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  • Poor Orthodox Brides May Suffer from Losing Planned Parenthood Clinics

    By Pini Herman

    5 days ago

    The targeting of Planned Parenthood has quickly shown it's consequences on poor women in the rise of unplanned pregnancies.  

    While Haredi and other Jewish Orthodox groups often reject birth control, there is one area where Orthodox Jewish brides do engage in an  innovative use...

  • United in Manchester

    By Ilana Angel

    December 30, 2015 | 4:57 pm

    While in England last week, I was able to go to Manchester to visit my family for a couple of days. This is family from my Dad’s side, and I really love them. They are all funny, smart, charming, and inherently kind people. I was with my 3 second cousins and their families. They...

  • Frozen, Homeless & Full of Gratitude in the USA

    December 25, 2015 | 9:15 am

    On the surface, it may seem hard to believe I have something to be grateful about. I am homeless, living in my car. I’m freezing at night, and often wake up in the morning with ice covering the windows and condensation leaking through them. I’ve been kicked out of parking lots by...

  • Praying Through the Highs and Lows of Life

    By Ilana Angel

    December 2, 2015 | 8:32 am

    Yesterday was a very interesting day. Professionally it hit a real high, while personally it hit a remarkable low. I pray every single day, but today was the type of day that moves me to pray with real intention. I never question God. Ever. I never ask why things happen as they do,...

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  • Happy Thanksgiving 2015

    By Ilana Angel

    November 25, 2015 | 11:16 pm

    Thanksgiving is a time to say thanks and be grateful for the blessings in our lives. It is a special holiday because we are all being grateful together and at the same time. Since this is my 49th Thanksgiving, I am going to share 49 things I am grateful for. In no particular order,...

  • Did you see “The Lion King?”: A Thanksgiving story

    November 18, 2015 | 3:30 pm

    I give thanks for "The Lion King." This month, the theatrical production celebrates eighteen years on Broadway. I first fell in love with the show when I somehow scored tickets to the press preview the night before it opened in New York City, November 13, 1997. Like everyone else...

  • Giving thanks for a fight-free Thanksgiving

    November 17, 2015 | 1:56 pm

    As my family — and families across the country — begin preparations for the Thanksgiving feast, I started to wonder what kind of family tsuris could rend this day of plenty, pilgrims and, well, pigskin, asunder.

    Even in this season of presidential candidate debates, I knew that...

  • Real Housewives of New Jersey: Teresa Checks In Week 1

    By Ilana Angel

    October 11, 2015 | 7:10 pm

    Typos are generously sponsored by my tears!

    I have been waiting for this show to come on for a long time. I was excited when it was announced and am excited now. I really like this family. I love Teresa Giudice. I have interviewed Teresa and she is lovely. I happen to think Juicy...

  • Sukkot and Fifty Shades of Kosher.

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    September 29, 2015 | 6:41 pm

    We love people who sin like us and judge harshly those who sin differently.  Jews quarrel so much over how to approach God that we end up pushing God out to win an argument.  There are so many shades of Kosher.  On Sukkot, we are told “come together.”

    A friend told me that he...

  • The Pleasures of Staying Home

    By Mindy Leaf

    September 7, 2015 | 7:12 am

    I was never known to be a "homebody." Home was merely the place where I fell asleep, kept my clothes and took my daily shower. Work, focused activity, real conversations and daily living were reserved for "the outside."

    I was known to employ a fierce dedication at the office,...

  • When Your Child Isn’t on the Guest List

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    August 25, 2015 | 5:38 pm

    Jewish schooling is a huge investment.  We spend a large portion of our after tax money to belong to a community that is loving, nurturing and all inclusive.  The school constituents become our family. 

    For years, I heard the complaints of friends with older children attending...

  • The Day Anger Broke Me.

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    August 20, 2015 | 12:13 pm

    It’s been eight years.  I still have nightmares about what I had become. 

    My wife and kids are scared in a room.  Sitting on the floor, they are trembling.  She is hugging them protectively, crying.  They are rolled up in fetal position, sobbing.  All I hear is nothing.  I am...

  • Embracing senior moments with humor, insight

    By Elyse Glickman

    August 19, 2015 | 11:50 am

    Aging — and dying — may be an inevitability, but it need not be a tragedy. Just ask octogenarian Bernard Otis, the author of “How to Prepare for Old Age (Without Taking the Fun Out of Life),” who has learned through personal experience, extensive observation and interviews that...

  • Bye Bye to the Bombastic

    August 6, 2015 | 9:01 am

    There’s a new phenomenon on the rise—it seems that over-talkers are overtaking our society. Auntie recently attended a soiree and two overbearing types kept stomping on the flow of conversation. No one is saying it’s not fun to jump in and add to the chatter—but loudly shutting...

  • How to Improve the Relationship With Your Parents Forever & Bring Generational Healing

    By Marcus J Freed

    August 5, 2015 | 7:56 am

    Last year I learned a secret that transformed the relationship with my parents. I would like to share it with you. But first, a 10 Commandments soundbite: “I.. am a zealous God, who - for the haters - remembers the sins of the fathers up to the third and fourth generations” (Deut...

  • This is Me (or is it?)—The Facebook Paradox

    By Mindy Leaf

    July 21, 2015 | 5:39 am

    My sole Facebook friend (acceptance required, as she is my stepdaughter) has lately been  "pinning" her life on Pinterest. It seems she's discovered yet another way to collect and display her "likes" and interests ... in place of actively engaging in her life. I could be sounding...

  • The Torn Iranian American Jew

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    July 17, 2015 | 8:30 am

    My father served the ‪‎Iranian‬ government for over thirty years.

    With the majority of his friends and colleagues ‪Muslim‬, few ‪‎Persian‬ Jews know of him now.

    He pulled himself out of poverty, away from the misery of losing his own father at a young age. He reached one of the...

  • Only a Cockeyed Cynic

    By Mindy Leaf

    July 10, 2015 | 1:05 pm

    I can point to the moment it happened. The very moment this lifelong optimist became a cynic — albeit (one still hopes) only a "cockeyed" one.

    It happened while listening to BBC news on the radio a few minutes past 8:00 am on November 18. Their headline story focused on our...

  • Jerusalem of the Caucasus: The Legend of the Red Village

    By Milikh Yevdayev

    June 30, 2015 | 9:58 am

    It is just before Shabbat in the Red Village, and sunset will be coming soon. I walk from the New Shul back to my house, and watch as young boys and girls run home to wash up before their meal and call shalom to each other. On Friday of each week, late in the day, I see the sun...

  • From fear to elation: My mother’s love wins

    June 29, 2015 | 5:31 pm

    The phone began ringing early this morning. Friends and family wanted to make sure that I had heard about the Supreme Court ruling legalizing gay marriage in all 50 states. I was elated. I picked up the phone to call my mom and realized that I could not reach her because she was on...

  • Starry Nights

    By Mindy Leaf

    June 26, 2015 | 1:24 pm

    It's not every night one has a transcendent experience while taking out the garbage. But that's exactly how I felt several nights running when I was struck by dazzling lights in the western sky. At first I thought this super bright "star" in front of me — more like three stars put...

  • Bad Cat!

    By Mindy Leaf

    June 19, 2015 | 5:10 am

    The cat pooped on the couch again, and my husband isn't talking to me. That is, he's only deigning to address me if absolutely necessary, ending each sentence with, "Get rid of the cat!" Does he really think endless repetition will change my mind?

    We've been over this subject ad...

  • Finding my place in history: A love letter for Father’s Day

    June 15, 2015 | 1:24 pm

    It is not enough to thank my father privately for the best gift he’s ever given me, because his own humility interferes with my every attempt to express sufficient gratitude. “Dad, I don’t know how to thank you enough for this,” I say. “I tried a new restaurant last night,” he...

  • Tending the roots: Making meaning of the heritage of the Holocaust in my family

    March 25, 2015 | 4:56 pm

    I am the grandchild of Holocaust survivors on my mother’s side. Both her parents survived with one sibling. The rest — brothers, sisters, parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles — did not survive. On my father’s side, though his parents and grandparents immigrated to Israel before...

  • One Year of Labelled Canned Goods - Excerpts from an Oral History

    By Ellie Kahn, Oral Historian

    March 15, 2015 | 12:51 pm

    Robert Howard Goldhamer was known in his family as a fantastic storyteller. His oral history, conducted when he was 83, included many recollections of the love and humor in his family and the sights and sounds of his neighborhood. This is the second excerpt from my interviews with...

  • The Jewish Response to a Cheap Dress

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    February 28, 2015 | 3:57 pm

    Did you see blue-and-black, or were you in the white-and-gold camp?  Was your family as polarized as mine?

    I can't help it.  I am a Jewish doctor.  What seems to be a trivial, yet highly popular discussion on social media about the true colors of this $70 dress, keeps me up at...

  • My Father’s Story and Martin Luther King Jr.

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    January 19, 2015 | 7:46 am

    My father was a mining engineer.  He lost his father at an early age and assumed the role of a father to his younger siblings and the bread winner to his family.  He climbed his way up to the highest level a Jew had ever achieved as an engineer in Iran.  He was trusted by the...

  • An ode to Uzi

    By Diana Emuna

    January 4, 2015 | 2:27 pm

    “Mummy, Uzi died!” began today’s conversation with my teenage daughter.  We were attending my nephew’s bar mitzvah when she called.  A virus kept her at home, and her job was to watch the dogs.  She couldn’t get Uzi to come to eat his breakfast, and he wouldn’t move.  After the...

  • A New Year’s Resolution: Gratitude!

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    December 30, 2014 | 7:05 pm

    “You are as close to 76 as you are to 16!” 

    Bill loves to sting me with his wit, as if looking at my children, walking past a mirror, and the occasional lapse of memory were not enough.  Honestly, 46 is not as terrible as I thought it would be.  I used to laugh at the...

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