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The Un-birthday Gift

By Rabbi Ilana Grinblat

March 31, 2014 | 2:38 pm

     Each year, a few days before each of my children’s birthdays, a package arrives at the door from Louise, my former congregant. Inside the package are... More.

  • The Real Miracle

    By Rabbi Ilana Grinblat

    January 7, 2014 | 10:54 am

    One morning on the way to school, my son Jeremy asked me, “Are the stories of the Torah real?”

    Jeremy (who is nine years old) understands the... More.

  • Me Too

    By Rabbi Ilana Grinblat

    October 30, 2013 | 11:23 am

         Last night, I gave my nine-year-old son, Jeremy a practice spelling test to prepare him for his spelling exam. “Me too,” said my six-year-old... More.

  • Passing the Baton

    By Rabbi Ilana Grinblat

    May 20, 2013 | 10:22 am

    Who is coming for dinner this week?” My nine-year-old son Jeremy asked.

    "Dror and his family and Rachel and her family are coming because they’re becoming... More.

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  • In The Groove

    By Rabbi Ilana Grinblat

    January 10, 2013 | 1:26 pm

    This winter break, one of the greatest joys has been watching my kids learn to ice skate. My husband grew up in Israel where there were no winter... More.

  • The Angel’s Cry

    By Rabbi Ilana Grinblat

    December 20, 2012 | 4:52 pm

    The Bedtime Question

    By Rabbi Ilana Grinblat

    November 26, 2012 | 1:39 pm

    “Why does Abbah (Dad) want to listen to Israeli radio so much?” My eight year old son Jeremy asked me as I was tucking my five year old daughter Hannah... More.

  • The Chart

    By Rabbi Ilana Grinblat

    May 25, 2012 | 3:03 pm

    Who goes first?

    This question is central in my household nowadays, as my eight year old son and five year old daughter frequently argue over who gets... More.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Rabbi Ilana Grinblat teaches rabbinic literature at the American Jewish University’s Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and their...

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