Jewish Journal

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 two wrapped presents – one to... read on

  • 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 difference between real and make-believe.  His favorite cartoon, SpongeBob SquarePants (about a talking sponge who works at a restaurant... read on

  • 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 daughter Hannah, insisting that I give her a practice spelling test too. She says this refrain many times each day. Wherever Jeremy... read on

  • 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 rabbis next week, so we’re going to celebrate.”

    “Okay,” Jeremy said and walked away.

    I was struck by how unremarkable what I had... read on

  • 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 sports. He tried to learn to skate once or twice as an adult without success. In contrast, I grew up skating each winter in Washington... read on

  • The Angel’s Cry

    By Rabbi Ilana Grinblat

    December 20, 2012 | 4:52 pm

    This morning, I turned on CNN for a few minutes to catch up on the day’s events. The program... read on

  • 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 into bed.

    Oh no, I thought. I had hoped to avoid this conversation. I had hoped to spare my children from worrying about our... read on

  • 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 the first turn at everything. They debate who gets to tell me first at dinnertime how their day was at school. To resolve this... read on

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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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