Month: January 2020

She Said – He Said: A Tale of Lizzie and Bernie

Little Lizzie and Bernie had a playground spat. “He said that I couldn’t  be president because I’m a girl.” “Did not.” “Did too.” “Did not,”  and so on and so forth. I’m sure some advice in the kindergarten teacher manual recommends how to deal with “he said”-“she said” arguments, but here’s a memo to these...

This content is for Admin and Subscriber members only.
Login Join Now

Is it time to go into debt?

My wife and I are out of debt except for our mortgage which we are trying to quickly payoff. My business has some opportunity to expand but I am unsure if getting a business loan goes against Biblical or ancient Jewish wisdom. Thank you for your time. Bob F. Dear Bob, We’re certain that you...

This content is for Admin and Subscriber members only.
Login Join Now

Hocus Focus: Wave Those Priests

Artist Jacob Kurtzberg, later known as Jack Kirby, once told an interviewer that he was inspired to create the comic book character The Incredible Hulk after seeing a mother lift a car off her injured child. Though I do not know that this was the event Kirby witnessed, the Associated Press reported a 1982 incident...

This content is for Admin and Subscriber members only.
Login Join Now

Happy Anniversary!

A year ago, our daughter Rebecca began a What’s App group to share her thoughts on Torah and Parenting. Over the year, I have shared many of her teachings with Practical Parenting readers after editing them to make them available to those without a strong Hebrew and ancient Jewish wisdom background. I hope you enjoy...

This content is for Admin and Subscriber members only.
Login Join Now

Hi Ho, Hi Ho, It’s Off to Work We Go

For thirty years, Sue Shellenbarger has been writing the Work and Family column for the Wall Street Journal and I have always enjoyed reading her words. This past week, she penned a farewell article summing up what she sees as advances for working parents as well as areas where she sees problems looming. I found...

This content is for Admin and Subscriber members only.
Login Join Now

Cheating thoughts vs. cheating actions

Dear Rabbi and Susan, Is cheating in thoughts as bad as bad as cheating in reality? And how does one drive away those sinful thoughts? Kind regards, Julia Dear Julia, A piece of useful parenting information is to avoid phrases such as, “You’re such a good girl.” Obviously, it is a terrible mistake to tell...

This content is for Admin and Subscriber members only.
Login Join Now

It’s Fettuccini, Not a Kidney by Randy Weiss

Jim Weiss’ recordings are among my favorite homeschooling and mothering resources. For decades, this master storyteller’s work, produced with his wife Randy, have been favorite gifts for our children and now grandchildren. They range from CDs or downloads meant for four-year-olds to those that are more suitable for high school and up. If you aren’t...

This content is for Admin and Subscriber members only.
Login Join Now

The Gift of Deprivation

One of our darling daughters (henceforth DD) recently told me the following story. DD had taken four of her daughters, ages 5-11, clothing shopping. When she was checking out, the store proprietor pointed to a bowl of chocolate coins and told her that each chocolate had a discount coupon inside the wrapper. Picking one, our...

This content is for Admin and Subscriber members only.
Login Join Now

Rain, Rain Don’t Go Away

I just received a wonderfully welcome gift—a warm and wooly winter coat. With winter wheezing its cold breath over most of the northern hemisphere it couldn’t be more timely.  In my neighborhood, it’s time to think of snow.  Put snow tires on the cars; get ready to shovel snow from the sidewalk, and make sure...

This content is for Admin and Subscriber members only.
Login Join Now

Worry Less About anti-Semitism

Was the attack in Monsey, NY, on December 29, 2019, an anti-Semitic attack? How about the increasingly frequent attacks on Hasidic Jews, as happened recently in Jersey City or the numerous incidents that are taking place in Borough Park, NY, or the shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh in October 2018, or...

This content is for Admin and Subscriber members only.
Login Join Now
Shopping Cart