Jewish Journal

Wendy Mogel

  • Fry the latkes, try the gingerbread

    December 21, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    In a second-grade classroom I visited recently, the children were comparing how many presents they were going to receive for Christmas. When they finished, Sarah announced, "I don't celebrate Christmas, I celebrate Chanukah. We get eight presents every night for eight nights."


  • God Is in the Details—Even in the Busy Carpool Lane

    September 7, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Preparation for the High Holidays means engaging in cheshbon hanefesh, accounting of the soul. This includes taking a personal inventory of your own behavior and the lessons you may unwittingly be teaching your children. In Judaism, God is in the details, and one of the most...

  • Mom: Resist

    May 11, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    When stuck with a rebellious child, gluttonous and thieving, the Torah has a tidy solution: Kill him. Or her.

    For those of you excited by this opportunity to practice a new mitzvah, be mindful that the Talmud (Sanhedrin 71a) adds, "The case of the wayward and rebellious child never...

  • The Digital Lives of Kids: What Parents Need to Know

    June 2, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Chapter 1: A Real, Live IM Chat

    Have you noticed more and more lately that your child is engrossed in a constant, beeping dialogue with her computer? Does she brag about a buddy list with hundreds of names, most of which you've never heard before? Does she protectively minimize or...

  • A Child’s Murder, a Mother’s Strength

    September 18, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    "The Blessing of a Broken Heart" by Sherri Mandell (Toby Press, 2003).

    When a crime takes place in my neighborhood, I play a mental trick. Of course that (naive) person was mugged. She was walking alone after dark. Naturally that (careless) family was burglarized -- they left their...

  • ADD, ADHD—Life in the Fast Lane

    June 19, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    School is out and Ashley is breathless, begging to go to Disneyland. "Leora has ADD so she gets a special pass that allows her to skip all the lines," she says. "And she can bring her friends and they can skip all the lines, too!"

    A call to the Happiest Place on Earth confirms it....

  • Is There Love After Marriage?

    February 13, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Forty days before a child is born, a voice from heaven announces: "The daughter of this person is destined for [so-and-so]." -- Babylonian Talmud, Sotah 2a

    We want company. We don't want to be alone. This is the beginning of everything. God made a companion for Adam.

    If you look...

  • Sex Ed for Parents

    April 18, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Somewhere in America, a few high school students made a porno video, "by accident" they said, starring themselves. Whatever it was, a couple of kids were fooling around, and someone else had a camera. They showed the tape in the locker room and what followed was, of course, a big...

  • Slaves to Higher Learning

    March 21, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Here's a thought for Passover: We are Pharaohs to our children. We have made them our slaves. Their mud bricks are the books that fill 30-pound backpacks. Their mortar is four hours of homework every night. The straw we deny is sleep. Ask child therapists across the country about the...

  • Talking to Children about Terrorism

    September 20, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    We are all going crazy. That Tuesday I woke up my 10-year-old by telling her, "Terrorists flew planes into buildings in New York and Washington, D.C., this morning," carried her downstairs half-asleep and sat her in front of the television just in time to watch the north tower fall....

  • Mezuzah Mouse

    September 13, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    The beginning of the new school year radically increases the frequency of beeps, clicks, buzzes, rings and stutter dials in my home. My stack of unreturned phone calls is beginning to teeter. Reflecting on these mixed blessings, I am reminded of an incident from way back in the...

  • Choose the Right Day School

    August 23, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    As fall approaches, many of us are forced to turn our thoughts to selecting a private day school for our children. Quite frequently, this process causes even normally stable parents to suffer symptoms of mental confusion, dizziness and difficulty making rational decisions. A school...

  • Hands Off My Volcano

    June 28, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    One evening not too long ago, I strolled through the science fair at a local middle school. The work of the students was not much in evidence, but the fingerprints of their parents were everywhere. No matter how often they are warned by teachers to let their children do the science...