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  • A Mother’s Wish for Her Daughter’s Day

    By Wendy Jaffe

    August 11, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Aaaah, to be a Jewish parent 1,000 years ago. Sure you had to worry about anti-Semites trying to exterminate your people, dying from the flu and wild animals eating your children for lunch, but what a breeze to plan your child's bar mitzvah. No invitations to send, no DJs to hire, no...

  • Fourth Bar Mitzvah No Piece of Cake

    By Jane Ulman

    August 11, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    "Fourth bar mitzvah. This must be easy for you," my friend Maureen says.

    "I'm a loon," I answer.

    "But you've already done this three times."

    "Doesn't matter."

    It doesn't matter, because I still have to make sure that Danny learns his eight aliyot and his haftarah, writes his d'var...

  • Does Autism Offer Special Gifts?

    By Illana Katz

    May 26, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    "Identify yourself," Seth says when meeting someone new. "Oh, my deepest apologies," he'll tell you, his curled hand over his heart as he delivers a deep bow, if he thinks he has made some kind of error.

    Sometimes his face comes very close to yours to get your attention, telling you...

  • A Kidney for Chana

    By Gaby Wenig

    November 18, 2004 | 7:00 pm

     

    Chana Bogatz is 5 years old, and she loves cutting and pasting paper, playing with her brothers and sisters and having "Happy Birthday" sung to her.

    In those ways she is a normal child, in other ways, she is not. She has never eaten food through her mouth -- only through a...

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  • Turning The Pages of Childhood

    By Judy Gruen

    July 22, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    "Mommy, will you read to me?"

    My 10-year-old daughter asks me this question every night. Even if I'm exhausted, or just want some time to myself, I almost always say yes. Before I turn around, she'll be 11, then 12, then a teenager.

    She will no longer need her reading fix with...

  • Give Your Kid a Hug—a Paper One

    By Leora Alhadeff

    May 6, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Open your lunch box. Peek inside. Surprise! Mom scribbled you a note and drew you a little picture showing you she cares.

    As a little girl, Michelle Krouss used to open her brown paper bag to find a little note with a smiley face from her mother, brightening up her day. Now the...

  • Donor Pool Swim

    By Jessica Ravitz

    April 29, 2004 | 8:01 pm

    Few days have haunted me like April 15, 2002. It was the day Time magazine screamed out from its cover that women cannot have it all.

    Like a slap to the face, the writer reported that the biological odds are against getting pregnant after 35 and that stories of women conceiving into...

  • Funding Our Jewish Future

    By Rachel Pomerance

    December 4, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Imagine a world in which every newborn child receives a voucher toward early childhood Jewish education and a free trip to Israel.

    That's what philanthropist Michael Steinhardt asked 4,000 delegates to the North American Jewish federation system's General Assembly to consider...

  • Part-Time Work, Full-Time Families

    By Ellen Jaffe-Gill

    September 25, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Around the time Sally Priesand was ordained at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, Conservative women began to press the Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) to ordain women. In contrast to the matter-of-factness with which Priesand's ordination took place, the ordination...

  • Roadside Distraction

    By Teresa Strasser

    July 10, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    I'm sitting at a Mobil station in Minneola, my feet propped up against the bottom frame of my car door. The door is swung open so I can take in the desert air, exhale my Camel Light into the breeze.

    I just bought a pack of gum and a green plastic lighter inside the store, where a...

  • Mind, Body and Soul

    By Carin Davis

    March 7, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    What do women want? Happiness, family and to shed those last 10 pounds. Women can learn how to accomplish all this and more at an educational conference produced by women and designed to meet the needs and wants of women.

    "Exercising Your Mind; Minding Your Body," the fourth annual...

  • Bundles of Joy

    By J.D. Smith

    January 17, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    The stork has been awfully busy lately.

    It seems as though everyone I know is having a baby. A couple I haven't heard from in months sent a postcard with a picture of what I thought was a Sharpei puppy -- it turns out the little boy's name is Jesse. I didn't even know they were...

  • A Safe Spot

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    May 10, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    For the child whose parent has been diagnosed with cancer, each day becomes fraught with uncertainty -- will Mom or Dad be there today when I get home from school, or back in the hospital? Will Dad be too sick to come to my softball game? Why does Mom have to take that medicine that...

  • Dear Rabbi

    By Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson

    May 10, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Artificial Insemination



    Dear Rabbi,

    My sister is married to my husband's older brother. He was diagnosed with Kleinfelter's syndrome. They have been trying in vitro fertilization with donor sperm and even went into his testicles to retrieve sperm, but nothing has worked.

    We have...

  • Leading With His Left

    By Ellen Jaffe-Gill

    April 26, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Rabbi Leonard I. Beerman's art-filled home on a quiet, verdant Brentwood street is a world away from the gritty industrial world in which he lived as a child during the Depression and again as a young man on the cusp of World War II. But it's his experiences in that world of...

  • Child’s Play

    By Michael Aushenker

    February 1, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Walk down Main Street and you'll find an international corner market teeming with ethnic delights. Ring the doorbell on the house next door and you'll find yourself invited into a cozy Jewish home -- family pictures and menorah on the shelves; Shabbat candles and a tzedakah box atop...

  • Changing Lives, Making Peace

    By Julie G Fax

    May 7, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Illustration from "Painting with Passion," 1994. Photo-illustration by Carvin Knowles

    Losing My Religion

    Dear Deborah,

    My husband and I have decided to get a divorce, and we have amicably worked everything out -- finances, custody, etc. What has become acrimonious and ugly are our...

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