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  • 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...

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  • 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...

  • Dad Behavior

    By Elliot Steingart

    March 25, 2013 | 1:39 pm

    With each passing day my hair gets grayer and my jokes, cornier. I accept this transformation as an inevitable fact of life. I'm slowly turning into my father. Spending time with my dad is a study in who I will become.

    I waited for my dad to come out of the bathroom at a local...

  • To Reckon Regret Live In The Present

    By Chava Tombosky

    March 10, 2013 | 11:38 pm

    Regret is a difficult thing to get over. It can eat at one's psychey like a cancer and force a person to relive painful memories over and over. I've gotten caught up in regret before. The problem with regret is it forces a person to stand still, feet wedged in the past, with eyes...

  • Determinism & Freedom: Is One Punished for the Mistakes of One’s Parents

    By Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz

    March 3, 2013 | 8:50 am

    Scholars have noted for centuries an apparent biblical contradiction about whether children are punished for the wrongdoing of their parents. On the one hand, Deuteronomy 24:16 says, “Fathers shall not be put to death for their children, nor children put to death for their fathers;...

  • Tiger Mom, Dictator Mom, Jewish Mom

    By Ilana Angel

    March 1, 2013 | 7:21 am

    I am not a “Tiger Mom”.  In fact, in reading the list of things tiger specialist and author Amy Chua says make her one, there is nothing tiger mom-ish about me. I am proudly a Jewish mother in many of the ways Jewish mothers are stereotyped with, but I am also a dictator mom.  I...

  • From Kosher to Jew-ish

    By Michael Israel

    February 21, 2013 | 12:19 pm

    Since my wife and I opened our food truck M.O.Eggrolls in 2011, I have had some of the best and worst days of my life. As the chef and owner of my own business I have had the freedom to create my own schedule, design my own menu, and create a food concept that connects with my...

  • Rest in Peace Robert Angel

    By Ilana Angel

    February 13, 2013 | 6:15 am

    It is the anniversary of my father passing away.  It has been many years but I still can’t believe he is gone.  I miss him everyday and feel the loss in ways that hurt deep in my heart.  He was a great father and while our relationship had ups and downs, he was my hero and always...

  • Israel, You Got A Friend in My Kids!

    By Nolan Lebovitz

    February 12, 2013 | 6:59 pm

    For the last year, my wife and I have been trying to paint Israel in a wonderful light for our children.  After all, we are moving there this upcoming summer for roughly a year and we want our kids to be excited.  At the same time, I have tried to temper my daughter’s belief in...
  • In praise of pastrami

    By Gina Nahai

    January 30, 2013 | 1:57 pm

    You know you’re getting old when every meal starts and ends with an admonition about how food will kill you. 

    For a few years now, whenever my friends and I sit down to eat, the conversation veers toward illness, and how to avoid it, and somehow, it all comes down to food. No...

  • World’s Happiness Rate

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    January 10, 2013 | 10:22 am

    After rating the states of the world mostly on a financial basis, the Earth Institute at Columbia University published the first ever World Happiness Report, made at request of the UN. The report contains information on various happiness measurements collected to create a "life...

  • London Report Part 1

    By Ilana Angel

    December 26, 2012 | 5:31 pm

    After three months of talking, writing, and dreaming about it, we are finally in London.  After nine months of dating, with never more than three consecutive nights together, the Englishman and I will be spending the next two weeks together.  After almost seventeen years of my son...

  • Newtown temple opens fund for family of Noah Pozner

    December 17, 2012 | 9:24 am

    Noah Pozner, the youngest victim of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, was remembered at his funeral as a child who liked to explore how things worked mechanically.

    Monday afternoon's funeral for Noah, a Jewish boy who turned 6 in late November, was the first among the 26...

  • Chanukah models of courage

    December 6, 2012 | 12:35 pm

    My 4-year-old son is obsessed with superheroes, dressing up at every opportunity as the superhero du jour to do battle with the bad guys lurking around the corner. (My 2-year-old daughter is just as enthusiastic, but at her age all she can really muster is a “meanie” face.)

    From...

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