Napoleon Dynamite Purim

Napoleon Dynamite is making its rounds on a second generation, and Napoleon fever hit our house 'real bad.' Since our kids saw the movie in July (and another dozen times since then), they've spouted out random lines pretty much nonstop. There was no question that Purim was going to be all about Napoleon. Shalach Manot … Continue reading Napoleon Dynamite Purim

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How Our Kids Learned to Read

I owe JK Rowling a thank you note. My youngest son is staying up too late these days, devouring the fourth Harry Potter book on his own. He's joined the legions of children worldwide, who tackle the over 900-page book with an insatiable desire to reach its end. In our family, he's the fourth to … Continue reading How Our Kids Learned to Read

Journey of a lifetime

If the restroom lines in Israel seem shorter and the tourism economy takes a slight dip, it's because yesterday marks the end of the JWRP fall trip season. Jewish Women's Renaissance Project (alternatively and affectionally called Jewish Women Running to Pee) brings up to 450 women from around the world per week for the summer … Continue reading Journey of a lifetime

On book talks and fostering future writers

I'm a voracious reader, but I so rarely read a book twice. Except for Barbara Kingsolver's books. For me, her books are a circle. I finish one and I turn back to the beginning to start again. I've read nearly all of them twice, even the essay compilations. I've read my favorite, Poisonwood Bible, three … Continue reading On book talks and fostering future writers

Lessons Learned at the Hospital

It feels like there's a lot of darkness in the world right now, but there's a whole lot of light on the hospital children's ward. God knows we need more good souls these days.

Steel Cut Oats: Breakfast of Champions

I have a confession to make. I haven't eaten my granola in a few years (gasp!). I stopped eating sugar--including honey and maple syrup--and my granola is full of honey. This left me with a cereal problem. Even if I eat Grape Nuts, I can eat a few bowls of it ¬†and still won't feel … Continue reading Steel Cut Oats: Breakfast of Champions