Commentary  Chai Lights

Expert analysis and personal insights on today’s Jewish topics.


The Talmud tells us that “a father is obligated to teach his son how to swim.”


For as long as I can remember, I've been gaga over babies. I have wanted one since I practically was one myself. 


We need the two halves of home and community to live a wholly Jewish life.  


Last fall, I put my first child on hold (something we can do only with a figurative child) and gave birth to an actual baby. 


Wherever we travel, we pack our Jewish selves with us before we hit the road or skies. Indeed, we observe the world through Jewish lenses.


Ready for a clean slate? We Members of the Tribe are lucky to get a chance to start fresh every fall as the shofar sounds a wakeup call in each of our lives.


In the years since my own big day, the bar and bat mitzvah industry has gotten out of hand.


The wedding was lovely, but it’s all the days after the wedding—it’s the marriage—that really count.  


What always goes in tandem with moments of tragedy and evil are moments of heroism. 


We hear about defaced Jewish headstones, anti-Israel rhetoric, and alarming statistics of a rise in violent incidents against Jews around the world. But there are many glimmers of hope, too.  

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