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On Our Own/Cheryl Kupfer
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Posted on: April 22nd, 2009

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Over the years, I have been to many, many theatrical productions, most in Toronto, some in Israel and of course, in New York - on Broadway, off-Broadway, and even off-off Broadway. At times I have been entertained, amused, moved, and educated by what I have seen ( and on the negative side, sometimes bored or disgusted or angered) but I don't think that I have ever been imbued with a much needed sense of hope.

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Posted on: March 18th, 2009

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I know Purim is over, but Megillat Esther is so rich with lessons on how people should live their lives - along with the consequences of not doing so - that I wish to share one of the many wisdoms that I have gleaned from reading it. I believe that the world wouldn't be in the mess it is in - economically, socially and spiritually - if people would only open their eyes to the megillah's masterful insights on how to behave.

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Posted on: March 4th, 2009

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In many countries around the world it is required by law to put warning labels on products, activities or places that can cause injury or death. Thus the labels of many medications and foods or items, such as cigarettes and alcoholic beverages, contain strong warnings on them saying that they are harmful. Likewise beaches that are unsafe to swim in due to a strong current, lack of a lifeguard, or high bacterial count also have signs posted cautioning people not to go swimming. Hospital rooms that contain radioactive products have signs warning about entering.

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Posted on: February 11th, 2009

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I wrote a version of the poem below many years ago, before the term "shidduch crisis" came into vogue.

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Posted on: January 28th, 2009

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In my case, the answer to the above question is, "Yes, too much pressure (in my case blood pressure) led me to indulge in not so smart (actually stupid) "avoidance" behavior.

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Posted on: January 14th, 2009

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For me, the moments before sundown every Friday evening are like a "mini" Yom Kipper.

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Posted on: December 17th, 2008

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I recently became a bubbe again with the birth of a granddaughter, Kayla Elisheva.

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Posted on: December 3rd, 2008

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I recently had the good fortune to be able to attend a musical in New York City that was entirely in Yiddish, a presentation of the National Yiddish Theatre Folks­biene.

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Posted on: November 19th, 2008

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Many of us, especially those who are in mid-life, have weathered certain "storms" in our lives - some easier to cope with and "get over" than others.

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Posted on: November 5th, 2008

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The first half of the following poem is loosely based on a true situation as shared with me by a very close friend whose family "culture" was to "good- naturedly" tease one another or make gentle fun of each other's looks and actions.

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Posted on: October 22nd, 2008

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When my oldest grandchild, Penina Bracha, was born three years ago on Yom Kippur, the fact that there was now a third generation in the family - two after me, didn't really have any major impact on how I viewed myself.

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Posted on: October 8th, 2008

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Every year as we sit in shul during Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur, we make a chesbon nefesh - a reckoning of our actions and reactions.

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Posted on: September 24th, 2008

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It's hard to believe Rosh Hashanah is just days away. It seems like we were just putting away our Pesach dishes and hoping that the looming summer months would not be too unbearably hot and humid.

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Posted on: September 10th, 2008

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According to the Talmud (Ta'anit 30b-31a), on the 15th of Av unmarried girls would dress in plain white clothing, so that those from wealthy families could not be distinguished from the poorer ones.

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Posted on: September 10th, 2008

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According to the Talmud (Ta'anit 30b-31a), on the 15th of Av unmarried girls would dress in plain white clothing, so that those from wealthy families could not be distinguished from the poorer ones.

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Posted on: August 20th, 2008

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For many parents late summer is a bittersweet time. Children are going off to college, or a post- high school year in Israel, or getting married.

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Posted on: August 6th, 2008

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I'm not a doctor, nor a biological scientist, but I do know that people under stress produce a hormone called cortisol, which helps the body deal with a stressful event by increasing energy and immunity and even lowering sensitivity to pain.

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Posted on: July 23rd, 2008

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Jews globally are commemorating the Three Weeks of Mourning period that began with last Sunday's 17th Day of Tammuz fast and culminates with the Fast of Tisha B'Av.

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Posted on: July 9th, 2008

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My last two columns dealt with the biblical injunction that we "watch over our souls."

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Posted on: June 12th, 2008

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Jews the world over just celebrated our receipt of the Torah and our unconditional acceptance of its precepts.

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