Giving PTSD the Jewish Treatment

A recent study from the Department of Veterans’ Administration found that the daily number of American veterans who commit suicide has decreased from 22 to 20 a day — a small improvement but a step in the right direction. The leading cause of veteran suicide is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, in which you have intense… Read More

Being Zayde Veterans: A Special Breed

Throughout history the world has depended on fighting men, and increasingly fighting women, to stand up to authority and threats to personal safety and to defend cultures. Many have died for both good reasons and bad, but the injured (psychologically and physically) have carried the experience of veterans to an extreme. The quiet among us… Read More

Each of Us Can Reduce Political Polarization

There are numerous theories as to why our political environment is so polarized and dysfunctional: radical politicians elected in gerrymandered districts; the role of money in politics; angry economically marginalized voters; and the pervasive use of negative campaigning. All are contributing factors to the abysmal state of American politics. There are also various and sundry… Read More

People of the Book Happy 97th, Bubbie

In 1920, Tirtza Katz, née Gordon, was pregnant with her only child, Malkeh, when she escaped on what might have been the last train out of Russia with her husband, Abraham, before the border closed irrevocably for 70 years. Malkeh was born in Danzig and in a few months would be in America and named… Read More

What’s So Jewish About Swim Lessons?

This past summer was my first summer with a child. As a Jewish education professional, I have dedicated my life to learning and to hoping to inspire others to learn in all sorts of different ways. But I have found as a new mother that there is so much I can learn about myself through… Read More

The Bond of One People

Not long ago I arrived to the U.S. to serve as a shlichah (Israeli emissary) at the Jewish Federation of Howard County. On the flight from Israel, I noticed volunteers from IsraAID, an Israeli humanitarian aid organization that responds to crises around the world. They were on their way to Houston. At first thought, it… Read More

People Died Because Las Vegas Response Took Too Long

The horrible shooting in Las Vegas at a country music festival that claimed 58 lives and wounded more than 500 tells us clearly there is something wrong with how we make concerts, public spaces, sports events, clubs and buildings — including places of worship — secure. Not only did an apparently lone gunman shoot from… Read More

All For One

The past few months have been exceedingly challenging for many in the United States, Mexico and some Caribbean nations, pummeled by natural disasters and fires that destroyed homes, decimated infrastructure, shattered dreams and led to significant loss of life. In light of the devastation, it’s been incredibly heartwarming to witness the power of community and… Read More

The Power of the Powerfully Wealthy

The revelations of Howard Weinstein’s sexual misadventures within the orbit of Hollywood is shocking, sad and just downright disgusting. As has been the lack of responses of the liberal Hollywood community who would rather maintain a tight-lipped lock on his behavior. Accused of multiple acts of sexual misconduct, assault, rape and indecent public exposure over… Read More

Being Zayde Sharing Holidays

Thinking about the people I have been sharing the holidays with over recent weeks has me considering ways those moments can make a difference in the coming year. My family is simply filled with incredible people and love that created beautiful memories. The friends with whom we shared moments are really like an extended family,… Read More