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Editorial & Commentary

We live in a youth culture that idolizes youth and prizes innovation. Judaism, however, while recognizing the benefits of youth, vaunts the wisdom and experience of old age, and urges us to respect and listen to the older generation.
9 Ways Judaism Teaches Us to Be Kind to Animals
The Torah instructs us to be kind to animals, and to treat them with respect and consideration because they are creations of G‑d.
Seven Ways to Look Like a Jew
We’ve all heard the expression, “Funny you don’t look Jewish,” or “I knew you were Jewish by just looking at you.” Jews seem to have internal radar for identifying one another. It isn’t just a Semitic appearance or the Je ne sais quoi of Jewishness. It is, actually, the neshamathe Jewish “soul” radiating outwards that we recognize in each other.
Phone Charger? Spiritual Boost!
We need to plug in. We need to recharge our spiritual batteries. What good is our life and our actions in this world if they are devoid of spiritual energy?
Pearls Back in Style? Their Preciousness Never Left!
The natural process that forms pearls is something many of us can relate to.
10 Ways to Be Happy Right Now
There are two ways to live life: focus on what you lack (and you’ll be miserable) or focus on what you have (and you’ll be happy). It’s as simple as that.
4 Ways to Find Balance
Modern women feel pulled in too many directions.
Noticing Moments of Grace
I usually focus more on the more powerful nuclear reactions, where there is a very evident immediate effect. But who is to say that these subtle moments of grace are not at least as powerful, if not more so?
Shalom, Shalo! My Husband’s New ‘Miraculous’ Caretaker
If the pragmatic circumstances of Shalo’s life gave me pause, the physical crises he had endured and wondrously overcome from birth onward completely bowled me over.
How to Be Happy
Life is hard. So many painful, disturbing and distressing events occur to us and to the world around us. Can we really be joyful in this kind of environment?
Why the Rabbi's Wife Is Off-Limits (And Will Stay That Way)
Did you know that there are no outright jokes about a rebbetzin? Are rebbetzins taboo?
How Missing My Flight Back Home Turned Me in the Right Direction
So many times in my life I had planned out my future, and so many times I had been handed the unexpected. It struck me at that moment that I was experiencing the hand of G‑d literally reaching into my life and changing the course of my future.
5 Misconceptions About Keeping Kosher
With a little education—and a lot of help, support and advice from friends and others in my life—I decided to take the kosher plunge.
A Feeling of Nostalgia . . . A Feeling of Home
What is that smell I love . . . the smell that cries out to my soul? It’s the smell of Shabbat cooking, whether it’s matzah-ball soup or Moroccan fish, cholent, t’fina or kibbe hamda. It’s that smell of something special and familiar. The smell of Shabbat. The smell of home.
5 Concrete Ways to Wake Up Full of Energy
To be Jewish is to understand that there is much to do, that time is fleeting, and that each day affords us the priceless gift of life.
Life’s Little Challenges: How You Envision This Very Moment
The trait of a good eye is not just about seeing others with a good eye, but about seeing life in general with a good eye.