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Kashering Meat

29 Tishri 5772 – October 26, 2011
Strolling around an antique shop in Pennsylvania’s Dutch Country, I was reunited with many of the items that inhabited my mother’s kitchen. There was a scrubbing board and a metal oval-shaped tub with which one would scrub and wash clothes and a ringer through which one would dry them. I also saw a charred metal grate that reminded me of the one my mother used to kasher pieces of liver.

No Coincidences

17 Av 5771 – August 17, 2011
Last week I wrote that we are now at a very critical juncture in our long history. We have entered the period of ikvesie d'Mashiach - a time of travail when the footsteps of the Messiah can be discerned. We are receiving wake-up call after wake-up call, and they come in many shapes and forms. Hashemis sounding the alarm, but we remain deaf to its implications.

The Tragic Vacuum (Part Four)

14 Nisan 5771 – April 18, 2011
In last week's column I began my response to the woman who wrote expressing her fears regarding the escalation of anti-Semitism and hatred of Israel throughout the world. I explained that our Sages and Prophets predicted it; they tell us that what we are witnessing today isikvesi d'Mashiach - a period in which we can hear the footsteps of the Messiah and experience the birth pangs that will precede the coming of that great day.

Spend Quality Time Alone With Your Spouse

7 Shevat 5771 – January 12, 2011
For my new book, Connect to Love, the Keys to Transforming Your Relationship, I studied over 500 women throughout the world, discussing with them...

A ‘New Year’ Resolution

20 Tishri 5771 – September 28, 2010
The week-long holiday period that includes Sukkot, Chol Hamoed, Shmini Atzeret andSimchat Torah is almost over, as are all the attendant festivities, celebrations, family gatherings and trips, and of course, all that over-eating and indulging in food and drink. Most of us will happily (or maybe not so happily) go back to being absorbed by our day-to-day routines; for the great majority, life will return to "normal."

A Light Behind The Darkness

25 Tammuz 5770 – July 7, 2010
It is the month of Tammuz, and in a matter of days, we will inaugurate the month of Av. This is a period that from the very genesis of our history has been marked by tragedy.

It’s My Opinion: Gam Zu L’Tovah

4 Sivan 5770 – May 17, 2010
Judaism encourages the concept of gratitude. A Jew is directed to thank G-d for all. There is a blessing to be said upon hearing good news and a blessing to be said when the news is bad. There is a blessing upon seeing exceptional beauty and a blessing to be said when viewing a disaster. There are blessings for weddings and blessings for funerals.

Sefirah And The Pull Of Torah

15 Iyyar 5770 – April 28, 2010
We are seeing the "world coalition" forming and we can well imagine what the next steps will be. Perhaps the only comfort in this difficult world is that all the events we are witnessing have been predicted by our prophets. What else gives one the strength to endure what would otherwise be unendurable?

Snacking Right – A Tough Nut To Crack

30 Nisan 5770 – April 14, 2010
Post-Pesach many of us begin making promises to ourselves in the hopes of looking and/or feeling better. Some of the most popular wishes people share with me include: Being stricter about eating habits, losing weight, going for a checkup/special exam, and here's a big one, exercising!

Circle Of Friends: A Group For The Single Woman

23 Tammuz 5769 – July 15, 2009
When you lose your spouse, whether s/he was sick or healthy, whether it's through divorce or death, the transition period into the next part of your life is a difficult one. Many new singles find that they no longer fit into their old friendships. They are no longer part of a couple, so associating with couples can be uncomfortable.

Sound Advice For Troubled Times

26 Iyyar 5769 – May 20, 2009
The 10th Annual Rebbetzin's Conference sponsored by the Task Force on Families and Children at Risk, which took place last week, was one of the best ever. Rebbetzins come from far and wide to participate in this yearly program and leave with newfound strength.

Naphtali and Josephine Phillips

7 Nisan 5769 – April 1, 2009
Naphtali Phillips, the ninth child of Rebecca Machado and Jonas Phillips, was born in New York on October 19, 1773. His great-grandfather was Dr. Samuel Nunes Ribeiro, an escapee from the Portuguese Inquisition1 who became one of the first Jewish settlers of Savannah, GA.2 His maternal grandparents were Zipporah Nunes and David Mendes Machado.3 David Machado also escaped from the Inquisition in Portugal and served for a number of years as the chazzan and Torah teacher of Congregation Shearith Israel in New York.

It’s My Opinion: Civility

24 Shevat 5769 – February 18, 2009
The local Jewish community recently received a shock. Many that attended rallies and protests regarding the Gaza War were stunned. Counter-demonstrators made egregious and hateful statements, some referring to the Holocaust. They were physically violent. The actions did not seem to cause any outrage in the general community.

Know Your Audience

21 Heshvan 5769 – November 19, 2008
It was Shavuot and Gloria was looking forward to a Yom Tov dinner with friends. Gloria was a well spouse whose husband was in care.

Title: Brain Exercises to Cure ADHD

9 Iyyar 5768 – May 14, 2008
What - another book about ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder)? Some of us have an entire bookshelf of these!

What To Look For When Looking Into Long Term Care Policies...

19 Heshvan 5768 – October 31, 2007
Last week I discussed some of the things that Long Term Care (LTC) Insurance is, some that it's not, and why it is important.

Why Long Term Care Insurance? (Part 3)

13 Heshvan 5768 – October 24, 2007
When my generation was young, I believed the only insurance that people cared about was life insurance.

The Icing On The Cupcake

20 Tishri 5768 – October 2, 2007
All across America, in major cities nationwide, there has been an outcry, a major clamoring, and a "waiting-on-line-around-the-block" type of fixation for cupcakes.

The Close Connection

7 Iyyar 5767 – April 25, 2007
Israel Independence Day is a very special celebration.

Title: Rashi’s Daughters, Book One – Yocheved

11 Tevet 5766 – January 11, 2006
Ms. Anton's book falls into that genre termed historical fiction, but in this extensive volume of over 360 pages, one can begin to wonder if Ms. Anton had a fly on the wall, so realistic are her characterizations. One could wonder it her real calling is as a "medievalist."

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