• How about shiva for the divorced?

    The Jewish people, who tend to apply ritual to almost every aspect of life, perhaps should prescribe a set of shiva-like rituals for divorce, a marketing and communications professional writes.

  • For an infertile woman, grandma makes the ultimate gift

    Grandma Rachel comes through again — in her own way — for a granddaughter who is unable to conceive. And despite her death nearly two decades ago, she hasn’t stopped helping.

  • For one mother, is decision to ‘opt out’ a cop-out?

    A stay-at-home mom, admittedly insecure, wonders if not returning to work is a convenient way of surrendering to her fears and not facing the world.

  • For a free spirit, TV provides a new lens on life

    In an excerpt from the forthcoming book “Free Spirit: Growing Up On the Road and Off the Grid,” Joshua Safran writes about reconsidering his worldview after a seventh-grade assignment: watching the nightly news as homework.

  • Can true love bridge the meat and dairy divide?

    Unpacking in the new apartment she would share with her boyfriend of four years, a 20-something makes a revelation: The couple would need to be less like the families they came from and more like the family they would create together.

  • At a Muslim-Jewish conference, dialogue and hope

    Those furthest apart can be brought closer together — an interfaith dialogue conference in Sarajevo proves it, writes a researcher at NGO Monitor in Jerusalem.

  • Leaving the Lower East Side, a search for home

    For a 20-something author, his bubbe’s Yiddish wisdom about building a new city from an old one also applies to relationships and family.

  • For a former wallflower, a date with her Jewish past

    With some trepidation, a successful wine writer heads back to a yeshiva reunion and an encounter with the only Jewish boy she ever dated.