When you come from NYC, where winter means bitter cold, snow, sleet and ice, it is a wonderful thing experience winter in Israel. We learn as children that our winter is a kind of death - a time of losing leaves and hibernation. And so it’s hard to understand how welco...
When I was studying for my Masters in Religious Education, I was asked to imagine a "perfect" Bar-Bat Mitzvah program. My program that was based on Values, Questions and Actions, using the number 13 as a jumping off point.
February 2018, four years ago, I wrote the blog post below, just before Purim. It was about my search for the best Hamentaschen in NYC. Like so many, I yearned for the Hamentaschen of my youth – yeast dough with poppy seed filling.
If you only had four months – 12 weeks – to give a child their entire Jewish education, what would you teach? Could you hope to teach the child to decode Hebrew? An overview of Torah? What prayers could the child learn?