agnostic, wants no mention of God. He, a Jew, wants a rabbi and a Jewish wedding ceremony. They find a “Humanist-leaning rabbi”
Personal narrative about a Jewish woman in love with a Catholic man who didn’t see how they could reconcile their religious differences. Ultimately, the man agreed to raise their future kids as Jews.
Personal narrative from a woman who rebelled against her Orthodox upbringing by leaving home, eating non-kosher food and dating non-Jews.
Personal narrative about how some interfaith families find celebrating Easter more difficult than celebrating Christmas because of its more serious religious background, and how some families acknowledge it with Easter candy.