From the moment of birth, children begin to separate from us. Once again, my 16-year-old daughter is pulling away from me and it is excruciatingly painful.
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Just how is infertility a Jewish issue? Our community has always placed a value on raising Jewish families.
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Having been a sleepaway camper myself for every summer of my childhood, I know camp will change you. I can't wait for you to come home and teach us what you have learned.
For better or for worse, my son doesn’t yet know how scary this world can be – and I’m not eager to break it to him.
My little guy and his siblings, like so many children, are full of questions about God. All day, every day, their inquiring minds want to know: Where is God? Why is God? Who is God? And the most oft-heard question of all: Is God a boy or a girl? Or neither? Or both?
“So what’s the theme of your son’s bar mitzvah?” It was such a simple question that it’s difficult to explain exactly why it stumped me. How was it that, when I was on the other side of the table, I had no idea how to respond?
Scouting promotes so many values we want for our daughter: love of nature, respect for the environment, equality and teamwork, and responsibility for our fellow humans. Judaism, of course, imparts these same teachings.