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On Our Own/Cheryl Kupfer
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Posted on: April 9th, 2008

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I'm not quite ready yet to shut the door on Purim. Perhaps it's my way of avoiding dealing with Pesach, and the physical and emotional effort that comes with it.

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Posted on: March 19th, 2008

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You might think it odd talking about Yom Kippur just days before Purim. But actually that is exactly why I am thinking so fondly of our holy fast day.

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Posted on: March 19th, 2008

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You might think it odd talking about Yom Kippur just days before Purim. But actually that is exactly why I am thinking so fondly of our holy fast day.

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Posted on: March 5th, 2008

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The poem "The Road Not Taken" by renowned American poet Robert Frost expresses the gnawing curiosity that a traveler knows he will always have about the road that he didn't take.

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Posted on: February 20th, 2008

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One of the subjects I was taught as a young child in the excellent day school I attended in Toronto (at the time called Associated Hebrew Day Schools) was Tefillah.

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Posted on: February 6th, 2008

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Dear Readers: I want to share a letter I received this week giving me hope that there are some level heads out there in the shidduch world, and that not everyone is caught up in the hysteria and/or ga'avah (arrogance) that accompanies a suggestion for a date.

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Posted on: January 16th, 2008

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I hate to say it, but I am coming to the conclusion that that if abocher and a girl actually go on a date - a mazel tov to both sides is warranted.

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Posted on: January 3rd, 2008

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Just days ago, millions of people all over the world welcomed in the secular new year of 2008.

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Posted on: December 19th, 2007

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Chanukah has come and gone, and so have the donuts, the latkes and the celebration of the two amazing miracles that took place at that time.

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Posted on: December 5th, 2007

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Two weeks ago I wrote about a culture of self-indulgence and instant gratification that seems to have permeated Western society.

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Posted on: November 21st, 2007

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Recently, I came across a talk show whose topic of discussion was about managing personal finances.

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Posted on: November 7th, 2007

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I remember a mishap years ago while in first grade and happily swinging on the playground swing during recess.

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Posted on: October 24th, 2007

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I grew up in an era where customers were always right - even if they weren't - because it was good for business to accommodate them, even if they were out of line.

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Posted on: October 10th, 2007

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With three sets of three-day Yom Tov/ Shabbat combinations behind us, and a return to "normalcy" and our daily routines, now would be a good time to examine our lifestyle habits - and improve them.

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Posted on: September 25th, 2007

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It is Sunday, the day after Yom Kippur and everyone you speak to says, "Thank G-d it's over."

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Posted on: September 11th, 2007

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In my previous column I wrote about older singles who were undermining their chance at getting married by letting others make decisions for them on as to whether to date a proposed shidduch or not.

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Posted on: August 29th, 2007

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This past week I was told two shidduch stories that made me sad and mad at the same time - because it is infuriating and tragic when people sabotage themselves or let others do so to them.

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Posted on: August 15th, 2007

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It's the dog days of August, and between the sizzling heat, the numbing humidity, the rain and the never-ending traffic and airport delays, there is a lot to complain about people's actions.

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Posted on: August 1st, 2007

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Every August thousands of children ages 17-19 leave the only home they have known, the community they grew up in, the neighborhood they are familiar with - even the country of their birth, and fly thousands of miles to a new and relatively strange environment where they will remain for a year.

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Posted on: July 18th, 2007

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Most of us have heard the Talmudic assertion that "He who saves a life, saves a world," and conversely, "He who kills a life, kills a world."

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