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Destroying the Chametz Within and Truly Preparing for Pesach
 
Brave Israel Police Stand Guard at Empty Yeshiva to Stop Violence

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Gaza Terrorists Firing at Southern Israel, Again

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ADL Warns Missionary Group is Using Holocaust – Again – to Lure Jews

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Russia Accuses West of Starting Ukraine Crisis

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Tunisia Leader Facing Flack Over Jewish Pilgrimage to El Ghriba

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European Jews Ask EU Not to Recognize PA Unity Gov’t

April 24, 2014 - 11:09 AM
 
America Joins Israel in Canceling Talks with PA

April 24, 2014 - 10:10 AM
 
J Street Seeking a Seat at the Conference

April 24, 2014 - 9:33 AM
 
Terrorists Greet Hamas-Fatah Unity with Rocket Attacks on Israel

April 23, 2014 - 11:12 PM
 
Jerusalem Woman Injured in Stone Throwing

April 23, 2014 - 10:50 PM
 
Jeb Bush Considering the White House

April 23, 2014 - 10:36 PM
 
Arabs Going Wild in Jerusalem

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Egypt Receives $700 Million in Oil Aid – Monthly

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Kerry’s Talks Achieve Peace Between Hamas and Fatah

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Ex-Met Council Chief Rapfogel to Plead Guilty in Financial Scam

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Fatah Official’s Family Disowns Him over Censure of Murder of a Jew

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2 Tortured Bodies Found Dumped in Slaviansk, Ukraine

April 23, 2014 - 3:16 PM
 
Suffolk University Defends Honoring Foxman as Commencement Speaker

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Eyewitness Report from Ukraine: ‘You Can Feel the Tension in the Air’

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Common Blood Pressure Drug Prevents Post-TBI Epilepsy

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Parenting Our Children
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Beating Brain Drain

Posted on: June 13th, 2013

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For children, summer means outdoor sports, picnics, and of course, no school! Teachers and students work hard all year long – and everyone deserves a break from education over the summer. However, this two-month break can often have some pretty devastating consequences.

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Great Gratitude: Parenting Thankful Children

Posted on: June 6th, 2013

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Be thankful that you don’t already have everything you desire, If you did, what would there be to look forward to?

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The Notebooks

Posted on: June 6th, 2013

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Journaling, putting your feelings down on paper, is a well known method of coping with difficult or traumatic experiences. In fact there have been studies done that seem to prove that people who "journal" live happier, healthier lives. In his book Writing to Heal, James Pennebaker, Professor and Chair of the Psychology Department at the University of Texas at Austin, explores this concept. He stresses that when we write about trauma, emotional upheavals or difficult issues we are struggling with, the "heart rates slow, blood pressure drops and immune systems strengthen.”

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ADHD On Vacation

Posted on: May 31st, 2013

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While days off from school can be daunting for all parents with young children, for parents of children with ADHD, they can be thoroughly frightening. Children who have ADHD have trouble sitting still, focusing on one thing at one time, and attending to details. While their attention seems unfocused, it is actually multi-focused. Their mind takes in multiple stimuli at once, making it hard to engage in one activity for long periods of time. Therefore, entertaining children with ADHD all day can often feel like an exercise in frustration with children “bouncing off of the walls.”

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It’s A Beautiful World

Posted on: May 31st, 2013

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We found flowers and plants in countless colors; we watched people ard at work tending to their gardens and even saw apple, lemon and orange trees.

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Book Smarts and Street Smarts

Posted on: May 23rd, 2013

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Shel Silverstein’s 1974 poem “Where The Sidewalk Ends” is intended to paint a magical picture of a world of peace and serenity far away from the “black and dark streets.” At the time, perhaps the end of the sidewalk was a place that was “measured and slow.” Today, however, for many parents, where the sidewalk ends can feel like a scary place.

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Decoding Sensory Processing Disorder

Posted on: May 17th, 2013

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There is always a lot of confusion surrounding sensory processing disorder – mainly because there are many different diagnoses that fall under the catch-all phrase sensory processing disorder (SPD). Among them are three specific subcategories:

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Two Different Relationships

Posted on: May 9th, 2013

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In all honesty, I really do feel blessed. Interestingly though only someone in a family situation like mine could possibly comprehend this particular "blessing," and many would not consider it a blessing at all. You see I feel fortunate to have not one, but two wonderful women in my life – both of whom happen to be my mothers-in-law, one from my first marriage and one from my second.

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From Phonics To Fluent

Posted on: May 9th, 2013

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Parents often come to my office worrying about phonics instruction – occasionally because teachers do not completely explain the mechanics and at times because of myths that permeate the world of education.

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The Autism Spectrum

Posted on: May 2nd, 2013

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I am Ethan. You may not understand me, or the way I feel today. You may not understand my reasoning for things I do or say. The reasons why I’m so loud and say things over and over again, Why I run so differently or lose my homework every now and then. I write my […]

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Pray Hard That Your Children Ignore You

Posted on: April 25th, 2013

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I know what you are thinking. What possible situation could cause a professional to advise a parent to “Pray hard that your children ignore you”?

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The Gift of Saying No

Posted on: April 25th, 2013

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In our culture of conspicuous consumption, it is not unusual for children to ask for everything they set their eyes on. And, if we are fortunate enough to have the funds to buy them all that their hearts desire, we tend to think, “I can do it, why not?” There are, however, importance values that our children can learn when we set limits.

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Mental Vacations For The Stressed

Posted on: April 19th, 2013

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With the constant pressures placed on us in our fast paced lives, sometimes we all feel like we need a vacation. Everyone needs a break now and then – to relax their bodies and their minds. Research has shown that too much stress can cause:

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Simplifying The Reading Wars

Posted on: April 11th, 2013

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Several years ago, during the height of the balanced literacy controversy in New York City, I wrote about the different approaches to reading. With some more years of research and hands-on experience, I would like to revisit this integral topic: How do children learn to read?

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Reading Rules!

Posted on: April 5th, 2013

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“Mommy, can you read me the book, again?” Shmuel asked his mother, holding up The Little Engine That Could. “Of course, Shmuel. Let’s do that,” Chevy smiled. She was tired from a long day, but with her four kids huddled around, she was happy to sit and read in the living room. “Chug, chug, chug. Puff, puff, puff. Ding-dong, ding-dong. The little train rumbled over the track,” Chevy began.

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Do You Have ADHD?

Posted on: March 28th, 2013

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Today, more children than ever are diagnosed with ADHD and the disorder is widely researched and accommodated in schools. However, a lot of children do not necessarily understand ADHD – whether they or their friend is the one suffering from the disorder. To that end, I wrote a children’s book about ADHD, My Friend, The Troublemaker, to help children better comprehend what is going on in the classroom with themselves or their classmates.

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Quiet Time: When Is Shyness An Advantage?

Posted on: March 15th, 2013

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Four-year-old Naomi stayed in the block corner every day during playtime, building an intricate tower. She rarely spoke except when spoken to during circle time. In the yard, Naomi enjoyed swinging calmly and watching the other children jump rope or kick the ball.

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Integration: Helping Our Children Use Their Whole Brains

Posted on: March 7th, 2013

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“But, I can’t reach the light!” Yoni yelled after his father asked him to turn on the hallway light. “Yoni, you can reach the switch. You have done it hundreds of times before. You just need to go brush your teeth and in order to get to the bathroom, you need to go through the hallway,” his father, Noam, sighed.

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Executive Function, Anger, Bullying

Posted on: February 28th, 2013

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Q: My daughter’s teachers have been telling me that she has trouble with her executive functions. I know she is not organized and often forgets to finish her homework, but I am not sure exactly what they mean. Can you clarify the term?

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Response To Intervention: Preventing Failure Rather Than Fixing It

Posted on: February 21st, 2013

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“So, Mrs. Cohen, we spoke on the phone about why Baruch is coming in today, but Baruch, why don’t you tell me why you think you are here?” “I’m bad at school,” Baruch said, barely glancing in my direction.“ Do you mean that you don’t get the grades you would like?” “No, I’m just not good at school. My teachers don’t like me, my tests are horrible, and my friends think I’m dumb.”

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