Wednesday, August 23, 2017

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As a writer, I tend to spend a lot of time cleaning, mostly to push off writing articles.  Except before Pesach, when I write articles to push off cleaning. So today, the plan is to write an article about cleaning. I think the universe is going to explode. But at least if it does, I can use that as an excuse to

More Than Matzah: Pesach Associations From All Around the World

Jews everywhere celebrate Pesach with the same familiar traditions. But you’d be surprised how many regional traditions there are. While we are joined by a common heritage, no two Jewish communities are the same. Israel is the ultimate Jewish melting pot with olim from around the world bringing their local customs with

For Kids With Reading Disabilities, Pesach Could Be a Recipe for Anxiety

Here’s how to prevent uncomfortable situations during the seder when your child has dyslexia or another reading disability

There’s a lot of reading involved in a haggadah, which can make the Pesach seder exhausting for the average child. For the child with reading

Enjoy ‘Redemption, Then and Now’ at Your Seder

Review of Redemption, Then and Now: Pesah Haggada With Essays and Commentary. By Rabbi Benjamin Blech. Hardcover. 318 pages. $24.95. ISBN: 978 1-940516-738

For Passover 2017, the best-selling author of several books on Judaism now shares his insights into Seder night with the

Camp 613 Is Ready for Summer

Summer is just around the corner and the staff at Camp 613 couldn’t be more excited for what’s in store! Camp 613 is located at Lifeplex Health Club, in Monsey, New York. Now in its 16th season of operation and in its 10th season at Lifeplex, Camp 613 continues to expand its outstanding programming in a facility that is truly one of a

Tips for a Peaceful Home on Yom Tov

A number of years ago, a parent of teenagers and adult children once told a group at a Shabbos table that she was going to suggest that famed children’s book writers Stan and Jan Berenstain (now, sadly, gone) write a new book called the Berenstain Bears and Too Much Yuntif.

While an ideal

My Dinner at Nothing: Dining at the World’s Most Exclusive Kosher Restaurant

I was on the Whitestone Bridge on my way to JFK to catch a flight to Israel, when I got the call. A masculine voice, with a slight yeshivish accent, simply said, “There was a cancellation. We have a spot for you at Nothing tonight at eight if you want it.” I debated for a moment as to whether it was a crank call or not; but

Is Personal Style Born or Made?

The first new sofa I ever bought was for a bachelorette pad I rented in my mid-20s. I had previously lived with roommates, lounging on garage-sale finds and exercising first-job thrift. I was finally becoming a grown-up with a career in the city and I wanted my apartment to look as groovy as my idol Mary Tyler Moore’s digs on TV.

CT Rabbi From East Orange, NJ, Publishes Third Book

Why the Kof? Getting the Best of Rabbi Fuchs. By Rabbi Stephen Lewis Fuchs. Paperback. 139 pages. ASIN: B06XMY5TKZ.

Susan Marie Shuman, the freelance writer and editor of SusanWritesPrecise, has announced the publication of Rabbi Stephen Fuchs’ third book,

Teaching Kindness: Are We Talking About It at Home?

Kindness is the number one value I emphasize at home to my children. I don’t ask them what grade they got on their test. I don’t ask them what they learned today. I don’t navigate their social experiences. I don’t tell them that if they studied they could have done bettter (or at least not at the moment). I ask them if they

My Purim Plan

Clients as well as members of our community have been reaching out to me for advice regarding Purim. The abundance of candy, baked goods and nosh that enters our home on this one day can be particularly challenging. And that is before we sit down to a large meal that includes a wealth of food and drinks.

Kaddish in Panama

Any time I’ve told someone the story of my travels to Panama during the year that I was saying Kaddish for my father the responses were almost always “That’s a great story” and “You should write it down so you don’t forget it.” For many years I’ve intended to put pen to paper, or fingers to keyboard if you will, but somehow

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