Watching Disney movies with your kindergartner

Just recently we had a Shabbat guest who kindly offered to help me set the table for lunch. I gave her the silverware, and as she laid it out she worriedly asked if she should put a knife on the table within my daughter's reach - not for my daughter's own use, but for the… Continue reading Watching Disney movies with your kindergartner

Ethical will: Be true to yourself

There is nothing new under the sun, including in this ethical will, but I feel it necessary to plant some flags. Also, in embarking upon this endeavor, I am taking my own advice by being true to myself. As this feels important to me, I shall respect that drive. To start: There are many voices… Continue reading Ethical will: Be true to yourself

The right side of the brain?

She asks endless questions, which is... normal. Perhaps it's only I who feel unready, unsteady, but it's not just the asking that worries me. It's also the way her mind seems to work. Apparently, she sees no end to any conversation. Daily, she asks questions unexpectedly about issues that we'd discussed months (sometimes years) ago,… Continue reading The right side of the brain?

Walking on God

On a recent morning walk to preschool, my five-year-old was musing to herself and came to a logical conclusion: If I'm God, and the sidewalk is God, then God is walking on God. That's funny, right? Despite our family's committedly traditional Jewish lifestyle, my daughter is hardly receiving any theological indoctrination from home. My wife… Continue reading Walking on God

The skeptic’s kaddish for the atheist, 7

Last Shabbat was Shabbat Shuva, which is the Shabbat between Rosh HaShanah (the Jewish New Year) and Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement), and a member of the community shared a brief drasha (words of Torah) with the kehila (congregation) on Friday evening. To my mind, her question was classic and critical: Which is the holier day—Yom Kippur or Shabbat? Shabbat is mentioned… Continue reading The skeptic’s kaddish for the atheist, 7