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Alexandra Fleksher

Mr. Rogers Reminds Us What We’ve Always Known

August 1, 2018, by

Mr. Rogers has had a revival. Fred Rogers, the creator and host of the children’s television series “Mr. Rogers Neighborhood,” which ran from 1968 to 2001 on public television, is known to be appreciated for his keen understanding of children and his belief in the importance of kindness. This past summer, a documentary titled “Won’t

Our Journey to Judaism Part IV: Where I Was and Where I am

July 10, 2018, by

To read the first three parts of Alexandra’s story, click the links below. A question I am often asked when I share the story of my father’s conversion to Orthodoxy which brought our family to Torah observance is how I navigated the lifestyle change. Was I happy my father decided to convert? How did I

Our Journey to Judaism Part III: A New Family is Born

July 5, 2018, by

My father, a non-Jew fascinated by Judaism, started attending classes at Beth Jacob, the Orthodox shul in Atlanta, Georgia. He liked how observance was part of everyday life with the Orthodox. Classes led to Shabbos morning davening. He soon discovered the parking lot was closed-off, so he would park down the street and walk the

Our Journey to Judaism Part II: From St. James to Santa Fe

June 28, 2018, by

Part One My non-Jewish father and my Jewish mother agreed that I was a Jew, but how would they raise me as one? For parents with strong Jewish identities who understand that Jewish education is the key to Jewish continuity, the question of how to raise a Jewish child is not so difficult. But my

Pesach is Creating Memories I Never Had

March 27, 2018, by

Pesach is one of the few Jewish holidays that baalei teshuva (BTs) and frum from births (FFBs) can both reminisce about. Sure, a BT’s memories may be more about Manischewitz wine, background TV in the other room, and driving home after seder, while a FFB’s memories are more about matzah measuring charts, ziploc bags of