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Saturday, July 04, 2020

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Why Potchka?

My mother loved the word “potchka.” She would always tell us how something wasn’t a potchka at all, when clearly it was. At least for any normal person it would be, but then mothers are never regular human beings. They definitely have superpowers, don’t they? So this article is titled, “Why Potchka?” and the answer lies

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Is Your Child’s Behavior Regressing? It’s Not What You Might Think

These are difficult times, and Sam* is especially stressed. He is highly anxious, impulsive and suffers from learning disabilities and sensory and attentional problems. He is 5 years old, and his life isn’t fun anymore.

Prior to the pandemic, Sam was attending a good special needs program and doing

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Controversial and Challenging Topics at the Shabbat Table

Why is there pain and suffering in the world? How can we understand a Halacha or Torah portion that seems to be incompatible with our current knowledge and values? Where do babies come from? There is no shortage of difficult and controversial topics that might arise at the Shabbat table, leaving adults nervously glancing at each

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A Different Kind of Summer

What’s everyone doing this summer? For most of us, the answer is still a big fat question mark; how upsetting is that? It’s a challenge to try to make plans for something that is truly out of our control and balance returning to normal work hours, all while we have our children home—especially children who are disappointed that camp

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Remember the Helzel?

Since joining Facebook, I’ve signed into a few of its many groups. One of the most rewarding is People Who Went to Catskill Bungalow Colonies, started by Trudy Gewirtzman Malmut, now 10,000 members strong and growing fast. On April 28, another member of the group, Jan Shapiro-Shandler posted, “I have been holding onto this cookbook

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Making Room for COVID Dogs

Many people in my neighborhood have welcomed dogs into their families this winter, during the weeks of quarantine. Whether for entertainment, companionship or having a walking buddy, dog ownership has spiked. This generation of puppies has been labeled “COVID dogs.” A couple of months ago, one of my neighbors brought

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Seven Steps to Mentschhood

Step #6

Part 3

דרכיה דרכי נועם וכל נתיבותיה שלום

“The ways of the Torah are ways of pleasantness, and all its pathways are peace.”

(Mishlei 3:7)

So far, we have discussed the importance of a mentsch acting in a pleasant fashion that creates a kiddush

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Self-Help

I miss working with my clients face to face. I miss the interaction with the client, helping them transport items to new “homes” other than the trash, hearing their stories and really listening to what’s going on in their world to know how to orient the organization session. I really miss the usual life of

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For These Are Our Lives

אלו דברים שאדם אוכל פירותיהם בעולם הזה והקרן קיימת לעולם הבא: ואלו הן, כיבוד אב ואם, וגמילות חסדים, והשכמת בית המדרש שחרית וערבית, והכנסת אורחים, וביקור חולים, והכנסת כלה, ולוית המת,

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Label What You’re Leaving

This cleaning marathon I’ve been on has me reacquainting myself with a wide variety of once hidden family treasures. It all started during the lockdown to combat the world coronavirus pandemic, which coincided with the time for an extensive spring/Passover cleaning.

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Seven Steps to Mentschhood

Step #6

Part 2

דרכיה דרכי נועם וכל נתיבותיה שלום

The ways of the Torah are ways of pleasantness and all its pathways are peace.

(Mishlei 3:17)

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Maxwell House Haggadahs and Latkes Mi'Dor L'Dor

Last week we celebrated Passover in a new way. For the first time, we sat alone at the Seders due to social distancing policies imposed by the government. We shared the rest of the eight day holiday with only those living in our home. As usual, however, our Seders were conducted using the highly

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