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  • For non-Jewish mothers raising Jewish children, things can get complicated

    by Sue Fishkoff, JTA

    July 20, 2011 | 4:10 pm

    Lisa Shimel, who is not Jewish, celebrated Christmas with her Jewish husband until their first child was born; now they’ve added Chanukah. Deb Morandi works at Jewish Family Services, where she introduces intermarried families to Judaism, though she is not Jewish.

    Pat Luftman was...

  • Getting to know my dad, again

    By Gary Wexler

    June 14, 2011 | 5:52 pm

    My 93-year-old father emerged as a different person when my mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s five years ago. He became independent, assertive, interested and engaging. When my mother died in October, he even became a bit spiritual. He’s certainly not the exhausted father...

  • The day you become redundant

    By Rabbi Dan Moskovitz

    June 14, 2011 | 5:50 pm

    Parenthood is ultimately about becoming redundant in your child’s life. It’s difficult to comprehend as you hold your newborn baby in your arms, but if you do your job as a parent correctly, your services will ultimately no longer be necessary.

    The art and the joy of parenthood...

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  • Of Time, and a Father’s First Century

    By Bradley Burston

    February 2, 2011 | 2:46 pm

    My father understands unwinnable conflicts. He has been fighting a personal war against time since 1911.  “Where does the time go?” he is likely even now to be wondering out loud to a stack of magazines and mail he has yet to get to, but will.

    He’s not one for birthdays, his own at...

  • Trace your Tribe

    by robin heinz bratslavsky

    January 27, 2011 | 12:43 pm

    Despite what your zayde or bubbe told you, your family name was not changed at Ellis Island.

    “The last names had to match the manifest when people arrived in the United States,” says Jan Meisels Allen, president of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Conejo Valley and Ventura...

  • What’s in a Name?

    by Lisa Keys, Jewish Telegraphic Agency

    March 4, 2009 | 1:07 pm

    So far, things haven’t worked out as planned. My husband, Julian Voloj, immediately rejected Gabriel because he once knew one he didn’t like (though he did reluctantly admit that the evil Gabe was rather good-looking). Neshama was out because he disliked it; besides, we knew we...

  • Commandments Bring Duties — Love May Follow

    by Rabbi Michael Gold

    March 4, 2009 | 1:04 pm

    Three times the Torah commands us to love: “Love your neighbor as yourself” (Leviticus 18:19), “You shall love the stranger” (Deuteronomy 10:19) and “You shall love the Lord your God” (Deuteronomy 6:5). Nowhere are we commanded to love our parents, our siblings, our...

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