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I Want My Kids to Feel “Jewish Enough”

Anna doesn’t want her kids to struggle with feeling Jewish enough, like she did

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How Will Our Kids Understand the Past?

How do I help my daughters truly understand anti-Semitism and Jewish history?

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Generations of women

What Does My Jewish Community Say About Women?

On Simchat Torah, Anna questions, “How do we celebrate women in the Jewish faith?”

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Why We’ll Be the Family in Midwood Without a Sukkah

Can we get away with NOT having a sukkah in Brooklyn?

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How I Ended Up as a Brooklyn Tour Guide for a Day

How Anna ended up giving a bus tour of Brooklyn

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How Two Faiths Collide

When my daughters question how Jewish or how Catholic they are, I can only hope that they meet a Spencer

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Growing Up Orthodox and Coming to Terms with Interfaith Dating

Personal narrative from an Orthodox-raised college student describing how he and his friends are reacting to and trying to sort out their own convictions about?interfaith?dating at college.

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Three Denominations Under One Roof

A Reform rabbi, a Conservative rabbi and a 17-year-old Orthodox Yeshiva student sit down to eat Shabbat dinner… Sounds like the beginning of a joke, right? Well, it’s not. It was my family last Friday night. We were also joined by my two younger children. In my family, we’ve got a taste of k’lal Yisrael—the whole […]

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Gratitude, Love and Life

Being stuck in a car for three hours with my mother, Adrian (my significant other) and our baby girl, Helen Rose, is just part of the beauty of Thanksgiving. I should note that being born and raised in Mexico, Adrian doesn’t know a lot about our American holiday, so I began by explaining that sitting […]

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The Challenges of Keeping Kosher at an Interfaith Birthday

Growing up, my mother’s house was kosher. We had dishes for dairy and dishes for meat and we never mixed milk with meat. This goes back to the teachings of the Torah where it states on three separate occasions that a baby goat is not to be cooked in it’s mother’s milk. But our house […]

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