It was the mask. A very cute mask with a witty message – but nonetheless, I realized that the mask represented something deeply distressing. Forced separation.
We tend to eat too much; smoke, and under exercise. For some, the only significant movement they do is walk to shul and back – but only because driving is forbidden on Shabbat.
Tthe kids will become creative and inventive and innovative. One teenage sibling I know, with a talent for sewing, is teaching her younger siblings how to use a sewing machine, including the boys.
Like an oversized umbrella it covered the entire land.
The consensus was that it had become exorbitantly expensive to be a frum Jew.
I always feel that it’s important to fight back – even if you are going down, at least the opponent will have a scratch or bruise as well.
Whether there is a medical issue, a mental health illness or an addiction, it must be confronted. The first step to "fixing what is broke” is facing reality and admitting that something is broke.
She is afraid to ask for the going rate for her skill set, aware that she is replaceable – and she needs the income from her job to help support her family.
She would not focus on what she didn't have, but on what she did have.
It’s important to be mindful of changes not just in yourself, but in the activities, habits and personality of family members and close friends.
There is another element to mindful walking that I want to point out – being on guard against those who deliberately want to disturb or cause harm.
Remember how as children we were told to look both ways before crossing the street?
When parents insist that their children, especially their daughters, wait for an older sibling to get engaged/married before green-lighting them to enter the “parsha,” they are sabotaging their futures.
Truth be told, if you were to ask graduate students in ancient history who Amalek was, you’d likely get blank stares.
Being positive and upbeat is a valuable weapon in the battle to stay healthy.
Looking at the story, one could argue that Mordechai was somewhat responsible for what happened and it was only through Esther’s heroic sacrifice that the Jews were saved.
Young children observe and absorb even the tiniest details of their parents behaviors.
Every choice comes with potentially life damaging risks.
In cyberspace, the virtual sky's the limit in the game of one-upmanship.
My all powerful Father hadn’t protected me. He had let a biological bogeyman grab me.
As I mentioned in Part One, my journey to diagnosis was launched by a simple sneeze that caused a sharp pain for a few seconds in July 2017. And that was the only time that happened.
Don't we all complain about being tired or having aches and pains somewhere?
The fact is more people are getting cancer – but not necessarily dying from it. Many are cured, or at least are in remission for years.
If I am a victim of some mishap, let it be because of my own shortcomings, not someone else’s.
Hitler's destruction of the Jewish family continued long after the liberation.
Anyone who walks on a regular basis has likely, on more than one occasion, been startled by the enraged barking of an angry dog,...
Internal bullying is a private version of lashon harah.
I know that in the great scheme of things, these irritants are minor, but they do tend to add up.
I knew that there would be many women at this Chanukah party who, like me, were reeling over the news that a friend of ours had been niftar a couple of days earlier from cancer. We were beyond shocked.
As a round-faced child with big cheeks, I was often pinched by visitors to our home, or in shul by acquaintances of my father.