Friday, July 01, 2022

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TEAM Shabbos: Opening the Discussion

TEAM, the Traditional End-of-Life Awareness Movement, is uniting hundreds of shuls and communities across the country. Their mission is to raise awareness about the importance of respecting life, preparing for illness and death, making proper end-of-life decisions, and other relevant matters.

The Torah


A Father Gives Back to Chai Lifeline

Every married couple, once they hear the news that they are expecting their first child, is overcome with joy: “Wow, we are going to become parents!” For my wife and I, it took four long years to achieve this goal. The first pregnancy in 2009 ended in a miscarriage at 13 weeks. We were heartbroken. In 2010, we found out that my


‘Top 10 Questions to Ask the Camp Director and Five Other Questions You’d Better Not Ask’

When Camp Dora Golding’s director was looking to retire, he encouraged Alex Gold, one of the camp’s division heads, to apply for the job. Gold interviewed before the CDG board and from a dozen candidates was chosen as the camp’s new director. That was some 20 years ago; many things might have changed in that time,


Cooking Ideas for Parents and Kids

(StatePoint) Food brings family together. And time spent in the kitchen is how cooking traditions and those secrets behind the best dishes get handed down from generation to generation.

Here are two delicious recipes for parents and kids to make together, shared by food and family


Diaper Nation

My mom used to use cloth diapers on my youngest brother, in an effort to preserve the environment. The other five of us were spared of this embarrassment. We often felt bad for him, waddling around with a cloth pinned between his legs, encased in a plastic bubble underpants, the loser, while all of his “friends” wore the more


Fresh Ideas for Chanukah Gifts

Every year, the same dilemma arises for many of us. What should we buy our children and grandchildren for Chanukah? On the one hand, it’s such a pleasure, and on the other hand, it’s a little burdensome. As a grandparent, I absolutely will not give my children or grandchildren money as a gift. I want


Buying the Best Chanukah Toys

Chanukah is around the corner and I am trying to figure out what to buy for my kids. I have different ages and abilities. I would like to focus on toys that are developmental in nature as opposed to those toys that my kids will look at for two minutes and then throw in the toy box. Do you have any suggestions?


Cool Girls Get Cool Lunches

I stayed up extra late tonight because I was making a duct tape bow for my daughter’s lunch. Duct tape bows are not in any food group; they are, in fact, as the name suggests, a bow made out of duct tape. The more colorful and intricately patterned tape, the better. But the bow was made with the intention of adorning my


Religious Development—The Middle Years

A community rabbi in Teaneck once mentioned to me that when he speaks to bar mitzvah boys before their big day, he asks them, “What do you think is a difficult mitzvah?” Many of the boys answer “fasting,” and indeed many of us can recall the sheer terror at the thought that “this year I’m not going to be able to cheat but am


Being a Dispassionate Parent

If you have begun to read this article, you may have already thought that the title above may seem to be odd for a parenting article. What parent would want to not reflect positivity or passion during interactions with their children! Furthermore, isn’t the expression of emotions healthy and vital for the emotional development of our


The Other Chesed: Teaching Our Children Self-Compassion

Some made Styrofoam tents with four cut-out flaps, others colored class bikur cholim phone lists. The rare few even made cardboard welcome mats. Whatever project young Jewish children made this week, the lesson was the same: Avraham and Sarah did chesed, and so should we. From the time they are young, we teach our kids to show kindness and


Religious Development—The Bar/Bat Mitzvah Years

My mother used to say that you can do whatever you can in parenting your child until she or he turns 13. After that, you have to just stand back and pray.

After describing the births of the twin boys Yaakov and Esav, the Torah skips over their early childhood years and says, “And the boys grew

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