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Or Not to Be

22 Tishri 5774 – September 25, 2013
Before I invite you to peer over my shoulders as I look into the mirror, a basic tutorial in the terms JMW, rigidly enmeshed and angst is in order.

Thoughts On Tisha B’Av

15 Tishri 5774 – September 18, 2013
17 July I hope you all had an enjoyable and meaningful fast and now sit satisfied and full as you think back to your inspiration. I wanted to share one thing I gained this year.

How To Turn A Mountain Into A Mole Hole

10 Tishri 5774 – September 13, 2013
She wasn't talking about folding the regular loads of laundry, she was talking about huge plastic bins.

Not Too Fast

This month, we’re going to dive right into the questions, because it seems like everyone who sent one in is in a rush.

A Doctor’s Devotion

He goes far beyond the scope of his duties as a medical expert and gives his patients much more than one could ever expect. For you see, he gives his heart.

Out Of The FOG

Our community has a very different mindset - we live to have children. Each child is considered a bracha - a priceless commodity to cherish and nurture.

Consumer Pet Peeves

29 Elul 5773 – September 4, 2013
Given that this is a consumer column, you can rest assured that I spend countless hours coming up with creative and innovative money saving ideas, but for a change, I am going to try something different and share some of my pet peeves, those moments when you can't believe how much you are paying and how little you are getting in return, when you find yourself shaking your head in disbelief and wondering aloud, "Are they serious?"

Reverend Henry Pereira Mendes – Safeguarding Orthodox Judaism (Part III)

29 Elul 5773 – September 3, 2013
As this is our third column on the Reverend Dr. Henry Pereira Mendes, we’ll begin with a summary of his life.

Leather – Nail Head Sukkos Wall Hangings

25 Elul 5773 – August 30, 2013
I’m excited to introduce my new Sukkos decoration concept. I couldn’t help but notice the variety of interesting leathers and vinyls available on the market. Sorting through the many different colors and textures, it dawned on me that I could easily create Sukkos décor using one of my favorite combinations, leather and nail heads.

Walking Up 45 Flights On Shabbat: Being a Jew in Hong Kong

I was entering 3 months in which my connection to my Judaism would be up to me, and I feared I would lose everything.

How To Get Ready For School!

To some people, the sounds of rustling backpacks and starched uniforms brings feelings of sweet relief; it’s the sound of children going back to school and the household returning to a normal schedule.

Kosher Yoga

In a pinewood paneled roof studio in Ramat Beit Shemesh, Israel, Avraham and Rachel Kolberg, Breslover chassidim, teach yoga classes to groups of men and women. Purple and blue exercise mats are neatly folded on wooden shelves. Purple foam blocks, weights of up to twenty kilos and ropes as thick as a man’s wrist are all stacked neatly along the sides of the studio. Plenty of light floods the room from large windows that face the Judean Hills. The sense of peace in this studio comes from more than just the pleasant surroundings.

Baby Free Zone?

I read an article recently that described the fascinating phenomenon of mainstream, well-educated, responsible men and women deciding not to have children. According to the article, these people have given the matter a great deal of thought and have come to the conclusion that parenting is not for them.

Building On Sand

18 Elul 5773 – August 23, 2013
Sometimes, you see it coming and sometimes you don’t. You move into a community thinking, “We’ll stay here for a while,” and then things change, and your position in chinuch is not as certain as you had believed.

Letter From A Soldier

Students in the Lubavitch Senior School in London were asked to recreate a historical event. Miriam Ives, age 15, wrote a letter to a newspaper in the guise of a soldier during the Crimean War.

World’s Biggest Rebbetzin… Overnight

11 Elul 5773 – August 16, 2013
I always knew I wanted to be perfect, but it wasn’t until my seminary year that I decided I wanted to be publicly perfect. It was at that point in my life that the imagery of me as a public figure and a rebbetzin was born.

Just Imagine…

Just imagine you are walking through a beautiful garden. Feast your eyes on the colors of the flowers, the grass at your feet, the leaves of the trees in shades from green to silver. Listen to the birds. Let the sunshine caress your face. Smell the perfume.

A Big Drop Of Prevention

Now and then you read or hear of a tragedy – typically a car accident - where those involved are suffering from life-threatening injuries or unfortunately have lost their lives. Frequently, in the initial reports, the victims remain nameless “pending notification of next of kin.”

Vacationing Tip: Get Lost

3 Elul 5773 – August 9, 2013
If you’re looking to get away from the irritations of technology and people in your way, the best place to go is Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.

Mrs. Mike’s Lasting Lesson

Our daughter would tell us glowing stories about how Mrs. Mike made the pesukim come alive, tricks she taught them to memorize and recall the mitzvot, how each mitzvah perfectly fit women…

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