In Rabbi Jonathan Sacks’ Final Book, Wisdom for a Divided Nation

Americans faced tremendous challenges in 2019, but 2020 has turned the temperature way up, increasing pressure on families, civil society, and government. It’s been a year of stress and strain for many, bringing into sharp relief both social issues requiring urgent attention, as well as our common humanity and shared vulnerability. That makes this a … Continue reading

Quasi-Religious Parenting

Nearly a decade ago, long before I was the mother of four, I was a pregnant woman preparing for motherhood. Having learned about mission statements in a graduate school class, I thought my husband and I should have one for the massive parenting project we would shortly undertake. I can still picture us standing in … Continue reading

Antisemitism is the biggest issue for Jews. Why did it never come up during the election?

The end is nigh (thank God!). This election cycle is finally coming to a close. But despite the endlessness of the 2020 presidential election, and the microscopic attention paid to a never-ending list of topics irrelevant to the lives of American voters, one issue that is of utmost importance received scant attention: rising antisemitism. It’s … Continue reading

Cuomo’s Claims about Hasidic Wedding Deserve Scrutiny

People want answers. They crave certainty amid chaos. But for a year filled with tremendous upheaval and so much newness, there have been notably few questions — and that’s a problem. In pre-pandemic days, New Yorkers knew that Governor Andrew Cuomo was an abrasive bully, intolerant of those who didn’t share his political beliefs. Yet Cuomo’s eagerness to … Continue reading

Gov. Andrew Cuomo plays a dangerous double game with New York Jews

Sometimes, you’re sure there’s a back story; you just don’t know what it is. For example, four Democratic legislators representing Orthodox Jewish neighborhoods in Brooklyn took the striking step of accusing Gov. Andrew Cuomo of a “duplicitous bait-and-switch.” A Jewish leader described feeling stabbed in the back by the governor. But now that the Orthodox Jewish daily Hamodia has shared a recording of … Continue reading

It’s Cuomo and de Blasio vs. New York’s Jews

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo can’t stand to be second best at anything, so this week, he’s taking on New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio to see who can more effectively alienate Jewish New Yorkers. It’s a heated battle because the incompetent de Blasio has thus far excelled at stigmatizing New York City’s Jews, ably … Continue reading

How everyday people can help Israel and support peace in the Middle East

This year can no longer be written off as a complete annus horribilis. Against all odds, peace appears to be breaking out in the Middle East.  Last week, Israel doubled the number of formal peace agreements with its regional Arab neighbors, leapfrogging from two to four. To borrow a phrase from the Democratic presidential nominee, … Continue reading

To the Far Right and Back Again

An overriding message from the last few months of protests is that it’s not enough not to be racist. Rather, one must be explicitly anti-racist. It’s not enough to support the peaceful demonstrations going on around the country. “Silence is violence” is the new mantra.  That has led to such harrowing scenes as we saw … Continue reading

Reaching Young Fathers of Color

Fatherhood is life changing. But what does it look like if you’re a black or Latino father between the ages of 18 and 24? This question is explored in a recent report released by Baltimore’s Center for Urban Families (CFUF), Reaching Their Full Potential: Strategies for Supporting Young Fathers of Color, which compiles the wisdom of 10 fatherhood programs from … Continue reading

COVID is Fueling Education Innovation

There’s nothing more predictable than the school calendar—in a non-COVID year, that is. This year, all bets are off, and that has complicated life for families.  After the mess that was spring’s experiment with distance learning, and with many public schools planning to delay in-classroom learning even longer, many parents are forming “homeschooling pods” or “micro-schools.” … Continue reading