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Sound Advice For Troubled Times

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

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

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

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

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 (Part 4)

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)

When my generation was young, I believed the only insurance that people cared about was life insurance.

The Icing On The Cupcake

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

Israel Independence Day is a very special celebration.

Title: Rashi’s Daughters, Book One – Yocheved

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."

Specialists Question Sharon Prognosis

JERUSALEM - Doctors for Ariel Sharon, in releasing selected medical information this week, told reporters the Israeli prime minister, who suffered a mild stroke last week, is "in good health."

Barren Beauty

Ever since I can remember, my husband's practice has been, like many men, to buy me a lovely bouquet of flowers for Shabbat.

Q & A: Yahrzeit And The Two Adars (Conclusion)

QUESTION: In a leap year when there are two months of Adar, during which month is a yahrzeit observed? Do the rules of yahrzeit precedence apply in regard to Kaddish? Finally, can you discuss the precedence regarding leading services during the year of mourning?M. BermanLos Angeles, CA

Are We A Couple Or Not A Couple?

Well spouses with ill partners face a dilemma. Whether the ill spouse's care is long-term hospitalization or a nursing home, the absence of a partner over a long period changes the nature of the family unit.

Penticon Technologies

Every day more and more people are purchasing handheld organizers running the Palm Operating System (Palm OS), including a significant number of Jewish consumers.

Q & A: The 15th Of Av – A Day Of Rejoicing

QUESTION: If the fast of Tisha Be'Av (the ninth day of Av) concludes the mourning period for the destruction of the Temple, why do we wait until the fifteenth of Av to rejoice? Is there a distinct significance to this date? Please discuss this in your insightful column.Sara Gutman(Via E-Mail)

Q & A: Meat And Milk Issues (Part II)

QUESTION: I am presently nursing. I would like to know until what age it is permissible to nurse my child soon after feeding him chicken. In general, how long do we wait betweeneating meat and dairy?A Concerned MotherNew York City

Q & A: Getting Married During Sefira (Conclusion)

QUESTION: My friends are getting married on Rosh Chodesh Sivan. I tried to convince them to do otherwise, as many people have a minhag (custom) not to attend weddings until three days before Shavuot. They told me they spoke to rabbis who allowed it. Is this right? May Iattend?Name Withheld by Request

Q & A: Getting Married During Sefira (Part I)

QUESTION: My friends are getting married on Rosh Chodesh Sivan. I tried to convince them to do otherwise, as many people have a minhag (custom) not to attend weddings until three days before Shavuot. They told me they spoke to rabbis who allowed it. Is this right? May I attend?Name Withheld by Request

Understanding America’s ‘Holiday Period’

As Americans, we Jews share with our fellow countrymen (more or less) certain portions of the annual "holiday period." Extending from the secular holidays of Thanksgiving to New Years, this span imposes on all the United States the breathless rhythm of a machine. Noisy and relentless, it is a rhythm associated in the popular imagination with enhanced reverence and spirituality, but in reality it produces a decidedly opposite effect.

The Jayson Blair Affair: A Perspective

It now appears that The Times is finally 'fessing up to the
most outrageous abuses by one of its reporters and is
conducting an investigation into the full scope of Jayson
Blair's misleading of its readers. From what is already known,
for a period of four years, Blair fabricated news stories. But
what is intriguing is that some higher-ups at The Times
apparently were aware of Blair's wrongdoing, but for reasons
not yet clear ? he was not discharged. Some are suggesting
that notions of "affirmative action" (Blair is African-
American), were in play in Blair's being hired and not let go.

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