Finding Tekhelet is about fulfilling an ancient mitzvah that was there the whole time.
Pnina Gutman asking, "Who am I? What is my name?" isn't a philosophical query, it is one of identity
I speak to Esther Aaron about the Aliyah process, revisit Rachel and her daughter Dena, still struggling with the matriculation exams, and pass on some general information.
While tekhelet is a biblical commandment, it’s one full of "buts" that bring me up short.
Yesterday, I wrote a mealy-mouthed piece entitled, Obama/Fareed Agree: Bibi is Pushy, Inappropriate. Why mealy-mouthed? Because I wanted to say so much more. I wanted...
"We very strongly identify with the Aseh Chayil National Religious and Modern Orthodox ideology."
Part of the problem of making Aliyah with kids involves the black and white nature of religious education in Israel.
Dena was just on the cusp of turning 16 when her parents, both well-established professionals, made Aliyah from a major American metropolis.
In this Catskills summer camp, the custom is “Rocking this place like it’s never been rocked before”
How do you put a love of Judaism into a middle-aged man when it was never there in the first place?
We tried to put him in kindergarten but the Jewish day school couldn’t handle him. Their solution was to put him in "time out" all day.
"I don’t think my kids have any difficulties that are specific to the Israeli school system."
After they made Aliyah, Randi discovered she was pregnant with Yisrael, who has Down syndrome.
She had a heart problem but no one imagined she would pass away the next day.
I recall the shock and pain of seeing my ruined ice cream on the street.
"Everything we have done and learned regarding the gifted students has also come from speaking to more experienced Olim, not through the system."