Monday, June 05, 2023

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Nineteen Sins and Counting: Josh Duggar, Agunot and Abuse in Religious Communities

If you’re like me and grew up watching the Duggar family on “19 Kids and Counting,” you’re probably reeling from Josh Duggar’s recent conviction. The oldest son of evangelical reality stars Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, Josh was convicted for receiving and viewing child pornography. His arrest earlier this year came only several


Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Regift

After Chanukah some of us look around and realize that many of the gifts we or our family received are impractical, not our style, a duplicate or fill in the blank. In short, some of our loot may be categorized as “clutter.”

As if we need additional stress in our lives, we


Miracle of Miracles

I feel so legitimate. Growing up, I falsely believed there were no records from Eastern Europe to verify any Jewish existence. For 33 years, I’ve been tracking our family history.

On December 2, 2021, I got one of the biggest shocks of my life. It caused me to give


I Could Have Done Better

After being married for a while, most people come to the shocking realization that their spouse isn’t perfect after all.

And then begin the comparisons.

Why can’t my wife be as organized as that woman? Why can’t my husband be as


‘Am I Jewish?’

When I began my genealogy research in 1988, I never expected to find a cousin living in Sochi, Russia in 2021, asking, “Am I Jewish?”

The most insignificant-seeming notes, which I kept recorded in my family tree program, about cousins unknown to me and whom I never


Organizing Your Gratitude

Although I believe in showing gratitude and feeling gratitude towards people and to Hashem on a daily basis, November is a poetic time to speak specifically of gratitude.

I am grateful for the opportunity to work in a field I love and feel passionate about. I am grateful to Hashem for blessing


Three Chanukah Reads for Kids

(Courtesy of Kar-Ben Publishing)

“The Three Latkes” by Eric A. Kimmel. Kar-Ben Publishing. 2021. English. Hardcover. 24 pages. ISBN-13: 978-1541588912.

When three Chanukah latkes fight over which of them tastes the best,


Reading … It’s Complicated!

In the early 1950s, Rudolf Flesch wrote “Why Johnny Can’t Read.” He lambasted educators for failing to teach phonics and questioned how students could learn to read only by memorizing words. There were actually “reading wars” in the 90s in which children were caught in the middle of programs designed to improve


How to Choose the Right Outpatient Rehab Facility in NJ

If you’re trying to figure out how to choose a rehab facility in New Jersey or New York, it might feel daunting at first. Addiction treatment is a sensitive subject and an incredibly brave pursuit, so congratulations on having the strength to start the process! In this article, you can find advice to help you


Advice on Healthy Food Shopping, Prep and Planning

Dear iDeclutter,

I find I waste so much food during the course of a week. I buy so many groceries when I go shopping on Sunday with such good intentions of cooking full meals from scratch, but by Wednesday my husband and I say, “Let’s get takeout.” The fruits and veggies in my fridge go


Can Drug Addiction Cause Bipolar Disorder?

(Courtesy of RAC) Once called manic depression, bipolar disorder is a serious mental health condition that can severely disrupt a person’s life. Bipolar symptoms include extreme mood swings, emotional dysregulation and drastically shifting energy levels.

In this article, we’ll


Sidney Gussen’s ‘24/7’ Bar Mitzvah Project

In honor of Sidney Gussen’s bar mitzvah, he and his father, Adam Gussen, will be conducting a year of baking, cooking and selling specialty food items to raise funds for Chesed 24/7. Chesed 24/7 is a charity organization that provides constant care to the elderly, sick, disabled or any family in need of care.

Sign up now!