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Let Kids Be Kids

15 Sivan 5772 – June 4, 2012
Dear Dr. Yael: I now see why so many children are insecure. I have been a day-care provider for many years. When parents initially consider day care they want a small group so their children will not be neglected. But problems arise when their children turn two, and nursery or playgroup becomes an option. All of a sudden a group of 20-25 children is not a problem because it is much cheaper. I refer to two-two and a half year olds, whose parents feel that they need to exclusively be with children their own age.

Plots, Schemes, and Coalitions

8 Sivan 5772 – May 29, 2012
For many, the “surprise” which greeted Israelis on May 8th was yet another political dance in which the citizen is a spectator left to watch, wonder, and wait for another year and half to be heard from again. This scenario begs the question: when it comes to the state of Israel’s representative governance, is the tail wagging the dog? Put simply, is Israeli citizenry merely an accessory to the political decision-making of the day?

Minority Births in US Over 50%

25 Iyyar 5772 – May 17, 2012
It’s official – over half of babies are being born to racial and ethnic minorities in the United States, according to a report in the Associated Press.

Wakeup Call (Midot 1:9)

18 Iyyar 5772 – May 10, 2012
At about 4 a.m. on cold and damp autumn mornings in London, Dad would try to wake us in time for Selichot, the pre-Jewish New Year dawn prayers. As we heard Dad’s footsteps mounting the stairs, my brother and I would hide under our covers and mutter our displeasure at being disturbed.

Hamas Senior Official: Palestinians Don’t Come from Palestine

15 Iyyar 5772 – May 7, 2012
Hamas Official: "Who are the Palestinians? We have many families whose roots are Egyptians! We are Egyptians. We are Arabs. We are Muslims. We are a part of you".

True Friends, Traveling 700 Miles

13 Iyyar 5772 – May 4, 2012
From the gmail statuses and e-mail forwards I get, it seems like everyone has some idea of what true friendship is all about.

Lone Soldiers: Atlanta-Born Aircraft Technician Says Living in Israel ‘Settled his Soul’

4 Iyyar 5772 – April 25, 2012
When his enlistment order had come in, his mother begged him not to go into a combat unit, and he promised to pick a different direction – even though he had been admitted into the paratroopers unit. His recruiting officer understood, and together they figured a new tract. "I've always had a dream to work on combat planes," he says.

The Wisdom Of Yerushalayim

29 Nisan 5772 – April 20, 2012
The inhabitants of Yerushalayim were exceptionally clever. Rabi Chuna said in the name of Rabi Yose, “Wherever this Yerushalmi went in the provinces, they arranged a seat of honor for him to sit upon in order to listen to his wisdom.”

Bringing Home Baby

24 Nisan 5772 – April 16, 2012
Ahh, that wonderful time when you return home from the hospital with a brand new bundle of joy nestled in your arms. Without getting into the pros or cons of sending yourself or your other children away, or the benefits and possibilities of family or paid help, eventually everyone will go home and you’ll be all by your lonesome, raising the family. So how to make this momentous occasion truly memorable, instead of weeks of what could be construed by some as torture?

Birthday Parties (Keritut 2a; Shabbat 25a; Moed Katan 28a; Ta’anit 5b)

21 Nisan 5772 – April 12, 2012
Each morning at about 7:10 a.m. my mother, still in her housecoat and slippers, would wake me for school. One wintry Monday morning I opened my eyes to see her leaning over my bed. She was in hat and coat and her hands were cold from the weather outside.

Netanyahu Meets with Gilad Shalit, Parents as Holiday of Liberation Approaches

7 Nisan 5772 – March 29, 2012
PM Binyamin Netanyahu: Gilad "looking very well and it is evident that you are coming back to life. This year the holiday of liberation gets a special meaning. From slavery to freedom; from darkness to light."

Finish Line (Conclusion)

29 Adar 5772 – March 22, 2012
At certain points in each of our lives, we are given challenges – some big, some small. Some people embrace it, welcoming every chance they get to grow and mature, while others are deathly afraid of any sort of change in their blissful, comfortable routine.

The Amazing Race (Part III)

21 Adar 5772 – March 14, 2012
As some of you may know, either through my previous articles, numerous online posts, or non-stop chatter about the topic, I recently had the pleasure of attending Yachad’s marathon weekend event in Miami Beach, Florida. I was invited to participate in this incredible experience, both as a writer and as a runner, and to feel firsthand what the words unity, commitment, dedication, and inspiration truly mean.

3,000 Shells Stolen from IDF Base Under Soldiers’ Noses

7 Adar 5772 – February 29, 2012
Israel TV Channel 2 reports that seven people are being charged with trading in weapons that had been stolen from an IDF munitions base...

MK Ben-Ari: Outgoing Court Chief Beinisch Destroyed Public Trust in the Justice System

The National Union MK is delighted Beinisch is leaving, after five and a half years, because she "destroyed public trust in the justice system. Under her gavel, the court became the possession of BLD (Left wing, Arab dominated Democratic National Alliance)."

Heavy Weekend Rains Raise Kinneret Water Level by Half a Foot

26 Shevat 5772 – February 19, 2012
The stormy winter Israel is experiencing this year harbors very good news for the country's loveliest tourist attraction, which is also a major source of its drinking water.

Parents Sue to Repeal “Under God”

23 Shevat 5772 – February 16, 2012
The case, which began a year and a half ago, is expected to reach the Massachusetts Supreme Court by the fall.

Grape ‘Pineapple’ Centerpiece

18 Shevat 5772 – February 10, 2012
Our world is filled with amazing color and taste – its great when we can find a way to combine them into something beautiful. Here is a fun idea the whole family can enjoy – with minimal preparation, you can create an original and eye catching centerpiece for any occasion.

Big Apple Grabs a Piece of the Pie

23 Tevet 5772 – January 18, 2012
“If I’m behind the arc, and I see an open teammate, I love the deep dish” said piping hot three-point artist Josh Friedman. “But Big Apple knows how to serve up the treys – we always deliver”.

Soup

18 Tevet 5772 – January 12, 2012
This column will focus on making cooking easy and simple. We begin with a perennial favorite dish – Chicken Soup.

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