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About the Author

Mrs. Lori Palatnik

Lori Palatnik is a writer and Jewish educator who has appeared on television and radio, and is the author of "Friday Night and Beyond: The Shabbat Experience Step-By-Step," "Remember My Soul - What to do in Memory of a Loved One," and co-author of "Gossip: 10 Pathways to Eliminate It From Your Life and Transform Your Soul." She is a much sought-after international speaker, having lectured in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, U.K., Central America, South America, South Africa and Israel, including featured talks at Yale, Brown and Penn. She lives in the Washington D.C. area, with her husband, Rabbi Yaakov Palatnik. Lori is the Founder of The Jewish Women's Renaissance Project, an international initiative that brings over 1,000 women to Israel each year from ten different countries on highly subsidized programs to inspire them with the beauty and wisdom of their heritage. She is the busy mother of five children, ages 24 to 14; and her son, Zev, just finished serving as a sharpshooter in the IDF. Her weekly video blog, "Lori Almost Live" is a popular feature on aish.com, viewed by over 50,000 people each month.

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A Meaningful Fast

A Meaningful Fast

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Why do we fast on Yom Kippur?


My Shabbat with Israeli Soldiers

My Shabbat with Israeli Soldiers

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Witnessing a miracle in our times.


The Lost Camera

The Lost Camera

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Yes God is everywhere, but in Israel He feels a lot closer.


Jewish Idealism

Jewish Idealism

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A key difference between living in Israel and the United States.


The Work of Rosh Hashana

The Work of Rosh Hashana

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The four steps to change.


Only In Israel

Only In Israel

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In Israel, everyone is family.


Student of Life

Student of Life

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What did you learn today?


Love Giving

Love Giving

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Does love lead to giving, or does giving lead to love?


Connecting to Tisha B'Av

Connecting to Tisha B'Av

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Imagine losing your home...


Memorize What's Important

Memorize What's Important

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How's your memory?


Don't Call Home!

Don't Call Home!

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What happened to sending away your kids to camp?


Time to Let Go

Time to Let Go

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There's more to life than your relationship with your kids.


Candlelighting - Inspiration

Candlelighting - Inspiration

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Personal accounts of the power and beauty of Shabbat candles.


Shabbat Afternoon and Third Meal

Shabbat Afternoon and Third Meal

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For many, the last part of Shabbat is the more spiritually fulfilling.


Preparing for Shabbat

Preparing for Shabbat

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Personal reflections on preparing ahead -- so that it all comes together.


Grace After Meals - Text

Grace After Meals - Text

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Text of the Grace After Meals


The Three A's of Marriage

The Three A's of Marriage

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Attention, affection and appreciation. It's not rocket science.


Shabbat Checklist and Basic Laws

Shabbat Checklist and Basic Laws

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Your handy guide to prepare and organize for a spectacular Shabbat.


Melaveh Malkah

Melaveh Malkah

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Saturday night? Time for one more Shabbat party!


Laws of Shabbat for Beginners

Laws of Shabbat for Beginners

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What, how, why and where do all these laws come from?


Don't Stop Caring

Don't Stop Caring

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The job is never really done.


Grace After Meals - Overview

Grace After Meals - Overview

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No feast would be complete without thanking the One Above.


Shabbat Morning Kiddush and Meal

Shabbat Morning Kiddush and Meal

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After morning services, a time for stories and song.


Jewish Convert to Islam

Jewish Convert to Islam

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Why couldn't she find what she was looking for in Judaism?


Havdalah - How To

Havdalah - How To

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What is Havdalah? Wines, spices and candle. Easy as 1-2-3.


Shabbat in One Hour (Or So)

Shabbat in One Hour (Or So)

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How to whip up a yummy, nutritious Shabbat in no time flat.


Shabbat Morning Shul

Shabbat Morning Shul

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A weekly highlight of spiritual inspiration and communal gathering.


Devar Torah - Words of Torah

Devar Torah - Words of Torah

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Elevate your Shabbat table talk to another dimension.


A Practical Guide to Paying A Shiva Call

A Practical Guide to Paying A Shiva Call

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A one-page primer on how to comfort a mourner.


My Commencement Speech

My Commencement Speech

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What I would tell college graduates.


Classic Menus

Classic Menus

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Quick overview of all the food you'll need for an awesome Shabbat.


What Do You Really Need?

What Do You Really Need?

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Sukkot gets us back to basics.


Ha-motzi Blessing for Bread

Ha-motzi Blessing for Bread

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The steaming fresh challahs await.


Washing for Bread

Washing for Bread

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The symbolism and how-to of pouring water before the meal.


Shabbat: Recognizing Your Creator

Shabbat: Recognizing Your Creator

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Waking up to a world filled with gifts.


Shavuot: Standing at Sinai

Shavuot: Standing at Sinai

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Transcending the pettiness that divides us.


Shabbat Songs Inspiration

Shabbat Songs Inspiration

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Understanding the mystical attraction of song.


Swine!

Swine!

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What is so abhorrent about the pig?


Where's the Respect?

Where's the Respect?

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Why kids should not call adults by their first names.


Friday Night Kiddush: How To

Friday Night Kiddush: How To

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Whether grape juice or wine, you'll want to savor the moment.


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