So, I’ve been working on a post of recommended books to buy for Hanukkah gifts. Procrastination rarely pays off, but in this case Marjorie Ingall posted the same column on Tablet. She recommended many of the same books I was planning to suggest – a few that I already wrote about earlier this year, including…

There are a lot of Hanukkah picture books (and no, not all of them were written by Eric Kimmel.) But there actually aren’t a lot of books for young children that tell the story of Hanukkah – the narrative of the Maccabees’ defeat of Antiochus. Granted, it’s a fairly grizzly story, with its fair share…

It’s not too often that I find myself in agreement with the Christian right when it comes to politics. But this week, when RIchard Land, Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, called on Newt Gingrich to address and apologize for his history of marital infidelity, we were strange and fleeting bedfellows. Not literally, mind you.…

It’s November. Christmas is almost a month away. But even before the Halloween clearance candy was actually cleared, tinsel and plastic Santas were popping up at the ends of the supermarket aisles. “Why are they playing Jingle Bells already?” asked Zoe, in a not so patient voice, as we gathered bags of cranberries for our…

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I'm a mother of two girls, raised in suburban Baltimore, and transplanted to a small New England town. I teach, write, and try to create a vibrant Jewish home for my family while spending very little time in synagogue. I guess you could say we're home-shuling.

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