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A Settler’s Farewell to President Obama
 
Sgt. Azaria’s Sentencing Begins Tuesday

January 24, 2017 - 10:12 AM
 
She Who Digs a Pit Will Fall in It: Tzipi Livni Can’t Visit Brussels for Fear of Prosecution

January 24, 2017 - 9:31 AM
 
Obama Transfers $221M to Palestinian Authority in Final Hours

January 24, 2017 - 1:13 AM
 
No Decision Made on Location of US Embassy in Israel, Says White House

January 24, 2017 - 12:55 AM
 
3,300-Year Detour Ends in Aliyah for 65th Wedding Anniversary in Israel

January 23, 2017 - 11:26 PM
 
Bioinvasion Jeopardizing Mediterranean Marine Communities, Say TAU Researchers

January 23, 2017 - 10:32 PM
 
Amona Residents Meet to Discuss Court Freeze of Relocation Deal

January 23, 2017 - 9:45 PM
 
High Court Orders Release of Terrorist Suspect’s Body to Umm al-Hiran Family

January 23, 2017 - 9:19 PM
 
IDF Soldier Lightly Wounded from Tire Bomb

January 23, 2017 - 9:08 PM
 
NGO Monitor Reports: European Union Funding Dozens of BDS Groups

January 23, 2017 - 8:31 PM
 
PM Netanyahu Emphasizes Importance of African Relations with Togolese FM Robert Dussey [video]

January 23, 2017 - 7:16 PM
 
Yad Vashem Online Presents Touching ‘Last Letters From the Holocaust’

January 23, 2017 - 2:08 PM
 
Knesset Committee Dispersed after IDF Refuses to Turn Over Alcoholism Data

January 23, 2017 - 1:30 PM
 
Former GSS Counter-Terrorism Chief: Expect Even Bloodier 2017

January 23, 2017 - 12:47 PM
 
Arab Motorists Slow Down Fast Highway Protesting Demolitions of Illegal Construction

January 23, 2017 - 11:49 AM
 
PLO Official: Trump’s Embassy Move Will Mean War

January 23, 2017 - 10:24 AM
 
Netanyahu to Belzer Rebbe: Pray that New President Be Better than Predecessor

January 23, 2017 - 9:22 AM
 
Trump Invites Netanyahu For White House Meeting in February

January 22, 2017 - 11:59 PM
 
Terror Attack Averted Near Beitar

January 22, 2017 - 10:54 PM
 
US Embassy Planners Arrive, Scouting Sites in Jerusalem

January 22, 2017 - 10:24 PM
 
Life in Prison Plus 30 Years for Driver of Terrorist Cell That Killed of Malachi Rosenfeld

January 22, 2017 - 9:30 PM
 
IDF Colonel Suspended After Classified Documents, Phone Stolen

January 22, 2017 - 9:04 PM
 
Anti-Semitic Sabbath Attacks on Jews in London

January 22, 2017 - 8:48 PM
 
Ma’ale Adumim Annexation Vote Postponed in Security Cabinet

January 22, 2017 - 8:19 PM
 
Jordan, Palestinian Authority Unite to Fight Relocation of US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem

January 22, 2017 - 6:57 PM
 
Jerusalem’s Local Planning & Building Committee Approves 671 Housing Units

January 22, 2017 - 6:32 PM
 
US Jewish Schools Love Betsy DeVos for the Vouchers

January 22, 2017 - 5:22 PM
 
PM Netanyahu: I’ll Call Trump Tonight

January 22, 2017 - 1:56 PM
 
Leftwing Pundit’s Equating Trump with Nazis Fails Truth Test

January 22, 2017 - 1:46 PM
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Parenting Our Children
 

Posted on: June 24th, 2009

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There are theories to help explain how change occurs. The Stages of Change Model (SCM), which was introduced in the late 1970s by researchers James Prochaska and Carlo DiClemente*, has been used to help us understand the mind/body stages we go through when we change. The model also provides us with the sense as to the complexity and chaos involved in the process. With this awareness, there is greater potential for us to generate more patience, understanding and compassion - towards others and towards ourselves - as we navigate the struggles within each stage.

 

Posted on: June 10th, 2009

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At different points in their lives, many people will attempt to make behavioral changes. Whether the changes are temporary or lasting will depend greatly upon several factors. For example: Does the person want to change? Does the individual have the resources and knowledge to successfully make a lasting change? Is there anything preventing the person from changing? Then there is always the expected relapse. What factors will trigger a person's return to a former behavior?

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Posted on: June 10th, 2009

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The abbreviated language of text messaging has entered our everyday lives. While texting is an excellent, quick way to communicate with our friends and family, it is a symptom of a greater issue facing today's students: declining writing skills.

 

Posted on: May 13th, 2009

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Rachel is a bubbly and adorable 8-year-old girl. From a young age, she was afraid of the dark, but after a minimal amount of coaxing, would eventually go to bed. Outside of the home, Rachel loved school, excelled in her classes, and looked forward to going to school each day. Suddenly, one night, all of this changed. Rachel would not go to bed. She claimed she was afraid of the dark. After four hours of her mother sitting beside her bed, Rachel finally fell asleep; however, she awoke an hour later screaming, "Please don't leave me alone. I can't be alone." Rachel's mother, in an effort to calm her down, spent the night on the floor beside the bed. Even so, Rachel woke about every half-hour to check that her mother was still there.

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Posted on: April 29th, 2009

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There is a startling connection between illiteracy and crime. One journalist in The New York Times noted that, "60 percent of the state and federal prison population of 440,000 cannot read above the sixth grade level." In other words, more than half of all criminals would be considered illiterate by modern standards.

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Posted on: April 22nd, 2009

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Rabbi Horowitz, As parents, we often see that our children have talents that are outside the classic Mitzvah realm. This could be in the area of art, gymnastics, musical instruments, etc. Often times, development of these talents require time, money and sometimes exposure that we would generally not encourage. How does one decide when this is a good idea (or at least necessary) and when these activities are a distraction from spiritual pursuits?

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Posted on: April 17th, 2009

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Seven-year-old Naomi* has her teacher stumped. Her reading level is far above second-grade level and her precocious vocabulary often leaves her teacher astounded. She surpasses her peers in almost all language art subjects. Full of zest to learn, she takes an active part in class discussions and is focused and alert in her studies.

 

Posted on: April 7th, 2009

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The pictures had been removed from the wall a while back. Carefully and methodically, they had been placed in the back of her desk drawer, a spot that could be reached only if one were looking for something intentionally. Other pictures were inconspicuously hanging in the corner, situated on a wall blocked by a large, mismatched piece of furniture. There were also loose photographs, neatly stacked in their original envelope, discreetly placed in an unmarked folder located in the back of her filing cabinet.

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Posted on: March 18th, 2009

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With the economy heading south, we are all looking for ways to cut back on our expenses. I guess that's good news for Motel 6, pawnshops and "Dollar Stores," but it's a pretty lousy development for anyone running a nonprofit organization (like me) because practically everyone except bankruptcy attorneys earns less money in times like these. Less money means less charity giving. Gulp!

 

Posted on: March 18th, 2009

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"What do you mean, 'controlling'? This is called parenting! I'm doing what I'm supposed to do. I'm being responsible. I'm parenting my children the same way my parents parented me. If it worked then, there's nothing to question; it'll work now. Besides, look at me; I turned out okay!"

 

Posted on: March 11th, 2009

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There is something to be said about hearing a story with a yiddishe ta'am (taste). However, when the context changes, and the cultural inflection and accent are omitted, the panache wanes. Such was my recent experience after having heard a well-known tale modified to suit the eclectic assemblage of the audience. For you, my dear readership, though, I offer the original version as I heard it many years ago (for a deeper experience, as you read the text imagine how these characters would sound and look).

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Posted on: March 4th, 2009

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Dear Rabbi Horowitz: Our family is recovering from the terrible, unexpected loss of a loved one who passed away far too young. My husband and I have differing views on seeking professional help to help our children cope with the tragedy. (Thankfully, at least on the surface, they all seem to be doing well.) I am strongly in favor of seeking this help, while my husband, who is an amazing father and has been our bedrock throughout this ordeal, thinks that we should leave well enough alone and not subject our children to the agony of pouring their hearts out to a stranger. We are regular readers of your columns and recently re-read your "Open Letter to Teens Who Lost a Parent," where you very clearly encourage them to seek help if they are having difficulty dealing with their grief. But what if they don't seem to be exhibiting any such signs? We would greatly appreciate your thoughts on this matter. Respectfully, Susan

 

Posted on: February 25th, 2009

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I recently saw a sign that read: "There are a million reasons for abuse, but not a single excuse." Sharon* (name has been changed) came into my office last week after being a client for almost a year. Over the past few weeks, she has been working towards disclosing a "secret." Finally, through an established trusting relationship, Sharon was ready to tell me her "secret." She is 16 years old and has had a 19-year-old boyfriend for almost a year. She was finally able to disclose to me how abusive this young man has been to her. Having told me of various forms of abuse, she also stated how angry she is at him, while at the same time she says that she cares for him.

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Posted on: February 18th, 2009

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Of all the various disorders and syndromes that affect children in our community, I wonder if any is as misunderstood or puzzling as "selective mutism." Until very recently, professionals and educators just assumed that children with selective mutism were actually being silent "on purpose." It is only within the last year or two that we have discovered that it's really not under the child's control.

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Posted on: January 28th, 2009

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Dear Rabbi Horowitz: We find ourselves faced with an increasingly challenging experience each year when midwinter break comes around. Some of our children's friends go on expensive vacations with their families, and our kids are asking us to send them on similar trips. Our children are respectful whenever they discuss this with us, but there is a clear sense that they feel "left out" because they don't go to the exotic location like some of their friends.

 

Posted on: January 14th, 2009

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In Part I, a distinction was made between two relationship methodologies, both of which are discussed in Dr. William Glasser's book, Choice Theory: A New Psychology of Personal Freedom. Glasser compares the use of External Control Psychology (i.e., manipulate, punish, criticize, blame, nag, and even reward) to Choice Theory, an empowering model based on an internal system of values, upgrading one's character traits and allowing natural consequences to "police" behaviors.

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Posted on: January 7th, 2009

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It's PTA time again. That means lots of studying for kids, test grading for teachers, and standing in line for parents. It also means lots of opportunities, as the adults in a child's life get together on his or her behalf. There's much more than sore feet on the line at the three-minute conference. PTA can be a catalyst for tremendous growth, if parents and teachers work together.

 

Posted on: January 7th, 2009

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Thinking back to my childhood years, I recall a "dare" expression one child would bark to another: "Make me; bet'ya can't make me!" I didn't think much about the term back then, other than my associating it with bullying. Today, though, I view it on a more profound level, especially in regard to the parent populace.

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Posted on: December 24th, 2008

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Chaim Schwartz* is the recognized genius of the class. He gets 100% on every test, understands the most difficult Gemaras and makes complicated math computations in his head in seconds. But for all his genius he can't seem to make a single friend.

 

Posted on: December 24th, 2008

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I often see my neighbor driving by, puffing on a cigarette, with the car windows closed and all seven stony-faced children and wife inhaling the poisonous air. His young wife has undergone open-heart surgery twice and two children have asthma. When I asked him once how he could endanger their lives, he blithely answered, "I put on the air conditioner, so the smoke doesn't affect them.

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