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Beyond Apples and Honey

Beyond Apples and Honey

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Using symbolic foods to cook up real change for Rosh Hashanah.

Paradise Found_

Paradise Found_

by Paula Van Gelder

The two-page spread featuring luxury seaside villas planned for Phuket, Thailand, took my breath away.

Winter's Gifts

Winter's Gifts

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I hated winter -- until my son's question forced me to put God into the frigid equation.

Mother's Love and Chicken Soup

Mother's Love and Chicken Soup

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Have your soup now. Cry later.

How Green Was My Checkbook

How Green Was My Checkbook

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Saving my family money at the Big Food-A-Plenty warehouse store.

Truths my Father Taught me

Truths my Father Taught me

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A Father's Day Tribute

The Figure in the Doorway

The Figure in the Doorway

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A mother's love can never be repaid.

Grandpa's Little Girl

Grandpa's Little Girl

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A dying father's words and blessings from the mikvah.

When the Jasmine Blooms

When the Jasmine Blooms

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It was one of those mornings - kids creating havoc and so many patients waiting to see me. And then the unexpected happened.

Bruce

Bruce

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My foster brother is an eight-year-old miracle.

Grandpa Joe's Alpine Legacy

Grandpa Joe's Alpine Legacy

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The joy of skiing, etched into a family's DNA, spans four generations -- from war torn Austria to a Californian mountainside.

Home for the High Holidays

Home for the High Holidays

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They all come home sooner or later. But you must mark the trail.

Back to School and Broke

Back to School and Broke

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Suddenly, at the end of August, kids not only need new wardrobes, but also a list of school supplies longer than the federal tax code.

Summertime Blues

Summertime Blues

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How I am spending their summer vacation.

Who 's That Kid In Enormous Shoes Calling Me Mommy?

Who 's That Kid In Enormous Shoes Calling Me Mommy?

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The teen years are an age of contradictions -- for both mother and son.

Pop's Megillah

Pop's Megillah

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Did my grandfather realize that his proud and sturdy Megillat Esther would 100 years later be treasured by his grandson whom he would never meet?

The Plague of the School Science Fair

The Plague of the School Science Fair

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My son's favorite experiment was "Which Jokes Are Most Likely to Make My Brother Laugh so Hard at the Dinner Table that Water Spurts Out His Nose?"

A Bat Mitzvah to Remember

A Bat Mitzvah to Remember

by Batsheva Geller

With the room filled with joyous music and whirling girls, that's when I noticed her. Shuli, a girl with Downs' Syndrome, was sitting off to the side, not dancing.

The Secret Pre-1A

The Secret Pre-1A "Siety"

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One day our world turned over. Our teacher was seen crying and we knew exactly what needed to be done.

Under Attack

Under Attack

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I had contingency plans for many emergencies likely to strike during my absence. But tiny disgusting insects congealing to my children's heads was one I hadn't figured on.

Parenting Prophets

Parenting Prophets

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Every so often something happens with one of my kids and I begin to understand what parenting is all about. This is one of those moments.

Fretting About Fressing

Fretting About Fressing

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How to Cope with Yom Tov Eating.

Dancing with Grandma

Dancing with Grandma

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Dancing with my grandmother is discovering that you are the most wonderful person in the entire world.

The Runaway Shabbas Shoes

The Runaway Shabbas Shoes

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What does an eight-year-old take when he runs away from home?

Goodbye Poverty, Hello America

Goodbye Poverty, Hello America

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Remembering our Old World origins, B.A. -- before America.

Letting My Daughter Go

Letting My Daughter Go

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Sending your 18-year-old to the other end of the world is not easy.

A Heavenly Trip on Father's Day

A Heavenly Trip on Father's Day

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I couldn't wait to dangle at the small end of a hot air balloon over an African meadow without a doctor or ambulance beneath me.

A Woman's Work Is Never Done

A Woman's Work Is Never Done

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Sarah and Rebecca set the standard for Jewish women to follow. Let's get inspired!

Gluckel of Hameln: A Mother for the Ages

Gluckel of Hameln: A Mother for the Ages

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Gluckel understood a childrearing mystery: Why don't our kids love us more?

Mother's Day Fantasy

Mother's Day Fantasy

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Think precious metals, and remember: I already have a Dustbuster.

The Numbers Game

The Numbers Game

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There is more than one way to define a large family.

A Ghostly Bar Mitzvah

A Ghostly Bar Mitzvah

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A tale about a father and son who plan a Bar Mitzvah celebration in a ravaged Polish village in 1946.

A Beautiful Soul

A Beautiful Soul

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Shaindel is schizophrenic and homeless -- and a beloved fellow Jew.

How Many Rabbis Does It Take To Change a Light Bulb

How Many Rabbis Does It Take To Change a Light Bulb

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My battle with a halogen light fixture.

I'm So Tired

I'm So Tired

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I have become an expert in tiredness, and I need at least nineteen more words to express all its different aspects.

Birthday for the Bereaved

Birthday for the Bereaved

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The mother of a terror victim grapples with a meaningful way to commemorate her son's birthday.

Something You Already Know

Something You Already Know

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The world is divided into two kinds of people: those who fear getting older and those who do not.

Father's Day and Raw Eggs

Father's Day and Raw Eggs

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Memories from age 8 shed light on a deep spiritual truth: You will be judged the way you judge others.

Sundays!!

Sundays!!

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I don't know about you, but keeping my kids happy on Sundays is a major challenge.

Out of the Mouth of Babes

Out of the Mouth of Babes

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A child's perspective is clear and pure, unclouded by "experience" and cynicism. If we allow ourselves, we can learn much from a child's wide-eyed view of life.

Not Another Parenting Class!

Not Another Parenting Class!

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Do we really need another parenting class? Isn't it enough to just follow our instincts?

Love Unconditional

Love Unconditional

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"I could always tell my parents about mistakes I made because no matter what, I knew they would always love me."

The Jewish Woman's Regret Chart

The Jewish Woman's Regret Chart

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Alphabetically arranged for easy reference.

My Son's Bar Mitzvah

My Son's Bar Mitzvah

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"It's not about the bills, it's not about the bills," intones the mother, as the family gets revved up planning a meaningful Bar Mitzvah experience for the first born son.

Circus, Circus

Circus, Circus

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A visit to Las Vegas shows up the seductiveness of illusion, and reinforces that there is no place like home.

The Problem of Raising Typical Kids

The Problem of Raising Typical Kids

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Parents of kids who fight, forget their bathing suit and crumple their schoolwork sometimes need to be reminded that their kids are "normal."

The Winning Team

The Winning Team

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Little league has a bad rap -- frustrated coaches, over-invested parents and damaged kids -- but it is possible for it to generate a healthy Jewish experience.

Independence Day

Independence Day

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A child's first driving lesson sends her mother into a panic.

Summer In the City

Summer In the City

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Call me Scrooge. Call me the Grinch. I hate (or rather, as we say around our house, I'm not fond of) the summer.

Material Girl

Material Girl

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I was flipping through one of those women's magazines that no one ever admits to reading when an ad caught my eye.

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