Year: 2020

Hocus Focus: Wave Those Priests

Artist Jacob Kurtzberg, later known as Jack Kirby, once told an interviewer that he was inspired to create the comic book character The Incredible Hulk after seeing a mother lift a car off her injured child. Though I do not know that this was the event Kirby witnessed, the Associated Press reported a 1982 incident...

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Happy Anniversary!

A year ago, our daughter Rebecca began a What’s App group to share her thoughts on Torah and Parenting. Over the year, I have shared many of her teachings with Practical Parenting readers after editing them to make them available to those without a strong Hebrew and ancient Jewish wisdom background. I hope you enjoy...

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Hi Ho, Hi Ho, It’s Off to Work We Go

For thirty years, Sue Shellenbarger has been writing the Work and Family column for the Wall Street Journal and I have always enjoyed reading her words. This past week, she penned a farewell article summing up what she sees as advances for working parents as well as areas where she sees problems looming. I found...

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Cheating thoughts vs. cheating actions

Dear Rabbi and Susan, Is cheating in thoughts as bad as bad as cheating in reality? And how does one drive away those sinful thoughts? Kind regards, Julia Dear Julia, A piece of useful parenting information is to avoid phrases such as, “You’re such a good girl.” Obviously, it is a terrible mistake to tell...

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It’s Fettuccini, Not a Kidney by Randy Weiss

Jim Weiss’ recordings are among my favorite homeschooling and mothering resources. For decades, this master storyteller’s work, produced with his wife Randy, have been favorite gifts for our children and now grandchildren. They range from CDs or downloads meant for four-year-olds to those that are more suitable for high school and up. If you aren’t...

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The Gift of Deprivation

One of our darling daughters (henceforth DD) recently told me the following story. DD had taken four of her daughters, ages 5-11, clothing shopping. When she was checking out, the store proprietor pointed to a bowl of chocolate coins and told her that each chocolate had a discount coupon inside the wrapper. Picking one, our...

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Rain, Rain Don’t Go Away

I just received a wonderfully welcome gift—a warm and wooly winter coat. With winter wheezing its cold breath over most of the northern hemisphere it couldn’t be more timely.  In my neighborhood, it’s time to think of snow.  Put snow tires on the cars; get ready to shovel snow from the sidewalk, and make sure...

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Worry Less About anti-Semitism

Was the attack in Monsey, NY, on December 29, 2019, an anti-Semitic attack? How about the increasingly frequent attacks on Hasidic Jews, as happened recently in Jersey City or the numerous incidents that are taking place in Borough Park, NY, or the shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh in October 2018, or...

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I want to be smart in my charitable giving. Can you help?

Dear Rabbi and Susan, I have a question for you and I hope you can guide me through with ancient wisdom. Let’s say that  I have decided to donate  a certain portion of my income to charitable causes… So one day while standing in the pharmacy I see a person in need to get medicines...

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