This has been the year of getting happy. There's the "Happy" song (playing nonstop), The Happiness Project bestseller (promoted nonstop), and an ever-expanding army of "happy self-talk" proselytizers—both licensed therapists and self-deputized Pollyannas who've dedicated their...
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I am about to start my fourth week as a student at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.
As I learn new ways to fit OUT and go against the "norm" of being sad and sick, I am finding myself becoming more whole through my education - and I am EXCITED!
To celebrate, I am...
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Israel is among the happiest countries in the world, according to an examination of international data by a finance website.
According to the site Daily Finance, an analysis of data compiled by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development ranks Israel as the sixth...
September 7, 2006 | 8:00 pm
The wedding invitation convinced me that modern moms and dads have officially lost their gumballs regarding children's birthday parties. "Master Jacob Estroff" read the ivory parchment envelope; it took a moment to register that the addressee was in fact Jakey, my 5-year-old. The...
July 28, 2005 | 8:00 pm
The orange ribbon was tied neatly around my rearview mirror.
Through the mirror I saw the face of an acquaintance in the backseat. I was giving her a ride from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
When she noticed the color of my political views above the dashboard, she offered her own: "We...
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If You Wanna Be Happy
During these holidays, Jews are commanded to be joyful.
The Hebrew word for happy is sameach.
The Hebrew word for festival or holiday is chag.
Find and circle those words in the phrase below, which means: "And you shall be happy on your festival"
June 2, 1998 | 8:00 pm
Your rabbi is a banana. Your cantor thinks she'sJohn Lennon. And the entire congregation is singing Beatlestunes.
A nightmare? A parallel universe?
No, it's just Purim at Sha'arei Am: The SantaMonica Synagogue, and Rabbi Jeff Marx's megillah reading is just oneof many bizarre scenes...