Commentary  Chai Lights

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

SweetYear5781

Let's look ahead to 5781 with hope and faith that the new year will be sweeter than the last.

challah_cindycolumn

Challah isn't fast food. No, you can't rush the baking process. 

swimmingwithdads

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

Cindy_Olivia

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

coronamezuza

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

Cindy_balancecolumn

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. 

Suitcases

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.

HoneyBear

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.

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.  

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