From Leslie's Laptop

a blog by Leslie Dannin Rosenthal, President

Dayenu: A Balancing Act Between Generations

If you read my last post, you will note that I was concerned about Passover — the menu and the meaning. Well, I’ve been busy, but both have still been on my mind. Here’s what I’ve concluded, with a little help from my son.

 

I mentioned to him that I want his generation to feel that…

It’s Purim — Only Four Weeks to Passover

It’s erev Purim.  Shouldn’t there be an exclamation point after that statement? Isn’t our joy supposed to increase in Adar? Well, yes. I just re-watched the Maccabeats’ Purim video, I made some delicious (gluten-free!) hamataschen, and I do miss having anyone around to dress up for …

Finding Inspiration in Shared Values

Every week I take the same spin through the grocery store. Run past the deli counter, grateful that I don’t have to stop and stand in the seemingly endless line to buy the Empire roast turkey for school lunches. (I love my kids, I just hated waiting in the deli line and am glad that portio…

Creating Am Shalem — A Complete Nation

Did you ever see something and say to yourself, “I can’t believe I just saw that — and when can I see some more?” No, I don’t mean Mario Manningham’s sideline catch on Sunday, although I hope we do see many more of those next season. What I’m referring to is a visit to the Metr…

Being Proud of Being Jewish

I don’t know about your family, but when I was growing up, my grandmothers, who were very dear friends, played an ongoing game of “did you know?” — as in, “Did you know that Christopher Columbus was Jewish?” This could go on for hours, and I always wondered why it was so importan…