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Hanukkah and Hope
Mom with a View

Hanukkah and Hope

Yes, the world is dark but we have the power to light it up.

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A Gift Gone Wrong

A Gift Gone Wrong

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How do you explain this disturbing lack of gratitude?

Foodie

Foodie

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When you are living to eat.

Kalman Levine: In Memoriam

Kalman Levine: In Memoriam

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Making the pain personal.

Groggy Morning Emails

Groggy Morning Emails

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How my day got ruined by one annoying message.

Celebrating Birthdays

Celebrating Birthdays

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They are a powerful time for reflection.

In the Moment

In the Moment

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We are too busy posing and snapping to just savor today.

Insidious Ads

Insidious Ads

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This ad hurts us more than we think.

Parenting’s Dirty Secret

Parenting’s Dirty Secret

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How to go from hyper-parenting to calm-parenting.

Derek Jeter is a Mensch

Derek Jeter is a Mensch

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And why that is big news.

Glory Days

Glory Days

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Don’t live in the past. The best is yet to come!

Sticking to Your Resolution

Sticking to Your Resolution

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Just because I did it imperfectly today is not a reason to give up the fight.

Don’t Dread Rosh Hashanah

Don’t Dread Rosh Hashanah

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Unencumbered by past mistakes, now is the time to start anew.

Am I a Grinch?

Am I a Grinch?

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I don’t want to strike up personal conversation with the salesperson.

Courtesy No Extra Cost

Courtesy No Extra Cost

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My negative encounter with an airline agent.

Marriage & Mystery

Marriage & Mystery

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Maintaining a sense of mystery in today’s oversharing world.

The Art of Saying Thank You

The Art of Saying Thank You

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How to show appreciation.

Opposites Attract

Opposites Attract

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This couple has nothing common. What is the secret to their happy marriage?

Why You Have What I Want

Why You Have What I Want

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This is the surefire path to misery.

The 9th of Av in Rome

The 9th of Av in Rome

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The most powerful Tisha B’Av I have ever experienced.

It’s Not Business as Usual

It’s Not Business as Usual

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Do something daily to identify with the pain Israelis are going through.

Are We Desensitized to Joy?

Are We Desensitized to Joy?

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Have you ever complained about receiving too many wedding and bar mitzvah invitations?

Road Rage

Road Rage

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What did I do to merit such hostility?

An Extraordinary Wedding

An Extraordinary Wedding

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Two young adults with Down syndrome got married and we witnessed a miracle.

My One Hour Mini-Vacation

My One Hour Mini-Vacation

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All it took was a change in perspective.

Dress Code

Dress Code

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Being seen as people, not objects.

Kids & Priorities

Kids & Priorities

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How important is that internship in Kenya?

Make Your Bed

Make Your Bed

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There’s a good reason the army cares about those hospital corners. Judaism does too.

Helpmate

Helpmate

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The story of Ruth is inspirational. The story of Naomi could have been also.

Falling Out of Love

Falling Out of Love

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We are not passive victims to life’s circumstances.

You’re Grounded

You’re Grounded

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This wasn’t one of our best parenting moments.

Selling Ritalin

Selling Ritalin

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Kids are selling their Ritalin to classmates who crave the extra focus to do better on their exams.

Caring about Wrinkles

Caring about Wrinkles

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Comparing myself to those who are taller, richer, healthier and who have smoother skin.

Dogs over Motherhood

Dogs over Motherhood

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Puppies are a lot easier.

Grocery Shopping as Contact Sport

Grocery Shopping as Contact Sport

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Where human behavior is on display – at its best and, more frequently, at its worst.

6 Educational Principles from the Passover Seder

6 Educational Principles from the Passover Seder

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Ask questions, tell stories and make learning fun.

Passover’s Freedom

Passover’s Freedom

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Getting rid of the leaven inside our hearts.

Dealing with Telemarketers

Dealing with Telemarketers

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Take a deep breath….

Israeli Courage

Israeli Courage

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An encounter with Jews who put their lives on the line for the Jewish people.

Suckered by Sales

Suckered by Sales

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Those ads know exactly how to get me.

Is AIPAC’s Influence in Decline?

Is AIPAC’s Influence in Decline?

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If it is, here’s an important Purim silver lining.

Malala and Queen Esther

Malala and Queen Esther

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It took a young girl from Pakistan to help me identify the incredible courage women possess today.

Cheating to Win

Cheating to Win

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Do our kids realize that losing is not the worst thing to happen? Do we?

Looking Good for Your Husband

Looking Good for Your Husband

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It tells him: you’re the most important person in the world to me.

I Will Never Quit

I Will Never Quit

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Living with the Navy Seals code.

Five Illusions about Love

Five Illusions about Love

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Five myths that hamper our ability to create a thriving, loving marriage.

The Casablanca Perspective

The Casablanca Perspective

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Looking at life in the grand scheme of things.

If Only Syndrome

If Only Syndrome

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The surefire way to unhappiness.

My Manicurist

My Manicurist

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I had no idea the Vietnamese woman doing my nails was a courageous heroine as tough as nails.

My New Floor

My New Floor

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My surprising new obsession.