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  • Uncomfortable seder table talk

    2 weeks ago

    We had just closed our haggadahs to begin the dinner portion of the Passover seder when the conversation abruptly, yet not surprisingly, turned to my singlehood.

    There is a curiosity to some about a single, childless woman in her early 40s, and a guest at the table, a married...

  • Confessions of an ex-hoarder

    By Marty Kaplan

    December 30, 2013 | 11:19 am

    I’ve run out of excuses for hanging on to stuff.

    No, I haven’t achieved Zen non-attachment to material things, but I’m no longer on the road to “Hoarding: Buried Alive.”

    It was easiest to get rid of the piles of unread magazines.  Those now get the heave-ho every few months....

  • Thoughts on Thanksgivukkah

    Rabbi Elaine Rose Glickman

    November 22, 2013 | 7:27 am

    Thanksgivukkah is almost here!

    Yes, it's the only convergence of Thanksgiving and Hanukkah for 70,000 years - and I've been clicking on the links, considering new recipes, stuffing cornucopias with chocolate gelt, and even buying Pilgrim hats for the kids to wear while they spin...

  • My family’s terror at the N.J. Garden State Mall

    By Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

    November 5, 2013 | 9:40 am

    I have just finished buying electronics at Best Buy at the Garden State Mall in New Jersey. I have our three young children with me, ages 12, 7 and 5. It is about 9:10 p.m. I have brought the kids with me because, due to the statewide elections the following day, they have no...

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  • Shabbat Shalom!

    Rabbi Elaine Rose Glickman

    November 1, 2013 | 5:46 am

    I was cleaning out my hard drive earlier this week (yay, me) and found a treasure trove - a stash of photos and videos from when my kids were small. A little head peeping out from a bubble bath, a teeny figure bundled into snow pants, a baby sleeping under the afghan my grandmother...

  • Mother, Daughter, Sister, Friend

    By Ilana Angel

    October 28, 2013 | 8:05 am

    I love my older sister very much and felt the need to write about her today. I mention her often here, but do not think I have ever dedicated an entire blog to her.  It is time.  This weekend my sister was gracious and kind in a way that I would like to think I would also be.  She...

  • Writing your perfect wedding speech

    October 22, 2013 | 11:13 am

    You’re getting married! He finally popped the question: “Will you sign the prenup here and here?”  

    Oh, and he asked The Big One, too. Since you said yes, Vera Wang has been gowning, Jimmy Choo, shoeing. Mothers have been kvelling. Daddies have been liquidating portfolios — and...

  • Shabbat Shalom!

    Rabbi Elaine Rose Glickman

    October 18, 2013 | 11:28 am

    Shabbat Shalom!


    Every Friday, I'll be offering a story, recipe, suggestion, or idea to inspire you and your family to make the coming Shabbat extra special - and for this first "Shabbat Shalom!" post, I thought I would offer a snapshot of what Shabbat looks like in my home.

    ...

  • Gilad Shalit- two years later

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    October 15, 2013 | 12:13 pm

    Two years ago, the people of Israel finally sighed. Gilad Shalit has returned home.

    It took more than five years and a great fuss for the Israeli Government and Shalit's captors (the terror organization: Hamas) to sign on this controversial deal. Some would say we gave up on too...

  • Family problems? Turn to Genesis

    By Dennis Prager

    September 24, 2013 | 10:59 am

    If you have family problems, there is a book that can provide a good deal of consolation. That book, you might be surprised to learn, is the Book of Genesis, the first book of the Torah.

    Genesis makes it abundantly clear that you are not alone, that what we now call dysfunctional...

  • Rosh Hashannah dinner challenge

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    September 4, 2013 | 11:42 am

    Rosh Hashana, my favorite holiday! It is a time of relaxation, listening to classic holiday songs on the radio, enjoying beautiful weather and spending quality family time. The only question is, what family? This complicated political question has been in peoples’ minds for...

  • Sharing the love, handling the holidays

    September 3, 2013 | 10:27 am

    Every day in my office, I see parents, embittered by divorce and so grateful to finally be physically and legally apart from a partner they once loved and now hate, struggling to co-parent and jointly make decisions about their children.

    Every day, adults who once loved each...

  • The war against intermarriage has been lost. Now what?

    August 6, 2013 | 11:59 am

    When the nation’s largest Jewish federation convened its first-ever conference recently on engaging interfaith families, perhaps the most notable thing about it was the utter lack of controversy that greeted the event.

    There was a time when the stereotypical Jewish approach to...

  • Grandchild

    August 1, 2013 | 10:09 am

    Elohai, neshama….

    I take her to the park, I swing her in the little swing
    Help her on the slide, lotion her face and arms against the sun
    She runs around in her little bluejeans

    The sun is getting higher, as it does every morning
    The game now is for me to chase her
    The...

  • Summer Snippets Part 1

    By Elliot Steingart

    July 24, 2013 | 9:38 am

    The summer of 2013 is a collection of meaningful memories, memories of traveling to Pittsburgh, and the Black Hills of South Dakota for friends' weddings, and such.

    Pittsburgh is home, and will remain home until no one volunteers to scoop me from the airport. Zach pulls up in his...

  • Stare a Little Harder

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    July 12, 2013 | 12:06 am

    We can’t help but notice when someone looks different -- if they are very tall, or very short, or missing a limb for example. It is probably very primal, built into human nature as a protective strategy to separate out friend from foe. But if you are the object of that stare, it is...

  • Surrounded by Kids

    By Elliot Steingart

    June 25, 2013 | 9:36 am

    I was surrounded by kids for an entire day. In a span of eight hours, I was kicked in the groin and nearly run over by a Fisher Price bicycle. All proof that the first day of summer is the longest day of the year.

    These kids were more combative than a street gang out of...

  • Dear Dr.L

    By Dr. Limor Blockman

    June 20, 2013 | 12:41 pm

    Dear Dr.L- your real questions answered thoroughly by your devoted Sex & Relationship Counselor Dr.Limor.
    All questioners should be addressed to


    Doctorlimor@gmail.com


    Dear Dr.L

    My buddies and I were debating the important question of female orgasm, as we were watching...

  • Enlightening Television

    By Beit T'shuvah

    June 11, 2013 | 1:07 pm

    By Matt Shapiro

    I watch a good amount of TV, probably more than I should. Still, it's rare for an episode of a show I watch to linger in my mind and heart, but that happened last night and continued into today. My wife and I have been working our way through Enlightened, the...

  • Dear Dr. L

    By Dr. Limor Blockman

    May 16, 2013 | 1:02 pm

    Dear Dr.L- your real questions answered thoroughly by your devoted Sex & Relationship Counselor Dr.Limor.

    All questioners should be addressed to

    Doctorlimor@gmail.com

     

    Dear Dr.Limor,

    I'm contacting you in regards to a matter I have been struggling with, ever since my...

  • Cleveland kidnappings: We must be our brother’s keeper

    May 14, 2013 | 4:38 pm

    It is not our place to judge the neighbors of Ariel Castro. We don’t know enough about the particular circumstances of those who lived near this man who allegedly held three women hostage for a decade to be able to judge whether things could have been different had they been paying...

  • Happy Mother’s Day by Guest Blogger, My Son

    By Ilana Angel

    May 11, 2013 | 12:44 pm

    In honor of Mother’s Day, I am submitting my mother's blog and would like to give 17 reasons as to why my Mother is the best, on account of the fact that is how many Mother’s Days she has had.

    1. She is extremely uplifting. She tells me how proud she is of me, and how incredible...

  • A mitzvah called shmooze

    By David Suissa

    May 8, 2013 | 12:18 pm

    In a crummy economy, people are always looking for good investments — a promising stock, a real estate opportunity, a star mutual fund. It’s really not that different in the “mitzvah economy”— donors and do-gooders are also looking to squeeze the maximum amount of goodness out of...

  • Dear Dr. L

    By Dr. Limor Blockman

    April 30, 2013 | 5:28 pm

    Dear Dr.L- your real questions answered thoroughly by your devoted Sex & Relationship Counselor Dr.Limor.
    All questioners should be addressed to Doctorlimor@gmail.com

     

     

     

    Dear Dr.Limor,

    I would like to share a matter that bothers me tremendously lately. Recently I have...

  • Leveling the Playing Field

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    April 16, 2013 | 10:39 pm

    Long before I was married and had kids, I always imagined I’d be spending some quality time watching my children participate in some type of group sporting activity. Not that I had ever played organized sports as a kid-- there weren’t a lot of options for girls growing up then and...

  • The Blame Game

    By Beit T'shuvah

    April 9, 2013 | 12:18 pm

    By M. Alexander

    I see it time and time again—the same unhealthy family dynamic. 

    Parents blame their kids.  Kids point the finger right back at their parents.  Nobody takes responsibility for their own part in disagreements. 

    The change that could break down this dynamic...

  • Yom HaShoah: An eternal nation, bound together by our faith

    April 8, 2013 | 10:32 am

    A few months after my bar mitzvah, my father disappeared.

    We didn’t know what had happened to him.

    In our apartment in Budapest, there was a couch under the window and I would stand on it day after day looking into the street, watching, waiting for my father to appear.

    In a...

  • Happy Birthday to Me

    By Ilana Angel

    April 7, 2013 | 7:28 am

    Today is my birthday.  I am 47 years old.  That is almost 50.  At 46 I felt like I was still teetering towards the low end of the 40's but I am now officially well into my 40's and actually closer to 50.  I don't care about birthdays that much, and truly have no fear about getting...

  • Labor of Love

    By Dr. Limor Blockman

    April 6, 2013 | 8:56 pm

    Dr.Limor’s Cradle of Love
    
"Desire fulfilled is a tree of life” (Proverbs13; 12)

    We are well aware that the road to professional content or financial independence is paved with many challenges and sacrifices. Most of us are absolutely willing to go the extra mile, to achieve our...

  • Men in Uniform & Messages From God

    By Ilana Angel

    April 4, 2013 | 9:29 am

    Last night I went to the airport to meet a friend.  I got there a little early so I stopped to get some gas.  As I was pumping my gas a car pulled up on the other side of the pump.  A man dressed in his pilot uniform got out and I was frozen for a minute.  He was beautiful.  Not...

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