Posted: Fri, 12/06/2013 - 11:09 | The New Normal

As Chanukah departs, let's take one last look back at the Maccabees' triumph over the Hellenists. Was it a victory of ideas as well as a physical conquest?

Posted: Tue, 12/03/2013 - 12:45 | The New Normal

The photograph was a fundraiser’s dream: a frail child in a gold-and-black dress struggling for balance on a walker. The caption accompanying the photo described her plight: “Ayalah [is] a beautiful five-year-old born with spina bifida and is paralyzed from the waist down.”

Posted: Wed, 11/27/2013 - 12:13 | The New Normal

I’m torn, really.  On the one hand, I really do not want to jump on the Pew Study response bandwagon. If I even the mention the study at this point I run the risk of losing a dozen readers right away. Please, stay with me. 

Posted: Fri, 11/22/2013 - 10:54 | The New Normal

The Oxford English dictionary has named “selfie” as the word of the year 2013. A selfie is a picture of yourself which you take via a cell phone.

Posted: Thu, 11/21/2013 - 13:27 | The New Normal

Ever since our son was diagnosed with autism, at age two and a half, I'd been wondering about his bar mitzvah.  I come from a family of shulgoers who lead services, read from the Torah, and sing. My husband does, too. He and I have been teaching b’nei mitzvah for decades, and the question of our son’s bar mitzvah loomed large for 10 years.

Posted: Tue, 11/19/2013 - 13:15 | The New Normal

Before enlisting in the Israel Defense Forces, I put a lot of consideration into where I wanted to serve.  I thought about how I would be able to make the most of my abilities and how I could best contribute.  I understood that I would have to do something that I loved and felt connected to.