Sunday, October 21, 2018

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Growth Without Guilt

After catching my breath after the Yom Tovim (is it sacrilegious to say, “Thank God they’re over?”), I would like to share my big innate health insight from this year with you. For any newcomers, and for those of you who need a refresher, innate health talks about how you are totally connected to God at every moment

Give a Little Time: Making Chesed Part of Your Routine

Part II

Last month, we covered some local volunteer opportunities for the whole family — from children to grandparents — to brighten someone’s day. This month, we continue to explore organizations in our area that truly benefit from volunteers. As you think about what type of

Beloved ‘Town of Chelm’ Returns in World’s First Encyclopedia of Chelm Stories

After enjoying decades of acclaim in the pages of The Jewish Press, the lovable, side-splitting tales from the legendary town of Chelm have recently been collected in the world’s first encyclopedia of Chelm stories. In time for this year’s Chanukah gift-giving season, “The Silly World of Chelm” has been published by Zalman

Hungry for Yom Kippur

For many years, I enjoyed praying in shul. The songs were a familiar hymn that spoke to my soul. It was meditative, and I always left feeling pure and free of sin. Especially on Yom Kippur.

Which is why it was so shocking to be totally uninvolved my first year as a mother, when I had a

Give a Little Time

Part I of II

Fall is officially in full swing: the leaves are changing color, the apple orchards are bustling and pumpkin spice is popping up in everything. For Jewish families coming off the holiday season, the fall is also a time spent gathering with family

The Power of Compromise

Relationships, whether familial, platonic or romantic in nature, are made up of many moving parts. One of the most essential of these parts is compromise. However, when two people differ in opinion about something, they may find it hard to have a positive and beneficial conversation. Often when this occurs both parties tend to lose sight of what really matters most,

Babba Sali

The portrait of the Babba Sali, a famous Moroccan kabbalist who died in the early 1980s, came to us by way of a family member had been was storing (i.e., getting rid of) some items in our home for some time. When we moved, accidentally that box got opened and the picture was put up simultaneously with our family pictures, the giant

The World Is Your Classroom

School is back in session and no matter how old your children are—from the youngest preschoolers to college students—everyone has something that sparks their interest (even if they hate to admit it!). No matter what your child’s favorite subject is, educational experiences outside the classroom are never far away.

For the science lover…

If you

A Boy and His Puppy

When my son Liad is hurt, he asks for Puppy, his small dalmatian-like lovey, with a little doggy head. When he finishes up a tantrum? Puppy soothes him, as he sucks away at his fingers. Bad day? Puppy to the rescue. Mid-day tired spell? Puppy is like a dose of caffeine. Intense boredom in a long airplane ride? Puppy is by his side to entertain him. Exhausted in the

Historic Sites Let Families Step Back in Time

With the kids home from camp and a few more weeks to go before school starts, now is a great time to enjoy some of our area’s amazing historic sites. Your kids will have so much fun exploring these outdoor attractions, they might not even realize that they’re spending a summer day learning.

When We Leave Them Behind

For the first time in four years, my husband and I took a trip without our children this summer. We woke up early in the morning to take an Uber to the airport, to fly to LA for a wedding, and although usually I’d scoff at an early flight, because it was just the two of us it seemed like a breeze. It was effortless. I woke up

Five Thrilling Places to Take Your Kids in Israel

When school gets out the fun begins—for kids. For parents, it can be a challenge to find new kid-friendly adventures to take kids on. Here are a few out-of-the-box ideas for summer break in Israel that kids will be thrilled about.

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