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Beginnings: New Opportunities
By Malkie Herson

It was the evening before the first day of school, and I had a conversation with my 7th grade son, Ari. Together, we looked back at his last school year and thought about the changes he could make in his behavior so that this new year would be even better.
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Who Is Rich?
Rabbi Aron Moss

Can I afford a large family? Should we have a big family and hope for divine assistance to maintain our standard of living?
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Trimming the Wild
Rabbi Aron Moss

What is the idea behind leaving a child's hair uncut until the third birthday?
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Purifying Waters
Rabbi Tzvi Freeman

There is nothing more holy in this world, nothing more precious to the Creator, than the union of a man and a woman. It is, after all, the fountain of life. What could be more precious than life - other than the source from which life comes?
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The Shiny Project
Yael Hanover

Saturday night, December 13th, the 17th of Kislev, my daughter, Adelle Shayna went home to HaShem. Adelle Shayna’s entire existence is a remarkable one. 
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The Three Mitzvot of the Woman
Chaya M. Klein

There are three mitzvaot that are especially sacred to the Jewish woman. These are: Shabbat Candles, Lighting, Challah, and Taharat Hamishpacha (Family Sanctity).
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Public Displays of Affection?
Rabbi Aron Moss

How will my children understand love if they never see displays of affection between their parents?
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Bridges
Rabbi Mendy Herson

I can understand why someone would want to be a rock. Or, for that matter, an island. After all, a rock feels no pain and an island never cries. The thick psychological walls, the hearing-without-listening and speaking-without-communicating, seem to be helpful coping skills.
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The Makings of a Man
Rabbi Aron Moss

It is my bar mitzvah this week. I was told this means I am becoming a man.
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Mothers and Daughters and Conversion
Hana Levi Julian

My daughter has just converted to Judaism.She is not the first of my many adopted daughters to have done so, nor will she be the last.
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Splitting The Sea
Chana Gittle Deray

It’s not that we don’t care about our home. In fact, that’s how we got the hole behind the couch in the first place.
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The Balancing Act
Yedida Wolfe

We were so excited to reach that day – college graduation – the world was awaiting our valuable contributions, our youthful energy and idealism. We were poised for success as we left the gates of the Ivy League campus.
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The Torah Outlook On Family Planning
Sichos in English

Parshas Nasso touches on one of the most disturbing issues facing our generation. The portion mentions the testing of a Sotah, a woman suspected of adultery. 
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Do I Really Need Counselling?
Hana Levi Julian

I’ve been having a problem and someone I respect suggested I get professional help. I don’t like the idea of telling my problems to a stranger, and I don’t see what good it would do.
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Mazel Tov! It's A Girl
Rabbi Baruch Finkelstein and Michal Finkelstein, R.N.

Baby girls do not have a bris (circumcision) with its accompanying pomp and festivity. Are they less important? Are we less joyous and thrilled over their birth than over the birth of a baby boy? Not at all...

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A Home of the Heart
Chaya M. Klein

She glances round the house, at walls now stripped bare She saw outlines of pictures, now no longer there. She thinks of this house and all it has seen
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Priorities
Rabbi Aron Moss

Teaching priorities to our children, learning them for ourselves, can be a challenging task. Torah clearly shows us how to prioritize!
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Life Existence or Purpose?
Rabbi Aron Moss

When does life actually begin? Conception or birth?
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A Holy Garden
Chaya M. Klein

A family is a magnificent garden It must be cultivated with great care, It is the most valuable, holy place A couple may be blessed to share.
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Love in a Vacuum
Chana Gittle Deray

I once gave a brachah to a friend that she should be married for so long that all of the handles should fall off of her pots and pans.
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The Marshmallow Mentsch
Rabbi Yossy Goldman

Part of the make-up of the mentsch is the power of self-discipline. A characteristic of our ideal human being is the ability to make decisions based not only on expected short-term satisfaction but also with a view to the long-term. 
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Shabbos
Chaya M. Klein

I sit at the table, surrounded by all, The silver candlesticks stand so shiny and tall. Father lifts his silver cup, high in his hand, He looks round at us all, and together we stand.
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Should We Chop Fingers Off?
Rabbi Aron Moss

We had a baby boy and we are very excited. But we are still undecided about the Bris. I have issues with it. I am aware of the spiritual significance of the circumcision, but I have much more practical concerns.
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Why We Keep Kosher
Rabbi Yossy Goldman

The Torah's dietary laws are quite specific. Animals must chew their cud and have split hooves to be kosher, fish need fins and scales, and a list of forbidden fowl is enumerated.
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Conflict Resolution Over Challah
Rabbi Aron Moss

I noticed on Friday night at the meal that before you blessed the Challah, you made a small cut...
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A Mother's Hands
Chaya M. Klein

I gazed upon my mother, as she lay so frail and ill, Her hands rested so quietly - they had never been so still.
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Relationships With A Capital R
Mendy Herson

We all have relationships at various levels. There are shallow ones. And there are deeper ones. Then there are ‘Covenantal’ ones. What's a 'Covenantal' relationship? It's an attitude that takes relationships to a whole new level.
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The Egg in Exodus
Rabbi Yossy Goldman

Freedom itself is only half the story. What we do with our freedom — that is the question. We need a purpose in life, and we need a moral, spiritual infrastructure to help guide us
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Women's Rights
Courtesy of Sichos in English

Do women occupy a position in Judaism inferior to men? Does Torah and the lifestyle it mandates discriminate against women? 
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Insincerely Yours
Rabbi Aron Moss

Is it charity? Or am I bribing G-d?
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Sholom's First Haircut
M.H.

This past Monday, our son Sholom turned three years old and got his very first haircut. Although, our morning routine will be now be one step shorter...
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The Pressure Principle
Rabbi Yossy Goldman

Does security and comfort bring us success? Does challenge and adversity make us stronger, better than before?
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The Eternal Covenant
Rabbi Yossy Goldman

A Bris is a covenant and through the millennia, Jews have kept this mitzvah like no other and have thereby maintained their eternal covenant with G-d. There were times when giving one's son a bris was punishable by death. 
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The Jewish Woman - A Torah View
Avigayil Bakaleynik

While I was growing up in the suburbs of America, I never actually knew any Orthodox people, but somehow, I “knew” all about them. A friend, while driving past the home of one of the few observant families in our town, once authoritatively commented that Orthodox people are “dirty and unkempt.”
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Why No Flowers?
Rabbi Aron Moss

Is there something wrong with placing flowers on a grave? Why do I see stones placed upon the headstones?
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Do Women Have Something To Hide?
Rabbi Aron Moss

Why does Judaism command women to keep their bodies covered? Is there something shameful or evil about a woman's body? Why should a woman have to hide herself just so others shouldn't be tempted?
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Yiddishe Nachas
Rabbi Yossy Goldman

What is of most important to us? What do we truly value? When it comes to our money, everything must be under lock and key, safe and sound, with ironclad securities. Are we as careful with our children?
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Dear Kallah
Rebbetzin Malka Kaganoff

It is easier to initially learn the right attitudes and interactions skills than to relearn and retrain herself after she has grown accustomed to various nonproductive patterns.
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Ask The Rabbi
Rabbi Aron Moss

Why do we need a rabbi? The internet provides answers to everything! What more can one possibly need?!
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I'm Worth It
Tova Hinda Siegel

Thank G-d, our eldest son finally married about 18 months ago,-- and to the most wonderful woman, Our family has waited a long time for this miraculous brocha (blessing); he turned 39 years old on his wedding day! 
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Composing A Torah Life
Susan Raven

When I was asked what events brought Judaism into the equation of my life, I began the process of composing my life story, retracing my steps to pull together all the seemingly disjointed threads, for storytelling is fundamental to the search for meaning.
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Life Is A Picture Postcard
Rabbi Yossy Goldman

We start off young and reckless without a worry in the world and as we get older we realize that life is short.
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Why Is Torah Law So Restrictive of Contact Between the Sexes?
Rabbi Manis Friedman

I understand that Torah law forbids all physical contact between a man and a woman -- or even for them to be alone in a room together -- unless they are first-degree relatives or married to each other. 
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Identity Crisis
Rabbi Yossy Goldman

Amnesia is a frightening illness. Imagine forgetting who you are -- suddenly you have no family, no history, and no identity. It can happen to an individual and it can happen to a people.
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We Must Do Lunch
Tova Hinda Siegel

Ahh… lunchtime… the midday challenge of every woman, whether she is working, whether she is a Mom, whether she is both. Why is that? Breakfast and dinner seem to “just fall into place”, but lunch seems to be of a completely different species.
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Amazing Challah
Jew In The City

Enjoy this entertaining video on the wonderful mitzvah of making Challah.
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Simcha Breaks The Barriers
Esther Rachel Russell

Can you remember the last time you had a thoroughly hearty belly laugh? You know, the kind that has you laughing so hard you feel as if your sides could split? 
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Sunshine
Esther Sall

My family is my Home, an everlasting edifice, Built on a strong foundation of Torah and Chassidus. A Jewish Home is special, catching Light from Up Above,
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Everyday Blessings
Yael Hanover

A dear friend of mine out in the blogosphere lost her battle with cancer recently. She was in a lot of pain, but she wanted to defeat it and go on living. 
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Naming A Child
Rabbi Pinny and Chani Lew

In general, the giving of a name should be looked upon as a great responsibility that involves serious consideration by the parents. In many places in Kabbalah and Chassidus it is explained...
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Chana Woman's Three Mitzvos
The Chabad Times

Both man and woman are obliged to fulfill G-d's mitzvos (precepts). The man is obligated to perform all 613 commandments.
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