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3-year-old Haircut - I send my 2-year-old daughter to day care at the local JCC. One of the boys there has never had a haircut. I am very curious about this, but I don’t have the nerve to ask the boy’s mother. I... More

Birthdays

Birthdays - In my social circle, everyone makes a really big deal about birthdays. I’ve got a birthday coming up and I was wondering: Is there any Jewish source that gives insight into the significance of... More

Aging & Retirement

Aging and Youth - I've seen and heard lots of talk recently about attempts of the increasingly aging population to "stay young." To me, as a baby boomer, some of it seems enticing but some of it feels inappropriate. Does... More
Elderly - Back in my day, society accorded honor to the elderly. But it seems that today, with all the 25-year-old billionaires running the show, the elderly have been thrown to the back of the bus. As a Jew and a... More
Grandpa's Bar Mitzvah - Many years ago, my grandfather turned 83 and decided to have a second Bar Mitzvah. This was held in conjunction with our oldest son's Bar Mitzvah. My grandfather said that when you turn 83, it is like 13,... More
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