I am a big quitter, and I come from a long line of quitters. My whole family is that way, we get excited to start something, but rarely do we actually finish or go through with it. We always have the best excuses to quit something, not only does it make sense for us to quit...
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November 1, 2007 | 8:00 pmTo harried modern parents, few things sound more luxurious than a quiet weekend away -- no cell phones, no televisions -- with a pile of unread books. To the vast majority of their children, few things sound more torturous. It's not that modern-day kids don't enjoy reading. Most do....
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The Fight for Freedom
In last week's Torah Portion, the Israelites sat back and watched as God brought seven plagues upon the Egyptians. This week, in Parshat Bo, we read of the last three plagues. All of a sudden, the Israelites are told that they must help God in the last plague...
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...
November 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm
At 14, I had never read a book outside of school assignments -- certainly not for pleasure. I was more of a comic book kid. My parents were concerned and even asked one of my friends to talk to me. I just wasn't interested.
But I liked hanging out at Marboro books in Manhattan....
November 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm
If you thought Hebrew school was just for bar and bat mitzvah students, think again. This fall, tens of thousands of Jews around the United States and Canada are learning to read and write Hebrew through Read Hebrew America/Canada. The campaign, which is made possible by the National...
August 28, 2003 | 8:00 pm
Is the Torah an ancient set of laws or a divinely coded document that, if read correctly, provides clues to all major historical events? That's the question the History Channel documentary "The Bible Code: Predicting Armageddon" wants to answer.
While many might think of the codes...
November 21, 2002 | 7:00 pm
The Pilgrims of New Salem, Mass., were so moved by the stories of the ancient Israelites that they thought of America as their Zion and New Salem as their Jerusalem. They based their first Thanksgiving celebration on the pilgrimages the Jews were commanded to make to Jerusalem on...
October 31, 2002 | 7:00 pm
I honestly thought my daughter, Bruria, would never learn how to read. My nieces learned how when they were 3, and so I assumed that if I got in early, say around 2, Bruria would be in full swing by 3.
So I dutifully started with letters and sounds, labeling every item in the house,...