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Lunch at the White House
Mom with a View

Lunch at the White House

The intoxicating allure of power.

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Speech-less
Mom with a View

Speech-less

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We seem to be living in a world of increasing indifference and selfishness.

My Big Birthday
Mom with a View

My Big Birthday

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Every birthday is an opportunity to reflect and be grateful.

Validated by Facebook
Mom with a View

Validated by Facebook

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I was shocked to discover how much I care about what people say about me on Facebook.

My Husband's Broken Collarbone
Mom with a View

My Husband's Broken Collarbone

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And my lesson in self-centeredness.

Rude or Misunderstood?
Mom with a View

Rude or Misunderstood?

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The stranger who yelled at my husband and the perils of misjudging others.

Sukkot: Elevating the Physical
Mom with a View

Sukkot: Elevating the Physical

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How to inject meaning and purpose in your holiday while shopping and cooking.

Mourning in Los Angeles
Mom with a View

Mourning in Los Angeles

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The death of an 11-year-old boy rocks our community.

Yaakov Salomon’s Rosh Hashanah Message
Salomon Says
Yaakov Salomon’s Rosh Hashanah Message

Yaakov Salomon’s Rosh Hashanah Message

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Greetings from an old friend.

Tackling My Anxiety this New Year
Mom with a View

Tackling My Anxiety this New Year

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This Rosh Hashanah, I’m working on overcoming my worry and genuinely trusting the Almighty.

Show Up and Show You Care
Mom with a View

Show Up and Show You Care

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Don’t sell yourself short. Going to that wedding or shiva house does make a real difference.

Spiritual Boot Camp
Mom with a View

Spiritual Boot Camp

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God, my son’s Israeli commander and preparing for Rosh Hashanah.

My Boring Bucket List
Mom with a View

My Boring Bucket List

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If it’s not going to appear on my tombstone, it’s not going to appear on my bucket list.

Expensive Wine, Poor Parenting
Mom with a View

Expensive Wine, Poor Parenting

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Taken out for dinner by friends, what would you do if your child ordered a very expensive bottle of wine?

Petty Thieves
Mom with a View

Petty Thieves

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Eating at a restaurant of staying at a hotel does not entitle us to take their bathroom fixtures.

Tuning In to the Almighty
Mom with a View

Tuning In to the Almighty

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It starts by choosing to do only one thing at a time.

God Save the Queen
Mom with a View

God Save the Queen

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My recent trip to London gave me a glimmer of understanding of what the monarchy means.

Jews Take Care of Each Other
Mom with a View

Jews Take Care of Each Other

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A recent Shabbos experience in Europe reminded how privileged it is to be a part of the Jewish nation.

Food Obsession
Mom with a View

Food Obsession

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It’s hard to imagine that it was once considered undignified to talk about food. Maybe we are missing something.

Breaking Our News Addiction
Mom with a View

Breaking Our News Addiction

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Can you go two weeks without following the news?

Dear Emuna, You’re Wrong!
Mom with a View

Dear Emuna, You’re Wrong!

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A few words of praise go a long way.

Eavesdropping on the Subway
Mom with a View

Eavesdropping on the Subway

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I could not believe what I was hearing.

Preventing the Next Heart Attack
Mom with a View

Preventing the Next Heart Attack

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Embracing the uncomfortable realization that we are never fully in control.

Tell Me I Matter
Mom with a View

Tell Me I Matter

Whether it’s who I know, what I know or what I’ve accomplished – just tell me I matter.

Divorced Couples Need Our Empathy
Mom with a View

Divorced Couples Need Our Empathy

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With all its inherent pain, most couples do not treat divorce cavalierly.

Our Children are Watching
Mom with a View

Our Children are Watching

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What are we teaching our kids when parents are screaming and cursing during a soccer match?

You Give, You Will Care
Mom with a View

You Give, You Will Care

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If we will really invest, we will come to care – about anything.

Dreaming of Anatevka
Mom with a View

Dreaming of Anatevka

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I don’t long for the days of pogroms and poverty. But I do miss not having all my kids and grandkids living nearby.

Cravings
Mom with a View

Cravings

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Desiring what we cannot have.

Our Scary Uber Driver
Mom with a View

Our Scary Uber Driver

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We felt in danger but oddly did nothing about it.

Preparing Early for Passover
Mom with a View

Preparing Early for Passover

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If ever there were a time for zeal and over-preparation, Passover is it.

Is There Such a Thing as Me Time?
Mom with a View

Is There Such a Thing as Me Time?

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There are people in need at every place, at any time, and we can’t ignore them.

Learning from Uber
Mom with a View

Learning from Uber

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Three timely lessons about kindness, taught by Uber drivers (really).

Purim: The Prayers of Children Purim: The Prayers of Children

Purim: The Prayers of Children

Our kids can teach us a lot about how to talk to God.

Woman on the Verge
Mom with a View

Woman on the Verge

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We may not be able to control our instinctive response but we can prevent it from coming to fruition.

Salomon Says... Farewell
Salomon Says
Salomon Says... Farewell

Salomon Says... Farewell

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This is my last blog. It’s time to say good bye.

Losing Purim in All the Hamantashen
Mom with a View

Losing Purim in All the Hamantashen

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There is a point where we are too busy trying out the Peanut Butter Chocolate Pretzel hamantashen that we forget the purpose of the holiday.

My Parents’ 60th Wedding Anniversary
Lori Almost Live
My Parents’ 60th Wedding Anniversary

My Parents’ 60th Wedding Anniversary

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Why it’s a real milestone.

Raccoons and Construction Workers
Mom with a View

Raccoons and Construction Workers

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There is always something or someone over my head.

Give It Your All
Lori Almost Live
Give It Your All

Give It Your All

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Don’t run away from a problem. Be an agent of change instead.

Wanna Be an Astronaut?
Salomon Says
Wanna Be an Astronaut?

Wanna Be an Astronaut?

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Why did NASA receive a record number of astronaut applications?

My Miami Vacation
Mom with a View

My Miami Vacation

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What is an LA denizen like me vacationing in Florida?

Gameboys and Sustaining Dignity
Lori Almost Live
Gameboys and Sustaining Dignity

Gameboys and Sustaining Dignity

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A group of North American kids help poor kids in Israel.

Think Crime Doesn’t Pay? Think Again
Salomon Says
Think Crime Doesn’t Pay? Think Again

Think Crime Doesn’t Pay? Think Again

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Get $9000 for not committing a crime.

Why Do Jews Leave Judaism?
Lori Almost Live
Why Do Jews Leave Judaism?

Why Do Jews Leave Judaism?

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Jews need to make informed choices about their Judaism. Don’t be afraid to learn.

Collecting
Mom with a View

Collecting

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We all have a desire to exert some control over our chaotic lives.

3 Ways to Stop Self-Pity
Salomon Says
3 Ways to Stop Self-Pity

3 Ways to Stop Self-Pity

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After all, pity is really just counterfeit love.

Alone on Valentine’s Day
Lori Almost Live
Alone on Valentine’s Day

Alone on Valentine’s Day

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Judaism’s heightened sensitivity to others.

The Comparison Trap
Mom with a View

The Comparison Trap

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Jealousy is when we count someone else’s blessings instead of our own.

9th Graders Exposed to Anti-Semitic Film
Salomon Says
9th Graders Exposed to Anti-Semitic Film

9th Graders Exposed to Anti-Semitic Film

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An apology isn’t enough.