Mourning What Could Have Been

Grieving the loss of potential new life connected me to mourning the destruction of the Temple.

Dreaming in Left Field

Even though he can’t hit the baseball, my son dreams of greatness.

Why I Burned 30 Years of Journals

To move forward, don’t look back.

A Granddaughter Without

From beggars and millionaires to Kabbalists and cynics, everyone was captured by my grandfather’s warmth.

Seven Things to be Grateful for at the Seder

Especially the handprint on the fridge.

Neurosurgery for My Newborn

I was unprepared for the emotional upheaval we were about to experience.

My Father’s Holocaust Club

It was a club I had no interest in joining. But my son’s brain tumor dictated otherwise.

Knocked Out by the Flu

Unable to get up from my bed I was forced to face the uncomfortable truth: I am not in control.

Walking 5:30 in the Morning

You? Exercise? At 5:30 AM? This will last maybe three days.

Lives Intertwined

My mother saved a woman’s baby. Little did she know how that woman would repay the kindness.

Children and the Art of Saying Sorry

Learning how to say sorry from our children this Yom Kippur.

My Dreams and Mid-Life Crisis

My mother used to say that nothing is engraved in stone. But that’s not true. Our life is full of engravings.

40 Ways Life is Better at 40

Since turning 40, I’m a different person.

5 Things to Do to Beat the Pre-Passover Blues

Stressed out? Here’s what you need to do.

The Mourning After

My year of saying Kaddish for my father.

Mommy, Do Children Die?

A heart-to-heart talk with my young daughter.

Psalms, the African-American Woman & Me

If you don't know what you're saying, why say it at all?

Calm Karma

I aspire to keep calm and not react. One time I actually succeeded.

My Lost Pendant

My chances of finding my special pendant in the enormous mall were about as good as my winning the Pulitzer Prize.

The Miracle of Breathing

Hanukkah reminds us how grateful we must be that everything works.

7 Reasons I am Grateful to Be a Jew

Why I am grateful to be a Jew today.

Our Daughter’s Meaningful Bat Mitzvah

Despite recent negative press, bar/bat mitzvah celebrations can be a profound experience for the entire family.

Three Goals for the New Year

Practical ways to utilize the incredible power of the days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.

My Frightening Ovarian Ultrasound

I was never comfortable with the idea of miracles. And then one happened to me.

The Silver Spice Box

From war-torn Prague through Australia to Israel, a spice box spans five generations of one Jewish family.

Our First Baby

He's our oldest, but not our firstborn.

In My Father's Footsteps

My father's fateful decision opened up gates in Heaven for his future descendants.

Love Beyond Words

A debilitating stroke cannot prevent a young woman's dream for family.

The 75-Year-Old Bottle of Wine from Poland

The remarkable true story of a survivor’s special Passover gift.

What I Wish I Knew Before I Became a Mother

I stared at her beautiful face and held her tiny hand and thought: I have no idea what I’m doing.

Shiny and Bright

What do you have on your fridge door?

Lifelong Lessons from a Three-Month Marriage

Looking at the shards of my failed marriage, how did I let this happen to me?

The Language of Love

I miss the mad sound of the language, the delicacies on doilies, the coiffed women with dangling earrings.

The Sukkah’s Embrace

Rebbetzin Kanievsky & the sheltering sweetness of a mother’s love.

Cancer Warriors at Camp Simcha

Here there are no wheelchairs, no g-tubes, and no prosthetics; just souls.

Making Tisha B’Av Relevant

How do we mourn what we do not know?

Sharing Our Grief

Three women share their pain and reflections.

A Letter to the Three Mothers

You taught us how to live with the light of faith that defies even the darkest nightmare.

My Bubby, the War Hero

My diminutive grandmother was larger than life.

Four Gifts for Mother’s Day

Appreciating the gifts our children have already given us.

Passover: Days of Future Past

Two remarkable women in my family personify two disparate attitudes about life.

Passover: Going Home Again

Coming together as families and as a nation to remember our shared history.

Passover Cleaning for Dummies

5 tips to allow even the worst housekeeper to get to the Seder with no obvious signs of PTSD.

Staying Young: The Story of a Life

My Bubbie was 100 years old when she died. She refused to age.

The Brown Silk Dress

Touched by Dior and the embers of the Holocaust, a 50-year-old dress conjures distant memories.

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