Category Archives: March 2020


Growing up, my favorite community holiday was Purim. We’d get together with the other Chabadniks (my very secular Israeli father insisted we only attend services entirely in Hebrew), there was always a magician, everyone would dress up, and all the attendees were boisterous and friendly. Years later, I realized that the friendliness was due in large part to the congregation’s ... Read More »

Treat Yo’ Self

The term “self-care” was added to the dictionary recently in 2017, but it’s not a new phenomenon. From loving ourselves first so we can love others (“Love your neighbor as yourself”) to refraining from work and other stressors (Shabbat), self-care is a significant part of Judaism. It’s not selfish or self-indulgent. It’s about prioritizing our physical, emotional, spiritual, and mental ... Read More »

Say What?

If your family seems not to hear a word you say, you’re not alone. Social science researchers will tell you that the tendency to mentally tune-out the people closest to us is a phenomenon known as “closeness-communication bias.” The tendency stems from a family member’s confidence that they can anticipate what you’re going to say before you say it. And ... Read More »

Celebrate Each Day!

“It is what we make out of what we have, not what we are given, that separates one person from another.” —Nelson Mandela Waking up every morning is cause for celebration! A brand new day, filled with sunshine (or inclement weather), food, human interaction and often, love. We are truly blessed to experience the beauty of each new day, to ... Read More »

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