pirkei avot

When Your Role Model Disappoints You

We are always capable of being better- and so is everyone else

An Attitude of Gratitude

Jewish tradition reminds us that being happy with what we have is so important.

Feeling the Love in Israel

Make for yourself a teacher, acquire a friend, and judge every person favorably. (Pirkei Avot 1:6)

We Are All Leaders

Leadership is on my mind this week. We elected a new president of the United States, a leader with a ...

Silver & Gold Study Buddies

My Jewish life has always been active. I became a Bat Mitzvah right on time, inherited the position of cantorial ...

Eizehu Gibor: Jessica Jones – who is a hero?

(Yes, spoilers. Get over it)In Emily Nussbaum’s superb New Yorker essay about the television series “Marvel’s Jessica Jones,” she asks, ...

Accumulating Things Or, Then Again … Nothing

We read in Pirke Avot, the Ethics of the Sages: “Who is happy?” The answer: “The one who is satisfied ...

Don’t Get Furious, Get Curious

I do a lot of commuting, and one thing that makes that time fly by are courses by The Teaching Company. With ...

Enjoying Imperfection

When my husband and I were house hunting 16 years ago, we visited a house that was so cluttered, even the ...

A Powerful Woman

As this summer, and this Jewish year wind down, I’m completing the painting and writing for my fourth illuminated book ...