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  • Fit OUT not in

    By Tera Greene

    March 2, 2014 | 6:23 am

    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...

  • Happy Birthday Dad

    By Ilana Angel

    November 22, 2013 | 8:28 am

    Today would have been my father’s 75th birthday. I miss him so much there is a physical ache in my heart. He was my biggest cheerleader, the shoulder I cried on, my inspiration to do well, and my in case of emergency person. No matter what obstacle I faced, he knew exactly what to...

  • One Mother, One Child, One Fear, One Day

    By Ilana Angel

    October 23, 2012 | 3:54 pm

    I sometimes feel very alone in terms of my life as a mother.  I don’t always relate to other moms.  I often think people just don’t get how hard it is to be a single mom, or even how much joy I get from being the mother to only one child.  I am raising him alone and it is hard.  It...

  • One Israeli Creation for the Weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    August 24, 2012 | 4:31 pm

    After dancing in my cousin’s Bat-Mitzvah until my feet began to sore, I decided that oriental and Middle Eastern music must be given its well-deserved respect.  It’s not really my cup of tea, but oriental music has the ability to make everybody get up and dance without caring. It is...

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  • What is a Family?

    By Ilana Angel

    July 9, 2012 | 9:50 pm

    I have primary physical custody of my son during the school year and he goes to his dad’s every other weekend.  During the summer however, we split his vacation two weeks on, two weeks off.  It is nice for my son because he can settle in without major disruption.  That said, it is...

  • What would Kermit say…

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    March 14, 2012 | 3:20 pm

    Len Levitt, a Jewish puppeteer who has personally met Miss Piggy, made Aliya two months ago, and settled in my hometown, Ra’anana.

    In the past 35 years, Levitt wrote scripts and plays, taught puppet workshops, activated some of the most famous puppets in the States, and touched the...

  • Joys of growing up in Communist Soviet Union, and other tales of my Family.

    By Julia Bendis

    February 16, 2011 | 9:39 am

    -While my husband, growing up in Ohio got to go on potato chip factory field trips, my brother and I got to go on Concentration Camp field trips.  Look up Salaspils in Latvia.

    -When most kids got to play with Barbies, toy trucks and teddy bears, I got to play with syringes, which my...

  • One more time with nachas —gift that keeps on giving

    September 11, 2008 | 4:17 am

    Our boys have surprised us by some of the choices they have made, and while we might not have made the same choices for them, we are proud of their growing commitment to living wholly, and holy, Jewish lives.

    Anyone who has planned a bar mitzvah can easily recall the stress of...

  • Can happiness be taught?

    By Amy Klein

    September 13, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Are you happy?

    No, seriously.

    Are. You. Happy?

    You can't answer that question, can you? You know what the first two words mean, but you're not exactly sure what that third word is, even though you use it all the time. "This makes me happy"; "She seems happy"; "Happy Birthday";...

  • Happiness—maybe it’s not ‘out there’

    By Alisa Ruby

    June 14, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    It all started with the phone call from my Jewish mother in the Philadelphia suburbs about five years ago: "My friend's son is moving to L.A. I think he has an on-again-off-again girlfriend. But, he's cute and nice. Anyway, he's going to call you for coffee." Innocent enough, or so I...
  • The Heart of Jewish Joy

    By Rabbi Ed Feinstein

    March 1, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    A modest proposal: As a reward to the Jewish people for having survived the 20th century, let's make Purim our High Holiday.

    Not that there's anything really wrong with our current High Holidays. Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are compelling days of personal introspection, reflection...

  • Time warp again? Take a step toward tradition

    By Judy Gruen

    January 11, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    When I think back to my bat mitzvah 30-plus years ago, here's what I remember most: following the photographer's prompts as I posed against the tree in the synagogue courtyard, standing nervously on the bimah chanting my Torah portion, and giving a speech in which I excoriated...
  • Water and pumpkins mark eco-friendly Sukkot

    By Jane Ulman

    October 5, 2006 | 8:00 pm


    During Sukkot, families of Kesher Israel, a Modern Orthodox congregation in Washington, D.C., will gather together for a special celebration. Socializing in the synagogue's sukkah, they will be treated to a tantalizing array of chocolate cakes and candies, accompanied by delicious...
  • Perfectly Imperfect

    By Rabbi Ed Feinstein

    May 4, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Jewish kids all get A's. It's a fact. They're all well above average. Jewish kids always star in the show, play first violin in the orchestra, win the debate championship. This week the last of the college acceptance letters went out. They all got into Stanford, Berkeley and Brown....

  • Summertime and the Livin’ Is Costly

    By David Finnigan

    May 27, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Day schools are fine for school days. Synagogue is great for Shabbat and High Holidays. But for those weeks when children are in cabins, singing and laughing with friends, Jewish camp is a singular experience of 24/7, full-tilt boogie Judaism.

    "Although I attended religious school,...

  • The Big Question

    By Rabbi N. Daniel Korobkin

    July 31, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    We're now in the midst of a period called Bein HaMetzarim, a three-week period of national mourning for tragedies throughout Jewish history.

    The most powerful of these tragedies was the destruction of the two temples in Jerusalem; these three weeks culminate with Tisha B'Av, the day...

  • For These Things, I Do Weep

    By Amy Klein

    July 4, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    This coming week begins "the nine days," the period of intense mourning leading up to Tisha B'av, the fast of Av, which takes place on the following Thursday, July 18.

    It is said that throughout history, during the nine days (and the current "three weeks" between the fast of the...

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