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Life

Yachad does it all together

December 12, 2019, by

There’s something about Yachad that makes people keep coming back to it. Yachad is the Orthodox Union-run organization that provides programs, services, advocacy, support, and love to people with disabilities and their families. You would think that its work, while worthy, is unglamorous, and that its pull would be more to a volunteer’s obligation than

Peloton: Problem or Pretext?

December 11, 2019, by

Even if you haven’t seen it, there’s a very good chance you’ve read about it. I’m referring, of course, to the now-infamous Peloton commercial. In the ad, a man surprises his wife with a Peloton stationary bike for Christmas. The woman is elated and starts chronicling her fitness journey with daily cell-phone videos. At the

A Change of Plans

December 3, 2019, by

There is nothing like a death sentence hanging over one’s head to make havoc of one’s retirement plans. The call from my husband Abe came one autumn afternoon. “I got the results of the needle biopsy. I have cancer.” His words caused me to tremble.. In July of 2018, Abe suffered with a virus that

Please Don’t Replace “I’m Sorry” with “Thank You”

November 27, 2019, by

On a recent flight, I settled into my seat tired and hungry.  As one of those increasingly rare people who don’t mind airplane food, I eagerly awaited my meal.  When the flight attendant approached, I was disappointed to learn that they didn’t have my kosher meal, but I was even more disappointed by how flippant

Is Anti-Zionism Anti-Semitism? Does it Matter?

November 20, 2019, by

The parsha is dominated by two parallel stories of dramatic negotiations. Avraham bargains with the citizens of Chevron to secure a burial plot for his deceased wife. Afterwards he dispatches his loyal servant to secure a wife for his chosen son, Yitzchak.  In each instance local “parties” must be convinced – to sell land or

What Not to Say

November 18, 2019, by

Content warning: This article does not contain jokes or pop culture references. Rather, it discusses death, bereavement and, in particular, when a person takes his or her own life. (As discussed in a previous article, I will endeavor to minimize the number of occurrences of the word “suicide.”) Time magazine reported this week that the

Israel: The Week That Was

November 13, 2019, by

On Tuesday morning I woke up and got ready for work as usual. I kissed my kids goodbye for the day and left my house around 7:00 AM. Only on the way to work did I hear on the news that half of my country did not have a typical morning. Tens of thousands of

The Orthodox Jewish Female Ice Hockey Player

November 11, 2019, by

Thanks to her humble beginnings on Barbie rollerblades, Orthodox Jewish Aliza Hiller is defying stereotypes as an ice hockey player in a competitive women’s league. As a kid, she actively played basketball, softball, and floor hockey, but competitive ice hockey was not an obvious passion, rather she says, “I grew to love it.” Hiller was

Popeyes and Priorities

November 11, 2019, by

Non-kosher restaurants aren’t usually my “beat” but the world is losing its collective mind over a chicken sandwich and I think we should talk about it. First, some background. In August, Popeyes (no apostrophe; a fast-food chain) debuted a fried chicken sandwich, which created a frenzy. Customers tore through a two-month supply of the sandwich

The Overuse of Antibiotics

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), at least 30% of antibiotics in this country are overprescribed and are unnecessary.  Why?  Antibiotics are wonderfully important, especially when necessary.  The world should express gratitude to Sir Alexander Flemming (1881-1955) for inventing the world’s first antibiotic substance benzylpenicillin (Penicillin G) from the mold called