Rekindling Patriotism

A long-time Cuban immigrant to the United States, Martin Gurri, wrote a stirring paean to his adopted country for the nation’s 247th birthday. He poured out his gratitude for being an American and explained why America is truly exceptional. There was one fly in the ointment. Mentioning his 5-year-old grandson, he wrote that this child […]

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A Child Shall (Not) Lead Them

I recently spent quite a bit of time watching an 18-month-old with a penchant for climbing. He attempted to do incredibly foolish things. There was no explaining to him that the chair was likely to tip over, the fall from the staircase bannister would be unpleasant, and that the curtain was not mountain climbing gear.

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Wimps or Daredevils

I discovered a previously unpublished Musing deep in the bowels of my computer. From the anecdote therein, I must have written it over six years ago. Within the past few weeks, I have been bombarded with statistics about anxious children, suicidal teens, and emotionally precarious young adults. As society’s hysteria and behavior over COVID upped

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Aim for the Bottom

My husband and I enjoyed a delightful Shabbat meal with two popular and lauded teachers. These women taught different grades (lower elementary and high school respectively) in two different schools. Yet, they shared an important commonality. Both of them were getting less satisfaction from teaching than in the past. Both may stop teaching sooner than

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My Wife Went Behind My Back

I went out of town with one of my children to visit my grandmother yesterday, and my wife decided she wanted to take my other two children to a rock climbing gym. Personally, I find the idea dangerous because I think that it is subjecting children to a serious injury if equipment were to fail

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Fewer Mothers, Fewer Children

The polling booths have closed for the midterm elections in the United States. Some seats changed hands, others stayed as they were, and some races are yet to be called. Whatever the results, the fact is that the true battleground for the future of America lies not in politics but in the culture. In the

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Lollipops Galore!

Synagogues and sugar I love how you focus on fitness and overall health as a part of a holistic lifestyle. I have three children and our local synagogue is sadly like many in that there is a culture of loading up children on sugar. Kiddush (an after prayer socializing time) Is full of sugary treats

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A Different Kind of Bread Line

The great food giveaway The first time I glanced out my window and saw the line of cars, I thought it was a funeral procession. Slow-moving, inching along at a stately pace, the formation seemed never-ending. I went online to discover which important person had died. No one had. When I expressed my bafflement to

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Will I be punished for my parents’ flaws?

Question of the week: Hello, Rabbi. Thanks to you and Mrs. Lapin for your wonderful lessons. I am a Christian and although I read our Old Testament regularly, I always wonder about certain passages each time I come across them. One that disturbs me are several that say the iniquity of the fathers shall be

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To Bee or Not to Bee

With close to a 100-years-old history, the Scripps National Spelling Bee can be considered an American institution. While the idea of studying the dictionary and memorizing lists of words might not grab you the competition, boasting both prestige and sizable cash prizes, proves attractive to many.  It is worth pondering what it says about our

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