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Roots And Fruits

13 Adar II 5774 – March 14, 2014
What made this apple decay and grow mold, This is a message for both young and old.

“It’s Me! Chaim!”

Purim around here is crazy. And I’m not just talking about the amount of questions I get.

Free To Soar

I came to the conclusion a long time ago that I have to do what is right for me – as long as it’s “ halachically kosher” and doesn’t negatively impact on others – and not worry too much about what others think.

Purim Party Settings

6 Adar II 5774 – March 7, 2014
Everyone is always looking for cute yet simple and inexpensive ideas to enhance their table at special occasions. Here are some attractive ways to create that festive look. Whether you use china or plastic, your guests will surely be delighted with your charming setup.

Fruit Frenzy

What do you do with fruit that has turned just a little soft and squishy and that no one in your household wants to eat?

Jewish Agricultural Colonies In America (Part II)

4 Adar II 5774 – March 5, 2014
Last month’s column outlined some efforts during the first half of the nineteenth century to establish Jewish agricultural colonies in America. In only one case was a colony actually established.

Purim Delight

29 Adar I 5774 – February 28, 2014
Having everyone home on a snow day can be a lot of fun – the first few times it happens. Once snow day number six hits, perhaps not so much and the real creativity has to come out.

Today I Met Bruce Meyers

Never sacrifice the people who matter for anything of lesser importance...

Covering Up A Shidduch Stumbling Block?

They say the road to hell is paved with good intentions, and that is precisely what almost always happens in situations where a reference knew someone had serious but hidden emotional issues, but did not reveal the information to the person making inquiries.

More Entries From The Soup Contest

25 Adar I 5774 – February 24, 2014
Nothing says winter like a bowl of hot soup – and so many of you responded to our request for recipes back in December. The following are two more recipes we enjoyed.

How To Get On Top Of, And Stay On Top Of, Pesach Cleaning

22 Adar I 5774 – February 21, 2014
People like to say that dirt isn’t chometz, but as Rabbi Dovid Orlofsky says, if dirt isn’t chometz, how can you tell? Besides, are you really going to take apart the whole closet and then not wipe it down before you put everything back? If you’re not going to clean the mess now, when will you?

On Choosing a Hero

15 Adar I 5774 – February 14, 2014
If your hero is fictional you could be crazy. And if they happen to be real, they are likely human and, unfortunately, inevitably flawed.

An Upside Down World

When a child is trembling with fear, When guns command him to raise his hands in the air You know beyond a shadow of doubt The World Has Gone Upside Down.

Kosher Scoop: Estee Kafra

While there are those who prefer holding a printed recipe in their hands, Estee has found that a cooking website has many advantages. Aside from the obvious cost factor and the ability to fix the rare mistakes, websites have a far greater ability to offer feedback.

Dipping Into The Fountain Of Youth

Time never stood still for anyone – why would I be the exception? In my hubris, I thought that somehow I would live forever – and I suspect we all have secretly felt that way, even though we know it’s a fantasy.

Let Them Eat Bread

8 Adar I 5774 – February 7, 2014
I take all my challah ingredients, throw them in the breadmaker, turn on the machine and walk out of my kitchen. Ninety minutes later, I have a gorgeous batch of challah dough with no work and practically no mess to clean up.

Jewish Agricultural Colonies In America (Part I)

6 Adar I 5774 – February 5, 2014
There were very few Jewish farmers in Europe during the seventeenth, eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Indeed, in many parts of Europe Jews were forbidden to own land. Despite this there were some Jews who always felt they should return to the agrarian way of life their forefathers had pursued in ancient times, and that America was an ideal place to establish Jewish agricultural colonies.

Who Am I?

1 Adar I 5774 – January 31, 2014
Somewhere along the way, my own mantra got lost and fell to the wayside. Now, that certainty has been replaced by doubt. By comparing. By looking over my shoulder at others and seeing that they do more, they have more, they know more, they have more than me.

Looking Backwards, Literally!

One can argue that forgetting something on a regular basis is a sign of advancing age and it’s time to for a neurological evaluation, but based on the number of young people who need to replace a lost smart phone (too bad it’s not smart enough to warn its owner that that they have become separated – or is there an app for that too?), I safely can say that losing “stuff” cuts across the generations.

Rich And Sweet

24 Shevat 5774 – January 24, 2014
I stood there on the steps, rather stunned. I couldn’t believe he was serious; surely this was just a chocolate-obtaining-method of flattery. But I sure wasn’t taking a chance.

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