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Judy Gruen

Judy Gruen’s latest book is Till We Eat Again: A Second Helping. See more of her work on www.judygruen.com.

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.


When

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.


Attorney for Israel

Attorney for Israel

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Baruch Cohen knows the art of the fight.


Home, Sweet, Expensive Home

Home, Sweet, Expensive Home

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I am one of those Jews who knows nothing about home improvement projects, other than how to write the checks for them.


“Fill the Void” – A Chasidic Love Story

“Fill the Void” – A Chasidic Love Story

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Chasidic Israeli filmmaker Rama Burshtein’s fascinating film is almost as fascinating as her own story.


A Candle for My Father

A Candle for My Father

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Thoughts on lighting the 20th yartzeit candle.


Camp Mom

Camp Mom

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What if there was a summer camp for moms?


Aging Ungracefully

Aging Ungracefully

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In the 1960’s they used to say “Don’t trust anyone over 30”; Now, they say “Don’t trust anyone who looks older than 30!”


Not So Smart-Tech

Not So Smart-Tech

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Next-generation technology is watching you. Behave, or else!


Mrs. Princeton

Mrs. Princeton

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On the strategic benefits of finding a husband at college.


Why Is This Luxury Resort Different From All Others?

Why Is This Luxury Resort Different From All...

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While my body would love to go away for Passover, my soul enjoys making Seders at home.


Eat, Pray, Love, Connect

Eat, Pray, Love, Connect

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The Shabbat of Unity allowed me to get out of my own bubble and connect to Jews different than me.


Armed, But Not Dangerous

Armed, But Not Dangerous

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Why do people think I’m a menace?


Thinness: We’re Just Not That Into You

Thinness: We’re Just Not That Into You

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Fewer Americans are dieting now than in recent years. If you ask me, that’s very healthy.


The Nana Chronicles

The Nana Chronicles

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First time grandmother Judy Gruen finds out that looking after a newborn is harder than she remembers.


Eight Family Ideas for Hanukkah

Eight Family Ideas for Hanukkah

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Ideas to light up your celebration during the eight nights of Hanukkah.


Driving Me Crazy

Driving Me Crazy

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When my kids drive me, they drive me crazy.