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Articles written by Melissa Cohen

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  • Anxious? Angry? Here's why we have to keep going

    Melissa Cohen|Nov 16, 2018

    (Kveller via JTA)—“I’m so scared for your synagogue,” my (non-Jewish) mother said to me as we were driving the other day. We were talking about my daughter’s schedule—religious school was on the agenda for that afternoon—and she had asked me about our synagogue’s security following the terrible attack in Pittsburgh. I was silent for a minute, and then told her that I’m scared all the time now. I’m scared when I go to the library; I’m scared when I go to the mall. I hesitate before I get into an elevator with strangers, and I think about bombing...

  • Do my children really need formal Jewish education to be good Jews?

    Melissa Cohen|Apr 17, 2015

    (Kveller via JTA)—I want to raise my children with a strong sense of spirituality and connection to their Jewish heritage. But I’m struggling with the reality that my children do not like going to religious school, and have only a passing interest in attending services with me. They love going to the synagogue, just not so much actually participating. There is a lot of arguing about going to Hebrew school and why it’s a good idea to occasionally step into services, as opposed to just wrestling with your friends in the lobby or hiding out with...