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Sage Advice for the Trump Administration

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The Bible instructs every Jewish king that he must have one book with him all the time: the Torah. He should read it every day so that he will know three things: that he is accountable to God for his behavior as ruler; that he is bound by the Torah, the Constitution of his people, and is not above the law; and that he must...

Pushing Off Homework

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People are always asking me the benefits of working at home.

Well, that’s not true. No one talks to me, because I work at home. I don’t really interact with the outside world. For the most part, I work in my living room, which always struck me as an odd name for a room. You’re supposed to live in there? What does that mean? I live in every room. I dine in the dining room, and I keep my bed in the bedroom and my laundry in the laundry room. What do I do in the living room? So I make a living in there.

This is the kind of thing you come up with when you’re a wordsmith, working at home, and you’re trying to push off doing actual work.

But if people would ask me...

The Sweetness of Chesed

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While most 11-year-old girls were home on a cold Thursday night doing homework or playing on their computers, Lielle Holzer and Leebee Bendheim were out shopping. And not for themselves. They were buying a bounty of birthday gifts for the participants of i-Shine in Bergen County. This outing began as a concept about a year ago at a meeting discussing the different chesed projects that the students at Yeshivat Noam could participate in for their bar and bat mitzvah projects. The choices are many and they range from raising future seeing-eye dogs to “clowning around” with Areyvut. Participating in one of these mitzvot has become every bit a part of the simcha, like picking out...

Can Simchas and Healthy Lifestyle Choices Mix?

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Everyone knows the excitement and anticipation felt before a big “shmorg.” Similarly, many can relate to the morning-after regrets of bloating, feeling stuffed and general discomfort caused by overindulging at such events. But kiddush goers and simcha attendees can take comfort in the fact that they are not alone in this struggle. The number of people who have sought out help for just this situation compelled integrative nutrition coach Gila Guzman of Main Asset Health, known to her clientele and throughout North Jersey as “Coach Gila,” to author a book addressing healthy choices at events, over Shabbos and during the holidays.

Coach Gila took a few minutes to share some...

Thoughts From Alon Shvut After Terror Hits Home Once Again

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This past Motzei Shabbat, I told my husband that I think we live in the safest place in the world.

It was right after havdala, and I had just turned on my cell phone and discovered that while we were sitting and enjoying our Friday night dinner with our children, there had been a shooting in the baggage claim area of the Fort Lauderdale airport, an airport that my husband and I had flown through with our family just the week before.

My husband answered me, “I’m not sure this is the safest place in the world, but I do know that if something happened to me here, it would be at the top of the headlines for a few days, and people would care.”

And then, on Sunday afternoon, there...

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