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Judy Gruen

Judy Gruen is the author of several books, including the newly released The Skeptic and the Rabbi: Falling in Love with Faith. Her work has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, Jewish Action, and many other media outlets. She is also a writing coach and book editor. Read more about her at www.judygruen.com.

Harvey Weinstein and the #MeToo Phenomenon

Harvey Weinstein and the #MeToo Phenomenon

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A silent epidemic is silent no more.


Easy Intimacy Is Making It Harder for Women to Get Married

Easy Intimacy Is Making It Harder for Women to Get...

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The hook-up culture is eroding the value of marriage.


Going Orthodox: 8 Things that Surprised Me Living as an Observant Jew

Going Orthodox: 8 Things that Surprised Me Living...

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I was still insecure and nervous about living a Torah observant life. What would my new life look like?


The Holocaust Survivor and the SS Guard

The Holocaust Survivor and the SS Guard

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Judy Meisel is one of the last people alive who can help finger a former SS guard who tormented her at the Stuttof concentration camp.


In Doggy Heaven: Farewell to My Faithful Friend

In Doggy Heaven: Farewell to My Faithful Friend

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At the equivalent of 105 in human years, our dog’s time had come. I miss him.


9 Ways to Discourage Your Teens from Swearing

9 Ways to Discourage Your Teens from Swearing

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Practical ideas to help your teens tame the swearing habit.


The Wedding Plan with No Groom

The Wedding Plan with No Groom

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A new Israeli movie explores the limits of faith.


Hookup Culture Wreaks Havoc on Campus

Hookup Culture Wreaks Havoc on Campus

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New research reveals that a many students find themselves in a fog of depression, confusion, and hurt.


7 Myths about Divorce

7 Myths about Divorce

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Powerful arguments for saving and revitalizing your marriage.


Esther Chana’s Fabulous “I-Beat-Cancer” Ice Climb

Esther Chana’s Fabulous “I-Beat-Cancer” Ice Climb

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Faith, optimism and the love of a community join forces to help a woman fight a near-fatal diagnosis.


Steven Spielberg's Mother Shone Her Own Light

Steven Spielberg's Mother Shone Her Own Light

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Leah Adler passes away at age 97.


La La Land and the Limits of Romance

La La Land and the Limits of Romance

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The award-winning film upends the typical Hollywood romance with its controversial ending.


Mary Tyler Moore, My Lifesaver

Mary Tyler Moore, My Lifesaver

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Beloved actress’ gift of laughter helped me through the pain in my early life.


The Orthodox Jewish Dating Web Series

The Orthodox Jewish Dating Web Series

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“Soon by You”, a web series about the New York dating scene, is turning heads.


Cleaning House

Cleaning House

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I’m finding the courage to declutter once and for all.


Autistic Soldiers in Israeli Defense Forces

Autistic Soldiers in Israeli Defense Forces

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Welcome to Unit 9900 where special soldiers provide extra security for the IDF.


Should We Ditch Small Talk on Dates?

Should We Ditch Small Talk on Dates?

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Why serious conversations can help speed up the dating process.


Son of Saul

Son of Saul

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The director and lead actor of the award-winning Holocaust film are two Jews who are passionate about their people and history.


Steve Harvey’s Miss Universe Gaffe

Steve Harvey’s Miss Universe Gaffe

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Lessons from the mindboggling mistake heard around the world.


Eagles of Death Metal Defies Terrorism

Eagles of Death Metal Defies Terrorism

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The rock band played in Israel and returned to Paris, demonstrating its courage and commitment to freedom.


My Lost Pendant

My Lost Pendant

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My chances of finding my special pendant in the enormous mall were about as good as my winning the Pulitzer Prize.


The Adele Sensation

The Adele Sensation

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Does the superstar’s old-style elegance add to her allure?


Trumbo

Trumbo

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Working underground due to the infamous Hollywood blacklist didn’t prevent this writer from producing hit after hit.


Michael Douglas: Star of David

Michael Douglas: Star of David

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The legendary Hollywood producer and star becomes an eloquent defender of the Jewish people.


Christians United For Israel

Christians United For Israel

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Nearly 2.5 million Christian Americans are defending Israel. They call themselves part of the “goyim underground.”


Steve Jobs: The Apple of Our Eye?

Steve Jobs: The Apple of Our Eye?

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Steve Jobs may have been a corporate titan, but many honorable character traits, cherished by Judaism, were foreign to him.


Notes from the Dentist’s Chair

Notes from the Dentist’s Chair

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My dentist is like Vladimir Putin, but with less warmth. My teeth are his little KGB prisoners.


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When "I Love You, Daddy" Isn't Enough

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Imagine the long-term impact our smart phone addiction will have on kids.


The Knock on my Door

The Knock on my Door

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I was engrossed in Downton Abbey. Did I have to stop to welcome the beggar at my door?


Marrying Young

Marrying Young

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While marriage rates continue to plummet, my son, 22, is bucking the trend and marrying his 21-year-old bride.


The Delicious Deli Man

The Delicious Deli Man

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Are Jews really the worst customers in the world?


Type A Men and the Women Who Love Them

Type A Men and the Women Who Love Them

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Why is it that when men get sick, even the manliest among them morph into sissies?


The Return of the Grown-Up Kids

The Return of the Grown-Up Kids

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What’s better: empty nest or full house? I’m conflicted.


The Angst of Online Grocery Shopping

The Angst of Online Grocery Shopping

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Goodbye grocery store, hello newfound freedom!


Renée Zellweger’s Unpopular New Face

Renée Zellweger’s Unpopular New Face

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Old is not ugly. Looking like a mask of your former self is ugly.


Magic in the Moonlight

Magic in the Moonlight

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Woody Allen’s new film explores the world of magic and what exists beyond the purely rational.


Organic Escapades

Organic Escapades

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Success and failure in my back yard organic garden.


Frayed Clothing and the Men Who Love Them

Frayed Clothing and the Men Who Love Them

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My husband is like Mr. Sustainability when it comes to his clothes, using them up until they are utterly and incontrovertibly no longer usable.


Super Agers

Super Agers

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Want to live to 100? Here’s how.


Finders Keepers; Losers, Keep Looking

Finders Keepers; Losers, Keep Looking

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Jews may be more forgetful than other people. After all, we lost ten of the twelve tribes, and the holy Ark.


My Passover Miracle

My Passover Miracle

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On a recent seder night, I experienced a redemption of sorts and a reminder that God knows what we need and sends it when we need it.


The Perfect Woman

The Perfect Woman

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Meet Tamara. She’s my friend. And I hate her.


Chocoholics Unite!

Chocoholics Unite!

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If chocolate wasn’t heaven-sent, why else would the first three letters of Godiva spell G-O-D?


Go Ahead, Make My Boycott

Go Ahead, Make My Boycott

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Advice to those advocating a boycott of Israel: be consistent and boycott everything that comes from the tiny Jewish state. This will make your life much more…interesting.


Great Expectations

Great Expectations

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Scoring a professional goal can take a long time. A really long time. But it’s worth it.


Saving Mr. Banks

Saving Mr. Banks

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The story of the makings of Mary Poppins shares something in common with the story of the Jewish People.


Dressing for Distraction

Dressing for Distraction

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Is the gender gap partially a fabric gap?


Lauren’s Light

Lauren’s Light

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Honoring a vivacious life tragically cut short.


Dare to Dream

Dare to Dream

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What to do at 3 a.m. when everyone else can sleep except you.


Change the Raunchy Playlist

Change the Raunchy Playlist

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Working out in a gym that proudly displays organic soap – and plays misogynistic music.