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Your Questions
Why Get Married?

Marriage has been getting a bad rap lately, and it’s entirely unjustified. Decades of studies on human wellbeing provide the same conclusions consistently . . .
By the Numbers
13 Hanukkah Facts Every Jew Should Know

Become an expert on this widely celebrated but barely understood Jewish festival.
10 Questions: Take the Jewish Daily Routine Quiz

Take this quiz to see how well you know the various mitzvot that are done daily in the life of a Jew.
Chanukah on the Horizon
A Pet Shelter, a Tin Menorah, and an Averted Suicide

He rarely experienced kindness from strangers, and the little menorah had brought so much light to his life. Perhaps, he thought, they could help him.
Saved by an Arab Angel

I will never forget that night, five years ago, when my husband and I almost died. It was an event of pure terror coupled with the deepest faith in G-d. Even now, so many years later, tears come to my eyes when I speak about it.
How I Will Have a Happy Solo Chanukah

Novelty has given way to boredom. Excitement to anxiety. It’s become the staycation that never ends. How can I feel joy during this Festival of Lights when I’m home alone again?
Parshah
So You Want to be Spiritual? Proceed with Caution

Sometimes it’s just a camel when it’s supposed to be a cow. A non-kosher offering to a pagan god.
The Peril of Perfection

In this world, we cannot attain absolute perfection, absolute truth, or absolute good. What is required of us is an incredibly difficult form of existence. We must live continually with partial truth, which stems from compromise.
Women
Taking G-d With Me on a Fishing Trip (and Throughout My Day)

I am working on taking Him with me wherever I go and to make Him relevant in every part of my life, even the mundane parts.
How COVID-19 Has Helped Improve My Marriage

I had become a firm believer in the maxim: “Absence makes the heart grow fonder.” And then eveything changed.
Lifestyle
Crispy Carrot-Parsnip Latkes

A potter does not examine defective vessels, because a single blow would break them. What then does he examine? Only the sound vessels, for he will not break them even with many blows. Similarly, G-d tests not the wicked but the righteous.
— Midrash Rabbah
Print Magazine

There are two kinds of places where life might take you. 

Life might take you to a good and happy place, and all the darkness in your world flees before your light. 

That’s the light of Shabbat candles.

But sometimes life might take you to a cold and dark place that seems forever. 

You might kick and scream, “Get me...