Sharon Rosen Leib Sharon Rosen Leib

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 »

The Protege in the Prime Minister’s Office


What were you doing at age 16? For American teens today, the most likely answer is getting a driver’s license, scouting prom dates, and generally trying to survive high school. When Ita Sheres, a precocious and mature-beyond-her-years young woman, was 16, she was working at the seat of Israeli power. It was 1958 and Yitzhak… Read More »

Getting Involved


No one wants to be the tattletale, the bearer of bad news, the messenger that risks being slayed. Yet sometimes life requires us to leave our cool, detached safety zones (easily inhabited these days by hiding behind computer and cell phone screens) and get involved. As tuned-in parents, our kishkes know when a child is flailing,… Read More »