Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Features

The Top Ten Rules of Conflict Resolution

A lot of times in my work, I see couples who say that they need to work on their “communication.” This usually means that they are communicating loudly and often, but somehow are not able to resolve conflict effectively. Here, I present my personal ten commandments for resolving conflict and fighting fair. I will refer to a

The Consummate Ambassador

Yehuda Avner, who served by the side of five Israeli prime ministers and as ambassador to three countries, died on Tuesday at the age of 86.

Avner, born in Manchester, England, in 1928, immigrated to pre-state Israel in 1947 and fought in Israel’s War of Independence. He was

Finding the Right Therapist

Often times, I am approached by friends or family who are seeking therapy but are hesitant to start because they are concerned about finding a therapist who will be the right fit for them. In some cases, they’ve attempted therapy in the past, but for whatever reason, found that they didn’t “click” with their therapist, which tainted

Planning Your Simcha Backwards Ensures a Joyful Outcome

Planning a simcha for our children should be one of life’s greatest joys. Reaching those milestones in life and being able to share it with your friends and family are the moments that you will always remember. A wedding and a Bar/Bat Mitzvah are the two most celebrated events in our lives. But of course, with every joyful

Feeling Blue, in the Biblical Sense: Return of Tekhelet Dye Revives Lost Mitzvah

One wouldn’t expect to find hundreds of snails in a landlocked town like Kfar Adumim, situated in the desert east of Jerusalem. Yet there they are, albeit mostly reduced to powder, having been shipped in from the Adriatic Sea for a purpose as old as the Torah itself.

Millions of Jews

Eating Out During Pesach: Ashkenazim at the Homes of Sephardim

Jewish communities throughout the world and especially in Israel have been blessed in recent decades to have Sephardim and Ashkenazim living in the same communities.  There is even a high percentage of marriages between Sephardim and Ashkenazim leading to a variety of questions dealing with the variations in their Halachic practices. One

Six New Thoughts to Bring to Your Seder

One of the greatest Jewish thinkers and Talmudic teachers of this generation was the intellectual giant Rabbi Joseph Soloveitchik. A most influential spiritual teacher, who ignited the Jewish world with song and spirited hasidic teachings was the trailblazing rabbi, Shlomo Carlebach. The saintly Rabbi Abraham Isaac Kook served as the first

Celebrating the Spring Holiday in Jerusalem, an Ancient and Modern Cultural Oasis

JERUSALEM—“Guard the spring month and bring a Pesach to G-d, for in that month of spring, G-d took you out of Egypt…” (Devarim 16:1)

With the annual celebration of Pesach rapidly approaching, but the onset of spring in the New York area all too far away, many more are expected

Kosher for Passover in Israel

We were at Sachne one day last Passover. Sachne, also known as “The Park of the Three Pools,” is located near Beit Shahn in the Lower Galilee. It was a beautiful day, and the place was packed with both Jews and Arabs, religious people and non-religious. The kids had a lot of fun going in and out of the waterfalls in the park, and we

The New SAR Haggadah

SAR is proud to introduce the SAR Haggadah Shel Pesach, an artistic journey by the students of SAR, is a unique collaboration between the Fine Arts and Judaic Studies departments. The artwork was designed by SAR High School students under the guidance of David Friedman, Sara Susswein Tesler, and Sara Krantz (Artist-in-Residence),

Maestro Itzhak Perlman Stars at Carnegie Hall

Sanford I. Weill and Jordan Roth Honored

New York—Defying critics, skeptics and nay-sayers, the thriving, vibrant, always “on,” Drama-Desk Award-winning National Yiddish Theatre-Folksbiene (NYTF) continues the celebration of its 100th year with

The Grand Old Lady of Off-Broadway Celebrates 100 Years and Counting

The 100-year-old National Yiddishe Theatre-Folksbiene has roots going deep into the 19th century—reaching back across the Atlantic from the Yiddish theaters of Eastern Europe to New York’s Lower East Side. In Europe, actors traipsed from country to country, from city to shtetl, to tell their

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