Category Archives: May 2020


I know an 18-year-old in Bellevue, WA, who never used to eat his vegetables. His parents would complain about him being a picky eater, and were worried about his diet; but kids are kids, so what could they do? In the summer before he started third grade, however, he went to camp for the first time and made a surprising ... Read More »


There is a custom of staying up all night on the eve of Shavuot. The traditional rabbinic explanation for this custom is that G-d found the children of Israel asleep on the morning of the day when they were set to receive the Torah. A “proof text” for this claim is Exodus 19:16- “On the third day, as morning dawned, ... Read More »


Once upon a time in Orange County, California, the people were quarantined due to a virus. Forced to stay home and socially distance from anyone not living with them caused the families to create imaginative adventures. Here’s just one… After packing a small overnight bag with comfortable clothes, a swimsuit, cosmetics and medication, the children (including adult children who were ... Read More »


Summertime conjures up joyful images of lemonade stands, splashing at the beach and family vacations. It can also stir up anxiety for parents, as we feel dependent on the structure of the school year to keep our children meaningfully engaged. If that’s how you’re feeling, then take a deep breath and let’s rethink those long summer days filled with downtime. ... Read More »

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