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About the Author

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.

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.


Jennifer Livingston: The Fat Anchor

Jennifer Livingston: The Fat Anchor

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Can fat people be good role models?


My Yom Kippur Confession

My Yom Kippur Confession

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My tip for a more meaningful Yom Kippur – lighten up.


Guilt Trip Shopping Trip

Guilt Trip Shopping Trip

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I long for the days when grocery shopping was simpler.


Cosmo & Helen Gurley Brown

Cosmo & Helen Gurley Brown

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Many young women are realizing just how damaging were her views.


Facebook Faceoff

Facebook Faceoff

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”Like” this article or we are no longer “friends.”


Is God My Friend?

Is God My Friend?

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Belief was the easy part. Friendship took more work.


Rock n’ Roll Bomb

Rock n’ Roll Bomb

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Israel’s real secret weapon against the Iranians: Rita Jahanforuz.


Hostage to Fashion

Hostage to Fashion

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Politics aside, the real war on women is being waged by fashion designers.


Judy for President

Judy for President

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Today I announce my candidacy for president of the United States. My motto: "Opinion over Experience”.


The Brainy Bunch

The Brainy Bunch

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Does being Jewish make us smarter?


The Artist

The Artist

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Michel Hazanavicious’s Golden Globe winning silent film imparts powerful lessons about the power of speech.


Tebowmania

Tebowmania

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Is Tim Tebow taking a page from Judah the Maccabbee?


Thanksgiving Is for Turkeys

Thanksgiving Is for Turkeys

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I’m sitting out Thanksgiving this year. Not because I am un-American, but because I’m full.


Herman Cain’s Women Problem

Herman Cain’s Women Problem

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How Jewish guidelines of male-female relationships could have helped.


Family Guys

Family Guys

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The fathers I know don’t look anything like the ones we see in the media.


My Commencement Address

My Commencement Address

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Students around the world who will be graduating shortly, gather around and listen to my pearls of wisdom.


The Passover Hustle

The Passover Hustle

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I love cleaning for Passover. No, I am not mentally unstable.


The Skeptic and the Rabbi

The Skeptic and the Rabbi

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I was no spiritual seeker and wary of drinking the kosher Kool-Aid.


Crouching Tiger Mother Hidden Dragon

Crouching Tiger Mother Hidden Dragon

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Amy Chua unleashed a firestorm of debate about “wimpy” western child rearing. Is she right?


The Finkler Question

The Finkler Question

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The Man Booker Prize winning novel raises important questions about Jewish self hatred and anti-Semitism.


I'm Not Messy; I'm a Genius

I'm Not Messy; I'm a Genius

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January is national “Get Organized Month” and I just may get around to organizing… by next January.


How Smart Is That?

How Smart Is That?

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It’s time to outsmart our smartphones.


War and Remembrance

War and Remembrance

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A review of Herman Wouk’s epic WWII miniseries.


Emptying Nest Syndrome

Emptying Nest Syndrome

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After 18 years of selfless love, all I get before my son leaves is: “Bye, thanks”?!


Cabin Fever

Cabin Fever

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After 20 years, my husband and I decided it was finally time for a vacation.


The Epidermis Epidemic

The Epidermis Epidemic

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Where has all of our clothing gone?


Can I Say That?

Can I Say That?

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They don't call gossip "dirt" for nothing.


Mothers and Mentches

Mothers and Mentches

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Looking for the perfect Mother’s Day gift? How about a phone call once in a while?


My Homework Hangover

My Homework Hangover

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Everything I ever needed to know I learned in the Nordstrom shoe department.


Guide to the Hungry and Perplexed

Guide to the Hungry and Perplexed

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Nervous about going to a religious person’s Seder? So is my Aunt Ellie, and this is what I advised her.


Wigging Out

Wigging Out

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My decision to cover my hair with a wig has me feeling better about myself physically and spiritually!


Does This Town Make Me Look Fat?

Does This Town Make Me Look Fat?

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My trip to Beverly Hills made me realize that I like living on the “wrong” side of the tracks.


David Duke and Me

David Duke and Me

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What do a Jewish mother of four and a Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard have in common?


Generation Gaps

Generation Gaps

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I didn't expect that my kids' knowledge about all things Jewish would outstrip mine by the time they were in the third grade.


The Mystery of the Kosher Lamp

The Mystery of the Kosher Lamp

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I brought my kosher lamp to a hotel where I was staying over Shabbat. I rubbed it and became a kosher genie.