MY LATEST ONLINE ESSAYS:
Times of Israel: The Qualities Which Defined George H.W. Bush and Saved Ethiopian Jewry
The images of Operation Solomon in 1991 are iconic; the back story is less well known. President George H.W. Bush's compassion saved the lives of thousands of defenseless Ethiopian Jews. More here.
TC Jewfolk: In This Community You Don’t Suffer Alone
A Hanukkah menorah started a fire that burned down my brothers house. In the outpouring of support, including from dozens of strangers, there is holiness. More here.
TC Jewfolk: Yossi Klein Halevi's New Book is Call From the Heart to His Palestinian Neighbor:
Yossi Klein Halevi manages the most difficult juggle of all: He embodies an unshakable attachment to Israel, a commitment to Jewish peoplehood, and a deep empathy for his Palestinian neighbors. It's a must-read for everyone. My review is here.
Sally Says: Here’s What Non-Stop Sugar is Doing to Us
Try this thought experiment. Imagine that the car repair shop, the dry cleaners, the cute boutique, and even the mammogram center have bowls of free cigarettes and matches on the counter.
The idea is preposterous, but only because we now understand smoking's danger and take it seriously. It's time we regard the non-stop consumption of sugar as the danger that it is. More here.
Proud to have an article featured in the Hebrew language media! In this essay I describe my experiences teaching Israeli students about Jewish life in America, something they know almost nothing about. If you can read Hebrew, check this out! Prefer the English version? Click here.
Welcome! Israel, Jewish life, and parenting are the topics I love to write and speak about.
My online essays have appeared in the Times of Israel, Kveller, TCJewfolk, and have been shared widely on social media. Hundreds of audiences in schools, churches and civic groups have heard me present a mainstream Jewish perspective on Israel and/or Judaism. I believe deeply in the power of words to educate, illuminate, and inspire.
I'm a native of the Twin Cities (Minneapolis/St. Paul), a wife, mother of seven (four by birth, three by marriage) and Nana to a rapidly growing number of grandchildren.
If you want to learn more about Israel's wonders and challenges, find inspiration in generation-to-generation Jewish life, or simply get some fresh ideas for great meals, you've come to the right place!
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