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The Carrot Prayer

The Carrot Prayer

by Devorah Lifshutz

My mother's tzimmes became a bridge from the past, connecting me to a rich and tasty heritage.

My Dancing Partner

My Dancing Partner

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I did not stop praying for my miracle. I wanted my grandmother to dance at my wedding.

In the Eyes of a Newborn Baby

In the Eyes of a Newborn Baby

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Reflections on worry and hope.

Faith in the NICU

Faith in the NICU

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I thought if I could remain in control of every factor affecting my son's life, perhaps I could cure him.

Spider Days

Spider Days

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I am Mother, hear me roar.

A Blended Family

A Blended Family

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Our patched-together family is in some ways like our kitchen table – a merging of two older tables shoved together.

Too Late to Send

Too Late to Send

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A letter to my grandmother.

My Mother, My Self

My Mother, My Self

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A daughter gives her dying mother the only thing she can: dignity.

My Mother's Purse

My Mother's Purse

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We'd lost Mommy and Daddy; we didn't want to lose each other.

A Dream of Light

A Dream of Light

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For some people lighting the Chanukah candles is an unattainable yearning.

The Life and Death of a Clown

The Life and Death of a Clown

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The eternal value of cheering up sad people.

My Own Stroller

My Own Stroller

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In my eyes, others stand astride a mountain while I look from a valley below. She wheels a baby, while I walk empty-handed.

In the Comfort of Our Own Living Room

In the Comfort of Our Own Living Room

by Eli Berg

Marrying off three daughters in 14 months was just the lead up to grand finale.

Fly Away Home

Fly Away Home

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There is no inoculation for parental separation anxiety.

What Empty Nests are Filled With

What Empty Nests are Filled With

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On that Friday night, I got a vision of how I want my nest to look when it is no longer filled with little ones.

Back to School

Back to School

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Turning over those fresh new notebook pages can inspire more than just good grades.

My Mother, My Child

My Mother, My Child

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I made a promise I would take care of Mama.

Spiritual Piano Lessons

Spiritual Piano Lessons

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Tapping into a child's inner world and bringing out his creativity.

Among the Blessed

Among the Blessed

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Must we first be denied a gift in order to feel gratitude upon receiving it?

A Father's Words

A Father's Words

by Chaya Goldberger

She had always believed that one day he would sit her down and tell her how much she meant to him. But that day never came.

Uncork the Love

Uncork the Love

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It's easy to love when there's no anger, no defiance, no impatience. But what happens when they start growing up?

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?

My Mother's Cough

My Mother's Cough

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Every time I hear it, my heart lifts. My mother is near and I am safe.

Mother's Day

Mother's Day

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In some way, I think of my mother almost every day.

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.