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Parents Blessing Their Children

From Generation to Generation

On Shabbat, there is a beautiful ritual that families can do to create a strong physical and metaphysical connection between generations.  It’s the blessing of the children. The traditional version begins with “May God make you like Sarah, Rebecca, Rachel and Leah” (for daughters) or “like Ephraim and Menashe” (for sons), and it continues with […]

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Being Present

It’s About Being There

In Judaism, there is the concept of Hineni, of being present. It’s not just about showing up and being counted*—it’s about showing up and being there. In Reggio Emilia, Italy, the same concept of “being present” is infused into their community and therefore their schools. Reggio schools’ founder Loris Malaguzzi said, “When the child sees […]

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Pressing the Pause Button

Pressing Pause: There’s a Blessing for That!

Last month, I talked about spending the summer being present. It’s been going well so far (two weeks in!). For many families, including ours, longer days = more opportunities for togetherness. We get to do the things we can’t or wouldn’t do the rest of the year, like evening trips to the pool or ice […]

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Loving and Mourning

Mourning and Loving in the Same Month

Each summer, there are two Jewish holidays that seem diametrically opposed: Tisha B’Av, the Jewish day of mourning, and Tu B’Av, the Jewish day of love. Why would the Jewish calendar contain two holidays with opposite themes and purposes so close to each other? Tisha B’Av marks several tragedies that affected the Jewish people, including […]

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Sensory-Friendly Purim 2019: Got Questions? Get Answers Here!

You know how you have an idea and then bounce it off the nearest colleague and it grows into a real plan and then it finally comes to fruition and it feels like a dream come true?  That’s how we feel about the Sensory-Friendly Purim Celebrations.  It was a germ of an idea—based on something […]

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