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Single In Shushan City (A Purim Spiel)

15 Adar 5766 – March 15, 2006
"Another day another dinar," sighed Esther as she prepared her daily infusion of Turkish coffee before leaving for her job as an assistant editor at her Uncle Mordy's business, Megillah Publishing.

Am Yisrael Chai

1 Adar 5766 – March 1, 2006
February/Adar is birthday month in the Kupfer family, with four out of five members born during this period.

The ‘New Jews’ Of Europe

25 Shevat 5766 – February 22, 2006
"Something is rotten in the state of Denmark." Marcellus, the character in Hamlet who uttered those words, couldn't have been more right.

Smart Wrinkles

17 Shevat 5766 – February 15, 2006
This column is being written on my secular birthday, February 14 (my real birthday is 11 Adar), a birthday - not surprisingly - that I share with my twin brother.

Self-Image And Barking Dogs (Part II)

18 Tevet 5766 – January 18, 2006
In my previous column I wrote about the importance of assigning minimal value to the utterances of those who make nasty, ego-wounding comments.

Self-Image And Barking Dogs (Part I)

4 Tevet 5766 – January 4, 2006
Chanukah is over and we are now dealing with the repercussions of wantonly indulging in crispy, crunchy, melt in your mouth potato latkes and overdosing on sugary, chocolaty, jelly-oozing donuts.

Chanukah Gifts For Your Little Son’s Rebbe

20 Kislev 5766 – December 21, 2005
Gift giving is a real challenge for many parents during Chanukah.

Getting Out Of The Driver’s Seat In Someone Else’s Car

9 Iyyar 5765 – May 18, 2005
I was at a recent fundraiser on behalf of Israel's Beit Halochem institutions. In Hebrew, beit halochem means the house of the warrior and that is what these centers are - a home away from home for disabled Israeli soldiers and wounded victims of Islamic terror and violence.

Bearing The Unbearable

25 Nisan 5765 – May 4, 2005
Pesach seemed heavier this year. I'm not talking in terms of the tremendous amount of food that was consumed or the seemingly endless lifting, bending, scrubbing, scouring and cooking that is part and parcel of pre and post Passover preparations as well as during the chag.

Modeh Ani – A Thank You

11 Nisan 5765 – April 20, 2005
Over the years I always wondered why Hashem - the Master and Creator of the Universe - was so machmir - so adamant in having us mortals sing his praises and thank him all the time.

Where There’s Life, There Is Hope

26 Adar II 5765 – April 6, 2005
You would have to be hiding under a rock to be unaware of the sad and drawn-out death of a severely brain damaged woman called Terri Schiavo, whose husband and legal guardian made the decision to have her life-sustaining feeding tube removed.

A Prayer For Freedom

12 Adar II 5765 – March 23, 2005
In very recent issues of the Jewish Press there have been a number of disturbing articles detailing the dire plight of various types of people who have lost their physical or social freedom.

Thinking Before You Leap

28 Adar I 5765 – March 9, 2005
I recently heard that an acquaintance of mind got divorced for the 2nd time. The marriage had lasted a very short time, but I was not surprised.

The Smart Schlimazels And Cunning Shlemiels

14 Adar I 5765 – February 23, 2005
We all know them - the sad sacks who seemingly were born under a bad constellation.

Critical Comments And Your Children’s Futures

30 Shevat 5765 – February 9, 2005
As my friend Eve (not her real name) and I started filling our plates at a recent buffet dinner, she commented that lucky for her, her mother wasn't with us.

A Gazayra In Gaza

16 Shevat 5765 – January 26, 2005
The Hebrew word gazayra means evil decree. Sometimes, a government decree is just that - an indisputably evil order, as when Pharaoh of Biblical times commanded the murder of all Hebrew male newborns.

Helping Yourself First – Is That Politically Correct?

2 Shevat 5765 – January 12, 2005
While randomly perusing some Jewish community newspapers this past week, I was struck by the press releases of several Jewish organizations crowing with excited pride about the significant monetary donations they made for victims of the Tsunami.

Who’s Watching The Kids?

17 Tevet 5765 – December 29, 2004
A good friend of mine, "Sarah," recently shared her concern over her two year old grandson's health.

Smart Cars – Stupid Drivers

3 Tevet 5765 – December 15, 2004
From time to time, I am asked where I get ideas for my articles. The answer is simple. Just from getting up in the morning and experiencing life.

Stupidity

18 Kislev 5765 – December 1, 2004
While recently riding on a private local bus, I couldn't help but overhear two elderly, balbatish ladies talking.

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