Thinking Outside The (Chalitzah) Shoe Box

In the book of Ruth, we learn that Boaz married his late kinsman's childless widow. King David was a descendant of this union – and Moshiach.

Human Coronaviruses

Uttering this plea is my verbal version of going after rodfei Yisrael. In Jewish law, one can initiate pre-emptive self-defense, and "take out" someone before they do it to you.

Bittersweet Tears Of Separation

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.

Post-Virus Wake Up Call

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.

Perspective: Silver Linings In Dark Clouds

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.

Magen David – A Purim Fantasy

Like an oversized umbrella it covered the entire land.

Who Is Going To Pay The Bills?

The consensus was that it had become exorbitantly expensive to be a frum Jew.

Time To Emulate The Maccabees

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.

If It Is Broke

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.

Spiritual Mindfulness: Embracing Hillel

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.

Spiritual Awareness: Sometimes It Takes A Banana Peel

She would not focus on what she didn't have, but on what she did have.

Medical Mindfulness

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.

Mindfullness – Part II

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.

Heads Up: Mindful Walking

Remember how as children we were told to look both ways before crossing the street?

Jumping The Shidduch Queue

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.

Guarding Against Amalek

Truth be told, if you were to ask graduate students in ancient history who Amalek was, you’d likely get blank stares.

Reality Check

Being positive and upbeat is a valuable weapon in the battle to stay healthy.

Megillat Esther Vs. Megillat Mordechai

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.

‘Domestic Dystopia’

Young children observe and absorb even the tiniest details of their parents behaviors.

To Vax Or Not To Vax

Every choice comes with potentially life damaging risks.

‘Drinking The Kool-Aid’

In cyberspace, the virtual sky's the limit in the game of one-upmanship.

It Started With A Sneeze (Conclusion)

My all powerful Father hadn’t protected me. He had let a biological bogeyman grab me.

It Started With A Sneeze (Part 2)

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.

It Started With A Sneeze (Part 1)

Don't we all complain about being tired or having aches and pains somewhere?

Taking Your Head Out Of The Sand

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.

The Plague Of Hefkerness

If I am a victim of some mishap, let it be because of my own shortcomings, not someone else’s.

The Walking Wounded: Children Of Survivors

Hitler's destruction of the Jewish family continued long after the liberation.

Barking Dogs Don’t Matter

Anyone who walks on a regular basis has likely, on more than one occasion, been startled by the enraged barking of an angry dog,...

Self-Directed Bullying And The Shield Of David

Internal bullying is a private version of lashon harah.

The Joy Of Venting

I know that in the great scheme of things, these irritants are minor, but they do tend to add up.

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