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  • Fighting Against the “Terrorist” Within

    By Beit T'shuvah

    2 weeks ago

    By Rabbi Mark Borovitz

    As I sit here at the computer thinking about what am I going to write about, I am conflicted. As always, when conflicted, I speak to my wife, Harriet Rossetto, and she gives me her advice and take on things. I know that Harriet wants me to enthusiastically...

  • My son wears dresses, and I have no problem with it

    2 weeks ago

    Every morning my four-year-old daughter, Sydney, drags a chair into her closet and plucks a dress off of the rack.  I try to lean her in other directions—“Why don’t we try shorts today?”—but Sydney’s stubborn.  And I think she deserves the freedom to choose what she wants to wear. ...

  • Paid Family Leave: Celebrating in CA and Working for Change for the Rest of the Country

    By Maya Paley

    July 1, 2014 | 12:08 pm

    "Family leave, childcare, flexibility—these aren’t frills. They’re basic needs. They shouldn’t be bonuses—they should be the bottom line." --President Obama, June 21, 2014

    According to the Pew Research Center, the United States ranks last of the OECD countries in...

  • Yes, Your Life Matters!

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    May 21, 2014 | 5:27 pm

    When Ariel, my first born, entered this world, I had a glimpse of what it is to be God. 

    She was born two months early, through an abrupt birth, an emergency C-section.  I was kicked out of the delivery room, though I begged as a father, not as a physician.  Wheeled out inside a...

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  • When a mother dies

    By Danielle Berrin

    May 7, 2014 | 11:53 am

    On my desk sits a photograph of a mother and child. In 5-by-7 black and white, a beautiful young woman in her 20s, her dark hair in a twist, and her lips and fingernails plainly tinted, is holding her baby up to her cheek and looking out, almost heavenward. Their faces are...

  • In Case of Emergency Avoid the Stairs

    By Ilana Angel

    December 29, 2013 | 3:07 pm

    The other day I was rushing out the door, reached into my far too big purse to find my sunglasses, lost focus for a split second on where I was, and went flying down a flight of stairs. It was so shocking and violent that I had an out of body experience. I actually floated outside...

  • Sibling Rivalry

    Rabbi Elaine Rose Glickman

    December 6, 2013 | 8:10 am

    This Shabbat, Jews all over the world are reading Vayigash - a Torah portion that continues the saga of Joseph and his brothers, and the story of sibling rivalry that spiraled way, way out of control. Just to recap: Joseph is the young and favored son of our patriarch Jacob, and...

  • Hanukkah After Thanksgivukkah

    Rabbi Elaine Rose Glickman

    November 29, 2013 | 11:51 am

    The much-anticipated, much-discussed holiday of Thanksgivukkah has ended - and as you've probably heard, it won't be back for 70,000 years. I'm emptying the fall-colored dreidels from my Thanksgiving cornucopia, going back to sour cream on my latkes (cranberry sauce is fun for a...

  • Arguing Like Abraham

    Rabbi Elaine Rose Glickman

    November 5, 2013 | 9:22 am

    I facilitated a parenting discussion this past weekend, which is one of my favorite things to do (besides hanging out with my family and - shamefully - watching Vampire Diaries after the kids have gone to bed). We talked about why our children should be helping around the house,...

  • Shabbat Shalom!

    Rabbi Elaine Rose Glickman

    November 1, 2013 | 5:46 am

    I was cleaning out my hard drive earlier this week (yay, me) and found a treasure trove - a stash of photos and videos from when my kids were small. A little head peeping out from a bubble bath, a teeny figure bundled into snow pants, a baby sleeping under the afghan my grandmother...

  • Shabbat Shalom!

    Rabbi Elaine Rose Glickman

    October 25, 2013 | 9:29 am

    I am a rabbi, married to another rabbi, and completely committed to giving our kids a childhood built on Judaism and Jewish values.

    Having said that, I must confess: I love Halloween.

    When my oldest son was not yet one, we dressed him in a pumpkin costume and took him around...

  • Welcome to Sacred Parenting

    Elaine Rose Glickman

    October 15, 2013 | 12:14 pm

    B”H

    Welcome to Sacred Parenting!

    I’m Elaine Rose Glickman – a rabbi, an author, and a mother of three (fabulous) children –and I’m delighted to introduce my new blog. The blog takes its name from my book Sacred Parenting: Jewish Wisdom and Practical Guidance for Your Family’s...

  • Bonding at Baby U

    July 17, 2013 | 2:24 pm

    For new parents, having their first child can be scary, stressful and utterly stupefying. 

    Westside Jewish Community Center hopes it will be a little less so thanks to Jewish Baby University, a five-week class designed to prepare people for what parenthood is really like.

    The...

  • Happy Mother’s Day by Guest Blogger, My Son

    By Ilana Angel

    May 11, 2013 | 12:44 pm

    In honor of Mother’s Day, I am submitting my mother's blog and would like to give 17 reasons as to why my Mother is the best, on account of the fact that is how many Mother’s Days she has had.

    1. She is extremely uplifting. She tells me how proud she is of me, and how incredible...

  • When Good Kids Do Bad Things

    By Beit T'shuvah

    April 18, 2013 | 1:58 pm

    By M. Alexander

    It is no longer the dropouts and the burnouts that we have to worry about—on every high school campus, there will always be the reckless stoners who sit on the hill and avoid class.  But these students represent just a small fraction of each school.

    The kids who...

  • The Blame Game

    By Beit T'shuvah

    April 9, 2013 | 12:18 pm

    By M. Alexander

    I see it time and time again—the same unhealthy family dynamic. 

    Parents blame their kids.  Kids point the finger right back at their parents.  Nobody takes responsibility for their own part in disagreements. 

    The change that could break down this dynamic...

  • Password

    By Michelle Azar

    March 8, 2013 | 1:04 pm

    “Mommy?” called my sweet seven-year old from her tuft of tulle. “Do you think I should have a password now to come into my bed?” She was nestled within the new pink canopy around her bed. It has been difficult for her to fall asleep, so we put up a little protection against the...

  • Valentine’s Day, Teenagers, Co-Parenting & a New Sheriff

    By Ilana Angel

    February 19, 2013 | 10:51 am

    I had a lovely Valentine’s Day.  The Englishman and I spent the evening with the kids and had a wonderful dinner.  I got the most wonderful cards, flowers, chocolate, and gifts.  I love Valentine’s Day and to share it with the people I love was very special.  I know it is full of...

  • Parenting

    October 17, 2012 | 5:04 pm

    My road from twice-a-year Jew to Torah-study groupie took 40 years. With the heady days of the High Holy Days, Sukkot and Simchat Torah still fresh in my mind, it’s worth examining how I got here. 

    During my youth, my family and I attended synagogue only during the High Holy...

  • Father and son

    September 5, 2012 | 11:37 am

    On these High Holy Days, there will be empty seats in our synagogues. This is a letter found on one of those seats …

    Dear Dad,

    This year, I’m not coming to shul for the holidays. I know this will hurt you, and you’ll be angry, but perhaps you’ll hear me out.

    I have always...

  • Worry about your kids’ character, not their grades, says author Madeline Levine

    August 20, 2012 | 10:52 am

    Not long ago, psychologist Madeline Levine gave a lecture at a Jewish day school near her home in Marin County, Calif. The topic: “Your Average Child.”

    Nobody showed up.

    “I guess there wasn’t a single average kid at the school,” Levine quips. 

    “By definition, the...

  • From unplanned journey to special-needs mission to Israel

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    August 1, 2012 | 11:47 am

    Raising a child with developmental disabilities has often been compared to an “unplanned journey,” taking you to places you never imagined you would go. After our son, Danny, was diagnosed with global developmental delays at the age of 13 months, I found myself learning a whole...

  • Women in sports: Not an Olympic-size victory

    By Maya Paley

    July 31, 2012 | 12:30 pm

    With the Olympics upon us and the message above going viral on Facebook, I figured it was high time I addressed the topic of women in sports. The Guardian posted an article a couple of weeks ago about how Saudi Arabia had finally agreed to allow women to compete at the Olympic games...

  • Kidsave changes lives for orphaned children, adoptive parents

    July 19, 2012 | 2:30 pm

    Santiago Brown calls himself a “cashew.” It’s his way of combining the words “Catholic” and “Jew,” to refer to his unusual religious background. He lived in Colombia in a Catholic orphanage until being adopted into a Jewish family a year ago, at the age of 12. His...

  • I’m Past All That

    By Teresa Strasser

    May 9, 2012 | 1:59 pm

    There is some unwritten statute of limitations on how long one can whine about a crappy childhood, a negligent parent, a few too many chicken pot pies, summers with the grandparents, days spent on Greyhound buses and with dubious caregivers and creepy neighbors. There is just a...

  • Chewable Xanax and the shoe debacle

    By Teresa Strasser

    April 18, 2012 | 12:02 pm

    I had to look inside myself, which was kind of like looking into my high school locker: moldy half-eaten sandwich, a few loose Starburst candies, heaps of notebooks and burrito-stained gym clothes obscuring the few things of value. Sure, there’s a book of Sylvia Plath poems and a...

  • Chasing parental boredom while catching some foreign films

    By Teresa Strasser

    April 11, 2012 | 11:24 am

    I was in seventh grade when my dad took me to see a Turkish movie exploring the lives of five prisoners given a week’s home leave in the aftermath of a coup d’etat.

    Why did he take a kid to see the movie “Yol”? To teach me a valuable lesson about suffering? To expand my...

  • I can’t be the badly dressed mom at pickup time

    April 4, 2012 | 2:11 pm

    Today, I stopped home to change my outfit before picking up my kid from day care.

    What, because you never know who might snap a photo as I lure my child into his car seat with the whispered promise of a Grover juice box? No one cares. Except now that I’m a parent, I care deeply...

  • You, with a kid

    March 29, 2012 | 5:39 pm

    I’ll never forget asking my therapist the following question when I found out I was pregnant: “Who am I going to be?”

    “You,” she answered. “With a kid.”

    That was comforting that day, on that couch, staring at those Matisse prints, being that person who was terrified...

  • Boomerang Kids

    By Annie Korzen

    August 24, 2011 | 3:01 pm

    ENOUGH ALREADY!
    In most cultures in the world, grown children are expected to feed, clothe, and house their elders and in many cases it’s the mother-in-law who runs the family.  What an excellent idea! In our society, however, parenting seems to have become a lifetime job.

    After...

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