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  • A Semi-Automatic Rifle is Not an Assault Weapon — Except When It Essentially Is

    By Jerry Nelson

    June 22, 2016 | 7:35 am

    With the recent mass shooting in Orland, Florida, an age-old debate between the pro-gunners and anti-gunners has shown up again.

    The pro-gunners are quick to point out that rifles, like the AR-15, are not assault weapons while an undereducated public insists on calling the...

  • The Blame Game: Of Gorillas and Children.

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    June 1, 2016 | 8:19 am

    As a social media addict, I confess there have times when at the park I took my eyes off of my children  to take a photo only to be shocked at how far away from me they had walked.  They were not kidnapped.  I got lucky.

    We live in a society that loves to cast blame.  When...

  • A Dying Patient’s Wish for his Granddaughter’s Wedding

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    May 25, 2016 | 4:28 pm

    My 89-year-old patient is ‪‎dying‬ in the hospital of kidney failure, heart failure, lung failure, but not of brain failure.

    He asked for an emergency family meeting and with a room full of people around him.

    He said: "Let go of me, physically, but keep me in your hearts.

    ...
  • Coping through absurdity

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    May 11, 2016 | 12:41 pm

    I have seen what a laugh can do. It can transform almost unbearable tears into something bearable, even hopeful.”

    — Bob Hope

    When I picked up my son’s high school graduation announcement cards from Fairfax High School last week, it reminded me of other graduations, and I found...

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  • Ten Steps For Spiritual Growth

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    March 9, 2016 | 8:21 am

    The aim of life should be to grow, to be better than we were yesterday, to find what makes us special and to use that gift to give back in order to help others grow.  Part of the definition of love is helping another grow.  To grow- we need to move away from negativity and hatred,...

  • Meaningful and Useless

    By Noga Shlapobersky

    February 27, 2016 | 4:39 pm

    “Be yourself”. Ever since I was a little girl, I was always told to be myself. I heard it from my parents, my teachers, my friends, and in the world around me. My friend would come up to me and ask “how do I get this guy to like me?”, and I would automatically respond with “just be...

  • Be True To Your Past.

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    February 24, 2016 | 4:18 pm

    From 1979, the beginning of the Iranian revolution, until 1988, I spent most nights sleeping on the floor, bed-less.  With limited resources, I gave priority to other family members, over myself.

    Friends ask why I tell such stories that can belittle me in public.  I like to write...

  • Lives Lived/Lessons Learned

    By Craig T.

    February 17, 2016 | 12:55 pm

    Lives Lived/Lessons Learned


    Most things in life start off small, and a grow bigger. Babies, love, seedlings.  Grief is different, it starts off immense, often overwhelming; and with time ever so gradually eases, becoming smaller.
     
    It’s been a challenging time for our family....

  • Inside Birthright Israel

    By Dr. Jeri Fink

    February 15, 2016 | 3:21 pm

    It was a great idea that stuck.

    500,000 young adults have traveled a total of 376 million miles . . . for free. They come from 6 continents and represent 66 different countries. All because Charles Bronfman, Michael Steinhardt, and their group of Jewish Philanthropists were...

  • What Matters Most.

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    January 28, 2016 | 7:43 am

    Remember when life was simply beautiful?

    Children didn’t get cancer.  No one filed bankruptcy.  Marriages were mostly… good.  Hospitals were places young women went to deliver babies.

    I yearn for that innocent past- fruits that tasted like grandma's love, friends more loyal...

  • 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,...

  • It’s a Wonderful Wheelchair Life

    By Mindy Leaf

    July 30, 2015 | 11:58 am

    Americans are known for changing jobs, homes, even states of residence and careers with almost careless aplomb. As they get older, studies show they are more than likely to change their religion or political party affiliation. Still, only a major accident, illness or brush with...

  • Why bad things happen to good people

    By Mindy Leaf

    July 26, 2015 | 6:49 am

    "Why do bad things happen to good people?" is a question as old as mankind and human memory. Though widely addressed through the ages by religious and secular scholars alike, the cause of this obviously unfair situation has remained shrouded in mystery. That is, until now — I think...

  • 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...

  • A Short Guide to the Good Life

    By Mindy Leaf

    July 14, 2015 | 5:40 am

    This week, I've been dipping into a new/old book on how to live your life. It's called A Strategy for Daily Living by psychiatrist and author Ari Kiev, and was first published in 1973. (And because I live in a bibliophile's house, it was the original, slightly crumbling edition...

  • Shabbat, Brokenness and Light:  My Reflections at an Interfaith Event

    By Lia Mandelbaum

    July 8, 2015 | 2:19 pm

    Over this past 4th of July weekend, I shared some Shabbat reflections at the Walking Meditation on Interdependence, which was held at the beautiful Echo Park Lake in Los Angeles.  The Interfaith Commons of Southern California, an emerging alliance
 of interreligious organizations...

  • Azerbaijan, Israel, Sporting Excellence and Universal Friendship

    By Milikh Yevdayev

    July 7, 2015 | 1:57 pm

    The first ever European Games were just completed in Azerbaijan and it is such a source of pride for me as a Jew and as an Azerbaijani. For over two weeks in June the world witnessed what a welcoming and tolerant country we are. We opened our arms to the world. As an Azerbaijani...

  • An Elliptical, Recumbent Bike and Chocolate Cake

    By Ilana Angel

    June 19, 2015 | 7:02 am

    I bought a new exercise machine yesterday. She is a beauty and I love her. She is both an elliptical machine and a recumbent exercise bike. She is sleek, pretty, easy to operate, and effective. I was so excited to meet her I celebrated her arrival by baking a chocolate cake. Yes. I...

  • The Miracle of the Oil for Ida

    June 3, 2015 | 3:55 am

    [Editor’s Note: Merle Gross has submitted two entries that appeared in Expired and Inspired previously. This story refers to one of those pieces, and the publication of that piece sets the stage for this one. JB]

    Please note that, despite its “Web” address, Kavod v’Nichum is...

  • Reflections on life and death

    By David Suissa

    May 20, 2015 | 11:35 am

    Is there anything in life more dramatic than death? Can anything, in fact, be more dramatic than absolute finality? We experience many deaths in life — the death of a marriage, a friendship, a business, a dream — but it’s the loss of life itself that holds maximum drama. A life...

  • Remembering Life by Jean Berman

    April 22, 2015 | 1:27 pm

    I have an affinity for the passage we use from the Shir HaShirim/Song of Songs while washing the body of the meit/deceased:

     

    How beautiful you are, my beloved friend:

    your eyes are doves from behind your

    tresses; your hair as a flock of goats that

    trail down from Mount...

  • Cantor Rebekah Mirsky releases album ‘Who is Like You?’

    By Lia Mandelbaum

    March 25, 2015 | 8:11 am

    One of the greatest constants I have experienced is that music acts as an incredible bridge between the body and soul, and so it is of no surprise that music has played a major role in helping me to deepen my connection with Judaism.

    It is such a blessing when you come across a...

  • Contemplating Death vs Life as a Focus

    March 18, 2015 | 4:00 am

    If one walks into the Metropolitan Museum of Art in Manhattan (a five minute stroll from our home) and makes a right turn from the central Atrium, one comes face to face with the exhibit on the religions of Egypt which glorified death, with mortuary artifacts over 4000 years old....

  • 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...

  • Looking back on 2014 - the most beautiful Israeli moments

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    December 30, 2014 | 8:02 am

    In the year of 2014, Israelis have been through a lot. From the war in Gaza through multiple terror attacks and people turning against each other based on political views, through the announcement of going to a second election in four years. Those difficult times drained our...

  • One Israeli creation for the weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    December 19, 2014 | 3:50 pm

    This week, I would like to urge you to watch the best Israeli film of the year – Zero Motivation!


    It is a dark comedy by director Talya Lavie, which exposes the viewer to the everyday life of  young women serving  in an IDF unit at a remote desert base. They serve in a human...

  • Things Dads Want to Tell Their Daughters (Before It’s Too Late)

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    December 9, 2014 | 7:37 am

    Recently, several fathers passed suddenly in my circle.  I thought about lessons they might have wanted to share with their daughters but lacked  the courage.  Here’s a list I made before it’s too late.

    1-  Love yourself, always. Even if you love yourself half as much as I love...

  • In Search of a Better Life.

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    December 8, 2014 | 9:52 am

    He was only twelve years old.  All he had was a bike and a kiss from his parents.  He left his village in Iran to travel to the capital in search of a better life.  He died surrounded by his children and a loving community at 86.

    If you showed up late to his memorial and missed...

  • One Israeli creation for the weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    December 5, 2014 | 1:45 pm


    How many times have you promised yourself that "the diet starts tomorrow," but couldn't keep that promise? Sometimes it seems that no matter how much we want to live and maintain a healthier lifestyle, temptations around us prevent it from happening.

    A new Israeli startup,...

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