Month: July 2018

What do I tell my daughters?

Dear Rabbi and Susan, After Adam and Eve eat and are questioned about the forbidden fruit, we read [in Genesis 3:16]: Unto the woman He said: ‘I will greatly multiply thy pain and thy travail; in pain thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over...

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Ancient Solutions for Modern Problems

Can you tell the difference between these two lists of questions? List A How do you build a self-driving car? What is the best way to treat breast cancer? What is the quickest way to get to New York from Los Angeles? How high can a skyscraper be built? What is the best way to...

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Everyone Homeschools – Even You

Maybe your children go to school. Maybe you don’t have children or they are no longer little. If you have breath in your body, you need to think of yourself as a homeschooler.  Learning is a lifetime occupation. Unless you want to be boring, bitter, unimaginative and stuck in a rut, keep learning. Whether you...

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Rest in Peace, Mrs. Ziglar

Some relationships are special blessings. For us, one of these was our friendship with Zig and Jean Ziglar.  Zig was the public face, but we had the privilege of meeting and spending time with “the Redhead” as well. There are countless number of people whose lives have been improved because they were touched by Zig...

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What Is This Page?

On my husband’s live chat podcast a while back, one listener asked for homeschool resources. My husband suggested that he ask me by writing in an Ask the Rabbi question on the topic, which he (and others) did. Rather than list resources in an Ask the Rabbi answer, I thought I might try something different....

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Watery Reminders

Our basement, like so many others in the Atlantic region, flooded during this week’s torrential rains. We are fortunate. Our damage was largely luggage, clothing, tools and other replaceable items. We stored very few pictures downstairs and after running the washing machine non-stop for a few days, clothing has been retrieved. Since—surprise, surprise—the flooding is...

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Why don’t you live in Israel?

I’m always wondering why your family never moved to Israel? Matt Susan and I did something unusual last week. While we always work on the Ask the Rabbi column together, our answers to this question diverge somewhat because of the different way each of us was raised. Susan answered this question in her Susan’s Musing...

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Letter to the Editor: Wall Street Journal

We submitted the following to the Wall Street Journal and  an abridged version appeared in the August 1, 2018 edition: I appreciated Liel Leibovitz’ article (Is Brett Kavanaugh Bad for the Jews? July 24, 2018 ) confirming that the Anti-Defamation League currently serves more as a partisan branch of the Democrat Party than fulfilling its...

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Don’t Disturb Me Now

“Don’t disturb me now!”  How often have we used that phrase?  Looking back, whenever we’ve muttered, “Don’t disturb me now,” hasn’t it usually been said to a child?   The years inevitably go by and eventually you wish that your child would disturb you now. Occasionally, we might say it to a spouse.  Then the...

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Why not Israel?

I love puzzles. Jigsaw puzzles, crossword puzzles, acrostics, Sudoku, logic puzzles…a book full of puzzles even keeps me somewhat content on a cross-country flight. I am telling you this to put into perspective my answer to a question that came to our Ask the Rabbi column. Matt asked, “I’m always wondering why your family never...

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