The internet can be a dangerous place for kids. What can start off as an innocent YouTube video viewing session can rapidly devolve. With so many links, suggested videos, and active users there to lure kids away from safe viewing material and into the darker, scarier portions of the web,
Within the Jewish community, which includes numerous levels and nuances of observance, children are sometimes raised with the tacit understanding that their parents may eventually leave not only the marriage, but also their level of religious observance or even the religion. This creates difficult-to-navigate issues regarding the
If there was ever something to be thankful for, it’s for being part of this amazingly tight-knit Jewish community. Yes, that might be the reason why COVID-19 spread so fast among us, but it is certainly also the reason that after only two hours post isolation, I found myself part of an enormous group of parents navigating this uncertainty
A research study asked 1,500 kindergarten children to come up with many different uses for paper clips, and 98% of children scored in the genius range on this task. When these same children were given the same task at intervals through elementary, middle and high school, their creativity ranking fell remarkably. As we age and become
The ways of the Torah are ways of pleasantness and all its pathways are peace. (Mishlei 3:17)
We have learned which behaviors are right and which are wrong and when we must do even more for others than the law requires. We now turn to an even more
February is Jewish disabilities awareness and inclusion month (JDAIM). Substance abuse and addiction, including alcohol and other drugs and chemicals, is very much a disability and as such, should also be discussed this month.
Lisa Lisser is a Jewish educator working toward a certificate in spiritual
It’s a given that things don’t always go right for an organizer. Sometimes deadlines are missed, service men don’t show up or, God forbid, fragile items chip or break. That’s why professional organizers take out insurance policies. I always want to accentuate the positive, so this column is dedicated to the moments
When I hold my baby granddaughter, I quite naturally break into a round of the Yiddish nursery rhyme Patshe, Patshe Kikelekh. Seeing her delight in the tune, I cannot help but wonder, “When did I become my mother?”
As my daughter-in-law walked through the back door after a couple of
(Courtesy of Recovery at Crossroads) When speaking to people in long-term recovery from an alcohol-use disorder and their families, you hear the heartbreak of active alcoholism as well as the joy to be found on the road to recovery.
Alcoholism is a disease. Because of its devastating impact on
Dana is a 24-year-old woman who is dating seriously. She tells her good friend Arielle about her upcoming plans for engagement. Arielle is concerned that Dana is in an unhealthy relationship. She wants to be supportive but doesn’t know how to help her friend. Arielle wants Dana to know “I’m here for you,” and maintain open
In January we may understandably feel tired of the cold temperatures, the many hours of darkness and, some years more than others, shoveling snow. Yet we may also feel anticipation towards our future as we plan our yeshiva-week vacations, Super Bowl parties or spa retreats. At any rate, January is a time to