Jewish Journal

  • Muzzling the Fake Service Animal Scams

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    October 24, 2014 | 6:19 pm

    Our orange tabby cat, Shuki is deeply loved and pampered by all members of our family, including our teenage son with special needs, but despite that outpouring of affection, we certainly don’t schlep him around town with us, demanding that restaurants, shops and airlines allow him... read on

  • Needs Numbing

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    October 18, 2014 | 6:12 pm

    I’ve been spending a lot of time at the dermatologist’s office, getting narrow UVB light treatments for a harmless but annoying skin condition. On my way to the photo treatment room, I pass by all the examining rooms, and can’t help but notice that each room has little... read on

  • Be Nimble

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    October 8, 2014 | 6:57 pm

    “It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.”
    – Charles Darwin

    Although there are many challenges to parenting a child with special needs, there are some surprising benefits beyond a disabled parking... read on

  • Casting Away Our Sins, California-style

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    September 28, 2014 | 9:19 pm

    We went to Santa Monica beach today to join other Southern Californian Jews who were casting their sins into the vast Pacific Ocean as part of the Tashlich ritual that takes place between Rosh Hashannah and Yom Kippur. The general idea is that the breadcrumbs we cast into the water... read on

  • Giving and Receiving a Stink Eye

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    September 17, 2014 | 11:03 pm

    “ Stink eye: A surfer term meaning a glare or lingering dirty look”
    ---Urban Dictionary.com

    There we were, a few years ago, in the back row of the synagogue and our son with special needs started making some annoying noises, but not too loud. Most of the congregants who came... read on

  • Hearing the Still, Small Voice -  #Elul 9

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    September 4, 2014 | 9:17 pm

    When is a whisper louder than a scream?

    During these weeks leading up to the Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, there are a group of bloggers posting about a different spiritual theme each day during the Hebrew month of Elul, as part of a collective preparation for the days of awe... read on

  • Don’t Dump on #IcebucketChallenge

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    August 26, 2014 | 11:41 pm

    As someone who is a consultant, volunteer, donor and recipient in the world of non-profits, I am thrilled to witness the incredible, and unplanned success of the Ice Bucket Challenge in raising new dollars for the ALS Association (ALSA) in its mission to end ALS, a devastating and... read on

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