Opinion

The importance of self-care for caregivers

When was the last time you focused on yourself?  If you cannot remember, you might be a caregiver. For many, COVID-19 makes for an uncertain future. For caregivers, the pandemic has heightened…

The value of praise over thanks

One afternoon, a few years ago, a large, overstuffed mailing envelope arrived in my office. The return address indicated it had come from an elementary school where I had recently spoken. In…

Feminist Seders saved my relationship with Judaism

I grew up going to a conservative egalitarian synagogue in Toronto on the High Holidays and occasionally on Shabbat. Women have equal participation to men in the services and I was able…

Why we fight for Nasrin Sotoudeh’s freedom

Although International Women’s Day took place last week on March 8, it shouldn’t be the only time we address notable women who are fighting for women's rights. The National Council of Jewish…

Getting to know myself through Spilling The Tea

When I was little, I didn’t often think about my mixed Sephardic and Ashkenazi Jewish family. I loved partaking in my father’s Moroccan Sephardic traditions and my mother’s German and Hungarian Ashkenazi…

How We Love

To truly love something, we must be in relationship with it; putting in our most valuable resources, such as time and affection. We should begin by acknowledging love is incredibly complex and…

Oy to the World

I am a Jew who enjoys Christmas. Something I thought would never happen, especially because I always yearned for a Jewish practicing home.  I was raised by very secular parents. When I…

Kindness for Chrismukkah

The portmanteau ‘Chrismukkah’ induces shudders for many people. As December approaches, Facebook groups like The Jews are Tired are fraught with frustrated and scathing posts complaining about stuffed Santas wearing tefillin (yes,…

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