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True Thanksgiving: Expressing Thanks Every Day

November 22, 2017, by

The roaring twenties are back. Consumer confidence and the stock market are at all-time highs, unemployment is at a record low. 2017 has been a year of success with plenty of ways to prove it. We live in a society that glorifies success and consumption, and feeds instant gratification and entitlement. Ask not what your

TechnoStress and your Health

November 22, 2017, by

When it comes to stress, we all understand the dangers involved to our health. Sometimes, there isn’t much to do about a situation that is causing stress. But what of behaviors or habits that I can change?  Those can be dealt with.  The technology we have today is wonderful in many respects but it can

Transliteration Blues

November 21, 2017, by

My recent opinion piece on the evils of the Oxford comma was more popular than I had anticipated; apparently, I’m not the only person with strong feelings about punctuation. But as much as we love to nitpick and debate about the rules of English, the job of a writer/editor is exponentially more complicated when you

“You’re Going the Wrong Way!”

November 9, 2017, by

The Time magazine headline made me chuckle: “Runner Wins Marathon After Competitors Totally Ran the Wrong Way.” I had visions of silly marathoners paying the just price for their own foolishness but upon reading the article it turned out that such was not the case. Italian runner Eyob Faniel, took first place in the Venice

I’m a Jew and I’m Proud

November 9, 2017, by

Earlier this month a famous Jewish comedian was on television and made some very inappropriate jokes about Am Yisrael. While the media made a big deal regarding his belittling of The Holocaust, other parts of the act received less attention.  But the ones which I personally found to be the most obscene got the least

A Family’s Faith in the Face of Loss

November 8, 2017, by

For most of us, October 8 was a regular day. It was the Sunday of chol hamoed but otherwise unremarkable. That’s how it started out for the Rosenthal family of Santa Rosa, CA, whose day culminated with dinner in their succah. Little did they suspect that mere hours later, everything would change. It was 3:30

Celebrity Selfies on Shabbos

November 7, 2017, by

This article originally appeared on Torah Musings I. Celebrity Selfies This past Motza’ei Shabbos, Jewish social media was buzzing because a famous non-Jewish comedian posted a selfie with Jewish students walking in Manhattan, with a note that they could not take the picture themselves because of the Sabbath. We later learned that the picture was

Anne Frank vs. Italian Soccer

November 2, 2017, by

It was one of those news stories that makes you ask, “What year is this?” Last week, fans of the Italian soccer team called Lazio posted stickers around Rome’s Stadio Olimpico. The stickers depicted Anne Frank wearing the shirt of Lazio’s rivals, Roma, along with various anti-Semitic slogans. Calling the rival team Jews was not

The Shabbos Project: When One Candle Inspires Another

October 26, 2017, by

The Shabbos Project. Ever since I saw the video about how the South African Jewish community, most of whom are not observant, came together to try out a Shabbos, I’ve been gripped by the idea. The pictures of hundreds of Jewish women baking challah on the streets of Johannesburg and the thousands that attended the

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