Sharon Rosen Leib Sharon Rosen Leib

One People with One Heart

 

“I know you’re a doctor and I’m worried about my baby girl being so far away from home,” I said, protectively wrapping an arm around 22-year-old Oldest Daughter’s shoulders. I was about to leave her in Sofia, Bulgaria for a 10-month stint as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant. What would happen if she got sick? When… Read More »

Rebirthing Bulgaria’s Jewish Community

 

In matrilineal Judaism, Jewish women birth Jewish children. In Bulgaria, young Jewish women are rebirthing Jewish communal life.  Bulgaria’s two-millennia-old Jewish community lay dormant between 1944 and 1989 while the ruling Communist regime imposed a strict secular ideology forbidding religious practice. When the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) returned to Bulgaria in 1990, after… Read More »

Let’s Get Constructive

 

To start binding our radically divided United States together this new year, we need to emerge from our anxiety-fueled, post-election anger/despair and work on making America whole again. When we become so entrenched in our blue state/red state silos that we close our minds instead of opening our hearts, we all lose. Wise beyond her… Read More »

Out of the Mouths of Mothers and Daughters

 

From high-gloss pearls of wisdom penned by power moms to the raucous humor of one Jewish mother/daughter pair’s outlandish escapades, two new books capture the tangled web of mother-daughter relationships. Nina Tassler’s “What I Told My Daughter: Lessons from Leaders on Raising the Next Generation of Empowered Women” is a collection of 54 essays written… Read More »

The Little Pink Suitcase

 

“See that suitcase. It’s been unattended for at least eight minutes,” the man in line behind me at Frankfurt airport’s crowded security checkpoint told the guard. I swiveled and saw a child-sized, wheeled pink suitcase like those I bought my daughters years ago. Preoccupied people swirled around it while shoving their jackets and watches into… Read More »

The High Holiday Dilemma

 

Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur both fall on school days this year, leading to another round of debate over whether to send the kids to school.  In elementary and middle school, before the kids had more freedom of choice, the answer in our family remained clear. They missed school and attended children’s services at our… Read More »

Sending Kids Abroad

 

The metaphorical umbilical cord that will forever connect me to each of my children will be stretched farther than ever when 22-year-old Oldest Daughter blasts off for a 10-month stint as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in Sofia, Bulgaria, this month. On multiple occassions since we received the news I’ve had to restrain my very… Read More »

Sexual Assault Prevention 101

 

Collegiate sexual predators target freshmen girls. Why? Because they tend to be easy marks, unschooled in the perils of the party scene. We must talk to our sons and daughters before they leave home about taking precautions and behaving responsibly and ethically during their college years. Using reason and common sense rather than fear (we… Read More »

The Real Threat to our Daughters

 

The extensive media coverage and moral outrage regarding federally mandated transgender public school bathrooms qualify as possibly the most absurd culture-war, a non-issue, the distraction of all distractions. Consider the fact that approximately one percent of the United States population under the age of 18 identifies as transgender. Should the infinitesimally remote possibility of our… Read More »

Family History

 

When I first noticed the lump on my right forearm I didn’t think much of it – probably just a cyst that would dissolve and disappear.  Several months later I remembered the lump still lurking beneath my skin. I examined my left forearm and felt two more small lumps there. I started to worry.  I… Read More »