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Flaming Glory

12 Nisan 5773 – March 22, 2013
I stare, and I stare, trying to connect to those deep, seeing, eyes, to the wisdom and depth within that face. And all I can think, murmurs sliding in a circle through my mind - is, hadras panim... hadras panim... hadras panim...

Busy Work

27 Adar 5773 – March 8, 2013
While Pesach cleaning, I found a whole bunch of questions that were sent in at some point that I somehow haven’t gotten to. So I’m going to address them now, in the hopes that doing so will get me out of Pesach cleaning.

G.I. Bernie

12 Adar 5773 – February 22, 2013
Recently I had the opportunity to spend some times with Bernard (Bernie) Walz and get a glimpse of his war experiences.

February 2013

29 Shevat 5773 – February 8, 2013
I get a lot of questions around Purim, and I don’t always have a chance to answer them all. So let’s get started:

Gefilte Fish Gone Hip at The Gefilteria

8 Shevat 5773 – January 18, 2013
Artisan gefilte fish. For some, the phrase seems like an oxymoron. While salmon, chilean sea bass and tilapia may all be in vogue, gefilte fish, the traditional ground fish mixture that is de rigueur in Ashkenazic Jewish households at Shabbos and Yom Tov meals, is like the Henny Youngman of fish: it gets no respect.

Could You Repeat The Question?

7 Shevat 5773 – January 17, 2013
You know what I noticed since I started writing this column? That people don’t write in to ask questions so much as they write in to complain.

Sister Giovanna

16 Tevet 5773 – December 28, 2012
The blade of the penknife sliced cleanly into my thumb and a thin stream of crimson blood appeared immediately, getting thicker by the second. I dropped the penknife onto my lap and reached for the green hem of my school skirt. I pressed it tightly against my thumb. Only then did I glance up at Sister Giovanna who was standing, as usual, slightly to the right of the black board. I raised my hand and hoped that she would call on me soon.

Chanukah: Then And Now

2 Tevet 5773 – December 14, 2012
On the twenty-fifth day of the month of Kislev, over twenty-one hundred years ago, the Temple in Jerusalem was rededicated after it was wrenched from the hands of the defiling Greeks. Thus ended a war no one planned or even dreamed could happen.

Not Shedding Light

29 Kislev 5773 – December 13, 2012
Welcome to “You’re Asking Me?” the column where people are basically saying, “This guy doesn’t know me at all. Let me ask him for advice.”

Lightening Up Your Chanukah Table

24 Kislev 5773 – December 7, 2012
I found these sleek looking shot glasses in a number of stores. Lined up neatly, they can create simple, yet striking (and certainly sweet) centerpieces for your Chanukah parties. Here is one colorful suggestion. (Tip: When purchasing the shot glasses, stick with something simple. The simpler the glass, the more dramatic the projects will look)

What I Learned from Hurricane Sandy

I am writing this column as Hurricane Sandy is barreling through the greater New York area, after having sorted a load of clean laundry by the light of a group of yahrtzeit candles and having washed my supper dishes with the aid of a clip on barbeque lamp. My electricity went out almost four hours ago and thoughts of what I did right and what I did wrong in preparation for a one of a kind storm that ironically, bears my name are still fresh in my mind.

At First There Was Chaos

23 Kislev 5773 – December 6, 2012
Chaos - that is how the world is described at its inception in the book of Beraishis (Genesis). Confusion. A lack of clarity and boundaries. Or, as I teach my kindergartners, "a mishmash".

Have You Made A Difference In Someone’s Life?

17 Kislev 5773 – November 30, 2012
A rose that I picked from our garden to enhance the beauty of our sukkah is so exquisite that visitors remarked that they didn’t realize it was “real” until they noticed the water in the vase.

The Other Caped Crusader

I quit my full-time job eight months ago without another one to fall back on. In hindsight, it wasn’t one of my better decisions, but it was time for me to move forward. I was in a position that never quite suited me – like an ill-fitting pair of shoes that’s one size too small and rubs across the toes. Sure, a nagging thought called a recession cropped up from time-to-time before I resigned, but I was confident I would only be on the market for a few weeks, max. Armed with a new LinkedIn profile and a heaping dose of faith, I bid farewell to my boss and colleagues of six years to embark on my new journey.

Avoiding Weight Gain This Winter

10 Kislev 5773 – November 23, 2012
Winter seems to be a time when many people put on some extra weight. Have you ever considered why that is? Here are some of the top reasons and what to do about them.

Ride To Forever

6 Kislev 5773 – November 19, 2012
The taxi driver was old and rather shriveled, with a crop of white hair fringing his head. Ah, I recognize this one, I thought with relief, hurrying to open the door. If I recall correctly, he knows Lakewood. You would think that a taxi driver, being that his/her job is, well, driving, and being that the town they are driving in is, well, Lakewood…

Yad Hashem – Shown With A Foot!

25 Heshvan 5773 – November 9, 2012
As the expression goes, “Hashem fir zich der velt” – Hashem orchestrates all the events that occur in the world. Most of what Hashem does is hidden from us. However, on occasion something happens in such an open way, one would have to be totally oblivious to the world around him to not see the powerful display of Yad of Hashem.

Talking to Myself

Ever since I started this question-and-answer column, people have been coming over and asking me questions. Baruch Hashem, right?

Score! Susie Fishbein Strikes Again

21 Heshvan 5773 – November 5, 2012
Your mother may have taught you how to separate an egg and how to dice a mango, but I am willing to bet your mother never taught you to spatchcock a chicken. No, that is not a typographical error.

Writer’s Profile: An Interview With Erica Lyons

19 Heshvan 5773 – November 4, 2012
I grew up in Edison, New Jersey and lived in the same house until I left for college. My parent had moved in several years before I was born. I had the same rabbi for my baby naming, my bat mitzvah and my wedding (this was a first for him). My husband and I even brought our daughter back to my old ­synagogue for her naming.

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