New York Times: My Jewish Daughter, Mary

When I was pregnant with my second child, my husband and I told our 3-year-old son, Cai, that he could name the baby. This would help him feel like an important family member before his universe collapsed. “O.K.,” Cai said. “Her name is Mary.” No, it’s not, I thought. I wasn’t worried. I knew that […]

JTA: Is Opting Out A Cop Out?

At a recent kids-included party in Jerusalem, I spent much of the time either on the floor with my daughter Mari or trailing her around to make sure she didn’t eat anything toxic. A successful American journalist living here chatted with me for a few minutes, and as I left her to intercept my daughter […]

Purple Clover: Spaghetti in Naples

Long before the book “Eat, Pray, Love,” I went to Italy to find myself. I was twenty-five, unhappy and a religious Jew. This meant I was strictly kosher, and the list of foods I wasn’t allowed to eat was extensive. I arrived in Rome with a guidebook and dictionary, but no itinerary. After considering the […]