Erica Brown

Dr. Erica Brown is the director of the Mayberg Center for Jewish Education and Leadership and an associate professor of curriculum and pedagogy at The George Washington University.

Articles by Erica Brown

A Calf Full of Regret

What we regret shows what we value

A Time For Every Purpose

The biblical book of Ecclesiastes offers a different way to think about time — not as a unit of measurement, but as shifting periods of emotion and action.

Love and Change

The Hebrew month of Elul teaches us that love, like change, requires risk.

Dayenu: A Jewish Template for Gratitude

This classic seder poem is not merely a reflection on Passover, but a model for true thanks.

Ata Chonen: A Prayer for Wisdom

If we lack powers of wisdom and discernment, no other request of God really matters.

Is Parenting Good for You?

A Jewish guide to parenting without pain...or, without a lot of pain.

Blessing on a Fruit Tree

Judaism has special rituals for springtime, Nissan, and Passover.

Breaking Bad Habits

“It is too late to prepare when temptation is actually at hand.” Rabbi Yitzchak Meir of GerSometimes you find yourself ...


The plagiarist's dilemma--stealing, lying, and impersonation.

Truth and Fiction

"This is the punishment of the liar – even when he speaks the truth no one believes him." -The Talmud (BT Sanhedrin 89b)