Sunday, September 27, 2020

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The Comparison Trap

“Comparison is the death of joy”

 - Mark Twain 

“I don’t know how her house is so clean when we both work full time. My house is constantly messy.”

“How did he manage


The Dental Insurance That Actually Works

The word on the street is that many believe dental insurance is a waste of money and time. People have this conception that dental insurance is not worth it because it pays out very little and most dentist don’t accept it. But this is a huge misconception! We get calls from our existing dental clients about how its forces them to


Ki Tisa: A Guide for Teshuva

Note: We thank Rabbi Igael Gurin-Malous for this month’s article.

Who among us has not sinned? Who among us has not done something that truly requires forgiveness and repentance? Very few, if any…

“How do we move forward from our shame and guilt and


‘She Threw His Purse Into the River:’ Honoring a Parent With Dementia

The imperatives to honor and revere parents are truly weighty positive commandments. They are demanding even when ageing parents have clear minds and are essentially healthy. These precepts are even more challenging if a parent suffers a physical disability or dementia. It is not for naught that the third century amora, Rabbi


Parents Tell Their Story

Our thanks to Joyce and Marty Litchman for sharing their story with us.  We’re sure this will resonate with some of you out there.

I am the parent of a recovering drug addict. I wouldn’t wish this on my worst enemy. It began innocently. When my son, Ben, was 8 years old, he was diagnosed with


Teaneck Preteen Packs in the Mitzvot

When 12-year-old Sydney Jerome joined her cousin’s family in Israel for a bar mitzvah this past summer, she didn’t know it would inspire her own bat mitzvah project. But after visiting and volunteering at Pantry Packers in Jerusalem, packing food to be distributed to the needy around Israel, Sydney was inspired to something on


Staycation Ideas for Winter Homebodies

Students and teachers are working hard, trying to cram as much as they can into the last couple weeks before Yeshiva break. But thoughts keep drifting toward long-awaited vacation plans. For those who feel left behind during these days, rest assured: Many activities await that do not require flying, and the most packing


Write a Book Report: Sharpen Your Executive Functioning

Have you ever wondered why it is so difficult for some students to write a book report? Good writing takes many steps and depends upon executive functioning skills. Executive functioning is an umbrella term that refers to a number of cognitive processes and skills that facilitate learning. Being successful in writing depends upon


Ephraim and Menashe: Role vs. Soul

In this week’s Torah portion, Vayechi, blessings abound. Jacob is dying. His son Joseph, his favorite, the one who truly became the savior of the family, rushes to his bedside to comfort him. Jacob announces that he will adopt Joseph’s two sons, Ephraim and Menashe, and will bless them with inheritance equal to that of his


The Miracle

Recently, I had the pleasure of attending a bar mitzvah where my connection was with the family rather than the young man. In fact, I had never met the boy. Arriving fashionably late, we were just in time for the speeches, and my introduction to the bar mitzvah boy occurred as he addressed the gathering. Up stepped a confident,


How to Talk to Your Kids About Parent-Teacher Conferences

Parent-teacher conferences are a great opportunity to hear about your children’s classroom experience and connect with their teachers. These conferences also have the potential to shape your children’s relationships with their teachers and their school experience for the rest of the year. Sharing the teachers’ feedback with your


How Teachers Can Better Handle Parent-Teacher Conferences

Parents can be frustrated by their children’s teachers. By their harsh tone of voice when young children have trouble being quiet or sitting still. By taking away recess for infractions like losing their Chumash worksheets or getting up to sharpen a pencil without asking permission first. By their fixation on rewards and