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Holiday Happiness Guidelines

Every year I advocate for memories over materialism. Be with the people you love instead of shopping for them. I always send you a list of things you can do with loved ones. Take each night of Chanukah, and add any nights for Christmas or other holidays you observe this month and have fun with…

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Thinking about Christmas

Thinking about Christmas I have spoken to several people about Christmas and I want to reiterate what I hope you all will do – don’t try to change your observance of the holidays now.  It’s too late in the year to suddenly tell your sweetheart that you can’t bear to have a Christmas tree this…

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Growing Up in an Interfaith Home

What is it really like growing up in an interfaith home? Ask a few people who did and you’re likely to hear a variety of stories. Where there things their parents did that they would do differently? Sure. Do they grow up to identify as Jewish? Not always. What makes one person feel Jewish and…

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Raising Smart Kids

Kids are so darn smart, be a smart Parent The mother of one of my favorite three year olds told me this story.  She, her husband, and three year old Sarah were emerging from a pizza parlor.  Sarah was screaming.  “You know, just practicing the sound,” her mama told me, as in – open mouth…

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Published on October 29th, 2008

Growing up in an Interfaith Home

Did you grow up the child of an interfaith couple?  Have you wished you could talk to other people who shared some of your same experiences? Are you raising children in a home with one Jewish parent and one non-Jewish parent?  Have you ever wished you could ask a person from an interfaith home how…

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Yom Kippur

Yom Kippur begins Wednesday night I hate fasting.  Let me count the ways. 1. I hate having to get off coffee and caffeine so that I won’t have a headache all day. 2. I hate feeling weak and lacking focus. 3. I hate being thirsty and that dry sound your mouth makes. 4. I hate…

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