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Anguish of an Aunt

Anguish of an Aunt

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Reflections on the sudden death of my 20-year-old nephew.

Host Etiquette

Host Etiquette

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Helpful tips on making guests feel at home.

Guest Etiquette

Guest Etiquette

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Eight common etiquette violations all guests should watch out for.

Licensed to Thrill

Licensed to Thrill

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It's astounding that kids in the throes of acne, who can't even remember to close a refrigerator door, are deemed responsible enough to drive.

Beyond Apples and Honey

Beyond Apples and Honey

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

Eat, Bubele, Eat

Eat, Bubele, Eat

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Marriage has brought out my latent Yiddishe-mama genes. Suddenly I've become a person who frets about whether the kugel is crispy on top.

Post-Bar Mitzvah Stress Disorder

Post-Bar Mitzvah Stress Disorder

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This malady follows a case of Pre-Bar Mitzvah Stress Disorder, characterized by bursting into tears with no warning because your little boy has the audacity to catapult into puberty before your very eyes.

Remembering Dad

Remembering Dad

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Living with Dad wasn't always easy, but it was easy to forgive him. He faced major professional disappointments and the most painful kind of personal tragedy. How could I judge him?

Spiritual House Cleaning

Spiritual House Cleaning

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This Passover embark on an inner house cleaning and experience freedom from the bondage of self.

Saying Goodbye

Saying Goodbye

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Racing across the ocean to my dying grandma's bedside, I cannot bear to let her go.

Face to Face

Face to Face

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We can deeply connect to others by looking into their heart and soul, with the courage and openness to discover whatever is there.

Ten Tips for Reducing Pesach Pressure

Ten Tips for Reducing Pesach Pressure

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With some advanced planning, you can feel refreshed, relaxed, and ready for the best Pesach ever.

That Extra Moment

That Extra Moment

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The profound impact of a few sincere words.

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.

Thanksgiving: Yams of Joy

Thanksgiving: Yams of Joy

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Even the Intensive Care Unit could not dampen my mother's joy -- nor my appreciation of her zest for life.

Mother's Love and Chicken Soup

Mother's Love and Chicken Soup

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Have your soup now. Cry later.

Row W, Seat 1

Row W, Seat 1

by Seema Sharfstein-Gersten

On Rosh Hashana, I feel connected to the grandparents I've never known.

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

All About Aunt Nettie

All About Aunt Nettie

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A Mother'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.

All in the Seder

All in the Seder

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Passover proves the key to liberating one family's strained relations.

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.

Dear Bubby

Dear Bubby

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Alzheimer's is like a thief who takes away the most precious memories of a life shared in love.

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.

Elijah in Manhattan: A Love Story

Elijah in Manhattan: A Love Story

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Sometimes the longest journey is the journey home.

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.