Commentary  Chai Lights

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

CindyAugustColumn

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

SmashtheGlass

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

Oscar_Stewart

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

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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.  

EstherAndIrene

Next up on the calendar is Purim, one of the most joyous holidays of the Jewish year. 

Thankyou_column

You are the difference maker of 2018. 

MidgeMaisel

Indeed, the hype is legit and, probably like many of you, I'm hooked. 

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When tragedy strikes home, we find moments of healing where we can—often in encounters with one another. 

Hats_Gloves

Jewish teachings command us to give to those less fortunate than ourselves. 

CastAway

One of my favorite holiday traditions doesn't draw as much attention as the others--called Tashlich--the custom of casting breadcrumbs, symbolizing our sins, into the water.

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