November 14, 2019

recently heard a speaker urging people not to get stuck in the toil of everyday life, of work and career, of pursuing gashmiyus, and instead to make our lives more spiritual and Torah-focused. Yet I couldn’t help but bristle with a bit of defensiveness as I thought o...

August 22, 2019


My daughter came back from sleepaway camp with the usual: dirty laundry, half-eaten snacks, and a yearbook of memories. But this year, she came home with something she’d never previously experienced so powerfully: inspiration. And a commitment to sustain the growth sh...

June 19, 2019

To the Graduates of the Class of 2019,

You made it out, right? Twelve-plus years of the day school system are now behind you, you took your last set of finals, and you walked out those school doors free as a bird. Now your life can finally begin.

For some of you, a year...

May 22, 2019

When I recently saw the following quote, “Parenting was so much easier when I raised my non-existent children hypothetically,” I could identify, not just because I am a parent who is raising actual humans, but because it speaks to the very essence of a struggle I’ve ha...

March 15, 2019

Mishpacha’s theme issue “Checks and Balances” held special resonance for me. One of my first forays into writing came about four years ago with a phone call from my rav. Rabbi Moshe Hauer, who served on the editorial board of the journal Klal Perspectives, asked me to...

January 23, 2019

Lately, I’ve been all over the idea of grit. My high-schooler needs to research sources for a project on presidential campaigns? Good, it builds perseverance. My son’s rebbi insists my son say the Gemara more clearly in class? Great, he’ll learn persistence. My kids wa...

November 22, 2018

In this week's Mishpacha article, I write about my husband, Daniel. For writers, it's always a delicate balance writing about family members. I had originally included a bit about his journey to becoming religious, which would have done him more justice, but it got scr...

October 17, 2018

Here is this week's article for Mishpacha Magazine. Seeing young boys who were drinking on Simchas Torah really made me mad. But once I thought about all the people in our communities who are the change they want to see in the world, I then noticed the silver linings t...

August 22, 2018

Over the years, people have asked me to write about my experiences teaching in various types of schools. Here's some of what I've learned, published in this week's Mishpacha Magazine. 

New school years are fraught with expectations. Teachers have expectations that their...

August 1, 2018

Mr. Rogers has had a revival. Fred Rogers, the creator and host of the children’s television series “Mr. Rogers Neighborhood,” which ran from 1968 to 2001 on public television, is known to be appreciated for his keen understanding of children and his belief in the impo...

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