Wednesday, April 01, 2020

Family Link


It was many Passovers ago, 10 to be exact, when I was a young mom of two toddlers. My oldest was 2 1/2, imaginative and playful, and my youngest was 1 year old, strong willed, determined and walking way before any of his siblings ever did. We were spending the holiday in Florida with our extended family, revisiting our old

A Familial Love Affair

Speaking with my cousin Lois gives me that warm-all-over feeling. After many years, I reached out and found my long-lost older female cousin. Our mothers were each the firstborn of our grandfather’s fruitful marriages. To make a long story short, I always knew that she existed, yet we were living in parallel universes.

Shake, Rattle and Roll: Preliminary Steps to Walking

Having a baby is the greatest gift of all. It is also the greatest worry. Is my baby eating well, sleeping well, alert, following, grabbing, moving and simply ok? Is he meeting his milestones and showing promise for his future?

If there is a doubt in your mind, you must check it out; ask the

In Defense of Complexity: Parenting in the Digital Age

In recent years I have had the opportunity to research and lecture on technology ownership trends and behaviors among Jewish pre-teens and teens and study their impact on functioning. During that time, I have had wonderful interactions with caring and concerned parents, school faculty, mental health professionals and community leaders on

One Step at a Time

I was recently at a spirituality spa retreat where we explored yoga, meditation and challenge courses. The purpose was to notice how pushing the boundaries of your comfort zones can result in discovering the spaces where your personal brokenness can find healing. It may sound like a lot of new-age talk, but in each session I

Modern Orthodox, Modern Marriages and Modern Divorces

Many years ago I read an article describing Modern Orthodoxy as wanting it all: To be able to provide our children with the highest level of Jewish and secular education; to enjoy the prosperity of our society while retaining Torah values; to take vacations in Maui with glatt kosher meals while learning Daf Yomi

Project S.A.R.A.H. Speaks:  How to Address Abuse Disclosures by Our Children

Project S.A.R.A.H. is committed to the principle that prevention is one of the most critical aspects of our program. Teaching our children to protect themselves from sexual and other forms of abuse begins with toddlers and never ends. As parents we know that the ability to effectively communicate with our children is the best way

We Are All Slaves to Something

Passover is fast approaching. Many of us are busy cleaning and shopping. We are searching for and removing chametz from our homes. We are planning our seder menus, and deciding how we will replay the Haggadah journey at our tables. There is excitement in the air. Remembering and re-enacting the miracle of Pesach each year is for

Frisch Ice Hockey Team and Friendship Circle Go Skating

This past Sunday evening, the Frisch Ice Hockey Team invited the children of Friendship Circle to a night on the ice. At Mackay Arena, laughter and smiles filled the freezing cold air as the team volunteered their time, skills, and expertise in teaching the children how to skate. Round and round the rink they went and a

Passover Prep Pressure and How to Cope

As Passover approaches, it seems that almost everyone I know is frantically preparing for the holiday. One thing I’ve noticed is that most of the people I speak to express feeling highly anxious or stressed out as this particular holiday nears. And who can blame us? While Pesach is a family-filled and festive holiday, it also

Inclusion: It’s More Than You Think

I was at my desk, minding my own business when Eta Levenson, a volunteer leader of Greater MetroWest ABLE, sent me an email asking me to speak in our shul on Shabbat Shalem, a Shabbat of Inclusion, the Shabbat designated by our Federation to observe Jewish Disabilities Awareness and Inclusion Month.

Children Not Listening Means I’m Not Listening

“The Garden of Emuna” by Rabbi Shalom Arush teaches me that nothing in my life happens by chance. Everything that is going on, good or the seemingly bad, is a message from Hashem. My children’s behavior is no exception. In “The Garden of Education,” Rabbi Arush elaborates that my children are my spiritual mirrors. My