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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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Posted on: July 9th, 2008

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

 

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.

 

Posted on: May 28th, 2008

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My daughter in-law was a guest at a recent brunch/fundraiser for women only, during which the guest speaker spoke about the number one topic that seems to be on everyone's minds - shidduchim.

 

Posted on: May 14th, 2008

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People have been bitterly complaining about the rising price of gas.

 

Posted on: April 30th, 2008

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Most Pesach observers - after a week of overdosing on matzah and potatoes - in a myriad of manifestations look forward to when Passover has, well, passed over.

 

Posted on: April 16th, 2008

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"We were slaves down in Egypt," The young, cheerful mother said, As she knelt on the floor And swept under the bed.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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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