Mamash’s* mission is to make Judaism accessible and compelling, to demonstrate how richly relevant Jewish thought and tradition can be, and to examine how it can intersect with and impact our secular daily lives.

Using this framework Mamash challenges and inspires its participants to help them to find more meaning in their own lives, to be more compassionate in their interactions with one another, and to be more reflective in how they engage with the world at large.

Mamash 1.0 undertook this work in the form of customized, facilitated discussion groups that met in people’s homes and offices, and through a blog called Mamash Minutes.

Mamash 2.0  continues to publish Mamash Minutes, and is currently exploring other tools and venues for outreach and engagement.

*Mamash is an expressive Hebrew word used in conversations to convey authenticity and emphasis. It means REALLY! TRULY!

Halfway between Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, comes Children’s Day.

The moniker may be different, but if Mother’s Day honors mothers and motherhood, and Father’s Day honors fathers and fatherhood, then surely this season of ‘moving on’ ceremonies honors our children.

Tis that time of year when parents celebrate their child’s ‘moving on’ from kindergarten to first grade, from middle school to high school, from high school to college, and from college to territory often unknown. Tis the season to celebrate our children, to ‘kvell‘ over their accomplishments, to revel in who they are and/or who they are on the road to becoming.

But here’s the rub. Unlike Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, ‘Children’s Day’ comes at a price: their moving on means our letting go.

Because notwithstanding the traditional Jewish stereotype of over-involved and over-bearing ‘helicopter parents’ (in today’s parlance), letting go is what our tradition teaches us to do. Continue reading »

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