The Jewish Home

Yiddishe Nachas
Yiddishe Nachas

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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Purifying Waters
Purifying Waters

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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Sunshine
Sunshine

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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Shabbos
Shabbos

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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Composing A Torah Life
Composing A Torah Life

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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The Jewish Woman - A Torah View
The Jewish Woman - A Torah View

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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I\'m Worth It
I'm Worth It

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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We Must Do Lunch
We Must Do Lunch

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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The Balancing Act
The Balancing Act

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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Beginnings: New Opportunities
Beginnings: New Opportunities

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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Relationships With A Capital R
Relationships With A Capital R

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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Bridges
Bridges

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 Eternal Covenant
The Eternal Covenant

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 Marshmallow Mentsch
The Marshmallow Mentsch

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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