Autumn is days away. That means school starts, people put orange leaf wreaths on their doors, Halloween costumes appear in the stores. Fall always seems like a particularly cozy season. I see a lot of people starting to find indoor activities. In My Other Life, I Craft Many of us have jobs and volunteer-jobs and…Read More »
Squeeze the Juice out of Summer!
It’s August. Time to squeeze the last juice out of summer. Then take a leisurely look at fall Jewish programs and opportunities. If you don’t yet have a synagogue this is a good time to look around. You can look online to see what synagogues are near you by simply Googling “synagogues near me” or…Read More »
Grandparents, who are they and what do they mean to us?
Isn’t it funny how we portray grandmothers and grandfathers? On one hand, I see headlines that say, Not Your Grandfather’s Shul or Not Your Grandmother’s Challah – always with the implication that the things of your grandparents are outdated, lousy, good to discard. Then, on the other hand, I see articles titled, How to Cook…Read More »
I Found Religion, My Spouse Left It, What About Our Kids?
Dear Dawn: I’m the daughter of a Jewish father and non-Jewish mother who raised me with no religion. Finding my way into Judaism has been difficult and, at times, painful. My partner, Tom, was raised Christian and is now an atheist. While he has warm feelings for his church, he no longer belongs. When discussing how…Read More »
Is it OK to leave decisions about burial to our kids?
Dear Dawn: I read where you said that parents should decide how they want to be buried and tell their children. That all sounds good, but my wife is Catholic and determined to be buried in a church cemetery. I’m Jewish and I really don’t care where I’m buried, except that I do not want to…Read More »
What is summer good for — Jewishly speaking?
Yes, the Jewish world is pretty much holiday-free during the summer. There are some fast days, but as you can imagine, people don’t start practicing Judaism with fasting. So if you’re getting started, or ramping up, your exploration of Judaism, what is good to do in the summertime? Visit your local Jewish community center. The…Read More »