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Chaya Shuchat

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Though we’re viscerally aware of the negative effects of gossip, how many of us can say that we’ve never indulged in it ourselves?
Discovering the Small Alef
For the moment, my heart overflows with pride as I witness her burgeoning independence, her sense of self. I know that in a few months or years from now, these traits may not always seem so endearing, but for now, I kvell.
Sometimes our mistake has devastating consequences. In just a moment of thoughtlessness, lives are shattered. The damage is irreversible. Relationships are severed, reputations sullied beyond repair.
How do we break free of our limitations, when those limitations have their way of imposing themselves upon us, like it or not? Can we just wish reality away?
When the Jewish people are counted, the greatest and most distinguished is counted exactly the same as the most lowly and simple.
But in the midst of the chaos and aggravation, there is a little phrase I hold on to that helps me keep my sanity.
They were sisters but also rivals—married to the same man, competing for his affection and for the privilege of bearing his children. In this week’s Parshah, Jacob meets Rachel, loves her, and works for her father Laban for seven years to earn her hand in...
Is privacy going extinct in the digital age? It seems none of our personal data can be considered safe anymore.
The miracles that both Sarah and Rebecca experienced represent the power they had to draw holiness into this world and to extend that holiness beyond the boundaries of their own homes.
Over the years, through trial and error and discussions with many mothers, I have come up with a number of techniques that make Yom Kippur with young children not only survivable, but a meaningful and spiritual experience.
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