A Story about Stories...and a Monster!

My parents and grandparents were not storytellers. By the time I was old enough to ask the right questions—about the old country, the journey to America, life in the new country—there was no one left to answer them.  That left a gaping hole
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How the Mexican Dreidel Began to Spin

Ever wonder what starts a tale spinning? The Mexican Dreidel story is, so to speak, a spin-off from a course on the History of Latin American Jewry. That course was taught by Amherst College Professor Ilan Stavans, a Mexican Jew.  I
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Volunteer Nation

What are the emotions and traits of Israelis in the post-7th of October world? The answer is: grief, anger, disgust, exhaustion, and fear, but also unity, courage, strength, pride, and love.    I live in Tel Aviv, around the corner
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A Wild, WILD Hanukkah

A Wild, WILD Hanukkah is a tribute to the Hanukkah celebrations of my childhood, full of laughter, love, and joy.  Growing up, we lived on a block that had only one other Jewish family, so most of the surrounding houses were full of
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Counting on Shabbat and Counting on Kindness

People often ask why a particular story might be conceived as a board book. For me, Counting on Shabbat had to be a board book because I was writing it to thank the little great grandchildren that were bringing my elderly mother so much
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My Book Dedication

Throughout my life, I have been influenced by many amazing women from my grandmothers to my mother to teachers to literary heroes. They all have taken a role in molding me who I am today as an author, a sister, a mother, and a humanitarian. 
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A Jerusalem Baby’s Lullaby

I see a young man on the street holding a baby and repeating over and over the words, “For God will order angels to guard you wherever you go.” (Psalm 91:11) I remember my father singing these words every Friday night. We still sing it in my
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The Whisper of My Ancestors

This Shabbat, a week later, was a day of peace. Pieces of our battered spirits being picked up and examined, as reality sinks in because there is nothing to distract us. No phone, no Facebook, no Instagram, or X to post on, to howl #HamasisISIS.
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Thank You, Rabbi Isaac Mayer Wise

Growing up, being Jewish meant simply saying I was Jewish. But somewhere along the line, I started feeling Jewish. And that somewhere was in the historic Plum Street Temple, one of Rabbi Isaac Mayer Wise’s dreams come true.    
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Why Jump to Sorry?

MTV debuted its reality series “The Real World” in 1992. Young adult strangers lived together in an apartment and were followed by cameras to capture what drama might ensue. In one of the first episodes, a young man asked his roommates to do him
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