Monday, July 04, 2022

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Eating Disorders and Siblings

Editors’ note: Judy Rubin Krasna is a parent of a young woman with an eating disorder who is committed to helping young people and their families fight this disorder by sharing her own experiences. Her perspective is relevant to all mental health disorders. This article is her story, reprinted from Times of Israel with


A Pomegranate Full of Mitzvot

Long before “simanim” were trendy, when I was growing up we always had a “Rosh Hashanah seder” complete with apples and honey, pomegranates, dates, black-eyed peas, spinach, leeks and of course fish heads. We recited a yehi ratzon before eating each siman, read from the small, cracking black siddur that my


Ki Tavo: Open Your Hand

“Hey Freddy - hurry up, man! Don’t you know that stopping for ten seconds means ten places further back in line?”

Fred knew. The Camp Idaho canteen was the most crowded and popular store and snack bar around. That’s because it was the only store and snack bar around - at least the only


Centenarian Shares Fascinating Life Story

Mortimer Jonah Cohen was born on the last day of Pesach, 22 Nisan, 5676, (April 25, 1916), in the Bronx. Aside from being what his nephew Shael from West Orange calls “adorable,” what is this 103-year-old’s biggest claim to fame? Maybe it’s helping famous people and rabbonim in his dental practice or achieving two


Consolation and Compassion

As we move out of the mourning of Tisha B’Av, and into our preparations for the High Holy Days, we are given tools of consolation. Seven weeks to return to the world of miracles, joy, hope and possibility. Shuva is our process of return and reflection. But we may ask, how can we return after the pain of so great a loss? When loss


My First Closet Purge

My earliest memory of helping anyone purge and organize their clothes closet was in 11th grade. Phylicia, one of my best friends at the time, had a bedroom closet under the eaves. On the right side of her closet was a single rod for her many clothes. Beneath the rod the ceiling angled down until the space became very narrow and the


Seven Steps to Mentschhood

Step # 3

Part 2

ולפני עור לא תתן מכשל

And you shall not place a stumbling block before the blind (Vayikra 19:14)

After reading the following story to my


Let Me Help You Declutter

Sometimes the scariest thing to a writer is the blank page. I learned that from Professor Toporoff, my first creative writing professor in college.

Can’t think.

Brain dumb.

Inspiration won’t come.


Legalizing Marijuana: The Follow-Up

Last month, this column discussed the myths about legalizing marijuana, and its impact on our children. A few weeks later, we were invited to attend a local meeting (sponsored by Strive Health, a new recovery program in Bergen County), of a number of community professionals, Jewish educators, therapists, recovery specialists and a few


Time-Saving Tips for Creating Simple Morning Routines

(BPT) Mornings can be a bit chaotic as you fight the clock to get out the door on time. This is especially true if you have a big family. Wouldn't it be nice if rather than feeling like a stressful race, your morning routine was something you actually looked forward to?

Starting your day on a high note


Raising Successful Children, the Jewish Way

America has a new celebrity. Esther Wojciciki is a mother, a grandmother and an experienced educator. Her claim to fame is that all three of her daughters occupy prestigious positions in male-dominated fields: Two are CEOs of major corporations and her third daughter is a professor of pediatrics in a leading medical school. She is


L’Dor V’Dor

After capturing a candid photo of me kneeling on his living room rug, eye level with his newborn baby, Solly, situated in her car seat, my eldest son, Judd, said, “Remember Alvie always used to say to me that Tottoo went on her hands and knees to play with me? Well I guess it runs in the family.” Based closely

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