Parashat Korach: Happiness is being content with what we have

Parashat Korach: Happiness is being content with what we have

Having been raised in a comfortable though by no means wealthy home, my sister and I had a private education, music lessons, art lessons, and lived in relative comfort. Nevertheless, there were things that were just “not fair”, purchases I felt were “needed” but...
Parashat Chukat: The lessons of the Song of the Well

Parashat Chukat: The lessons of the Song of the Well

This past week I had the pleasure of meeting the families of our new kindergarten class. The excitement over the new chapter in the lives of their children was contagious. Indeed, the kindergarten class is one of the happiest places in our school. The children are...
Parashat Shelach: The mitzvah of hafrashat challah

Parashat Shelach: The mitzvah of hafrashat challah

Nothing says Shabbat like the smell of freshly baked challah. There is something so soothing about the aroma wafting through the house, the texture of the bread, the silence after netilah as we wait, impatiently, for our portion. Challah becomes more than just food,...
Parashat Beha’alotcha: Raising those around us

Parashat Beha’alotcha: Raising those around us

The comforts of modern technology have all but eliminated our need for fire. Fire, in our lives, is mostly relegated to the lighting of candles or summertime campfires. Whatever the source, fire is mesmerizing. One cannot help but be drawn in by the sway of the flame,...
Parashat Nasso: The origin of Birkat Yeladim

Parashat Nasso: The origin of Birkat Yeladim

This past week, a friend’s son donned his tefilin for the first time. She sent me a picture of her husband lovingly showing him how to wrap the straps over his fingers. It is a special moment that never fails to strike a strong emotional chord within me. Not simply...
Parashat Bamidbar: Creating or own midbar

Parashat Bamidbar: Creating or own midbar

None would argue that the past fifteen months have been an incredible trial, a rollercoaster of highs and lows with barely a moment to catch our breaths, with the most recent “low” being the surge of violence in Israel. This has been and continues to be a time of...
Parashat Emor: The faults we see in others

Parashat Emor: The faults we see in others

Years ago, a group of friends and I went to Florida for Spring Break. We were nineteen and all excited about going away, alone, for the first time. How sad we were to discover that most places would be closed to us as the legal age in the United States is twenty-one-...