Month: July 2019

Listening with Someone Else’s Ears

Do you have words that serve as a form of shorthand when used among your family and friends? Yet, heard by those not in-the-know, those words are easily misinterpreted. As fans of Arthur Ransome’s charming book, Swallows and Amazons, our family adopted a sentence that appears early in the story. On summer holiday in the...

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Differing Sex Drives

Dear Rabbi Lapin and Susan, I was talking to a friend the other day and he made the statement, “When I meet God, I’m going to ask him why he created men and women with such different sex drives.” I immediately thought of forwarding the question to you. Please let me know what ancient Jewish...

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Going for the Jugular

Have you ever seen a five-year-old stamp her foot and declare, “No! I will not”? Whether it is parents in a family, political heads of a country, executive officers in a business enterprise or captains of ships like the Bounty, challenges to leadership come with the territory.  Part of effective parenting is to help your...

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