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Viva Hammer

  • The Downside to Literacy

    October 31, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    I honestly thought my daughter, Bruria, would never learn how to read. My nieces learned how when they were 3, and so I assumed that if I got in early, say around 2, Bruria would be in full swing by 3.

    So I dutifully started with letters and sounds, labeling every item in the house,...

  • The Downside to Literacy

    October 31, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    I honestly thought my daughter, Bruria, would never learn how to read. My nieces learned how when they were 3, and so I assumed that if I got in early, say around 2, Bruria would be in full swing by 3.

    So I dutifully started with letters and sounds, labeling every item in the house,...

  • The Rebbetzin Will Keep Her Name

    August 8, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    One of the great debates after I became engaged to a rabbi was how I would be addressed by my husband's congregation. I did not plan on changing either my first or my last names after my wedding, but this would be an unintelligible decision to the parishioners.

    The world seemed to...