Wednesday, November 13, 2019


Life Is for the Birds

With the radical change of weather in the past few weeks we have had the opportunity to sit on our back deck and watch the birds which are being nourished each day by our bird feeder. The scurrying of activity is fascinating. Red, brown, blue and black, they push each other over in order to get their chance to have a peck. The enemy seems

The Presidential Race Heats Up!

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, citizens of these United States of America… I have an announcement. I have come to the realization that a malaise has been plaguing our dear country, a malaise of turmoil and taxation and broken healthcare websites. I believe that we as citizens have a job—nay, have a duty—to fix our

New ‘Inside Out’ Film Features Quirky Animation, Charming Pre-Teen

Pixar’s newest animated movie, Inside Out, hit theaters on June 19. If packed theaters, quirky animation, and the allure of seeing movies in Imax 3D haven’t convinced you to see this movie, I hope this review does.

Inside Out begins by taking viewers inside the mind of

A Teacher’s Creed

[This drash was scheduled to be delivered on Shabbat at CAJE26, in Fort Collins, CO at Colorado State University. Due to the birth of Chana Elke bat Ari Zvi, the author’s granddaughter, it was not presented at CAJE. It is being presented here in print in honor of her graduation from Yavneh Academy.*]

Mindfulness in the Classroom

Mindfulness is getting a lot of attention these days. We read about it in our newspapers and our magazines. We hear how celebrities, professional athletes, corporate executives and even politicians are embracing the age-old art and science of mindfulness. Universities are teaching it and scientists are researching it. But while

Five Towns’ Famed ‘Debbie’s Closet’ Boutique Newly Available Online

Walking into Cedarhurst’s well-known Debbie’s Closet, visitors can’t help but be impressed by its large selection and stock of multiple styles of stylish and modest skirts, tops and more. What’s even more exciting is that Debbie’s Closet will now be available and fully stocked online.

Why Credit Card Churning Can Be So Valuable, and Why Chase Is Starting to Crack Down

If you are like me, you are the kind of person who has a hobby, and if you want to know what mine is, it’s credit card churning. Credit card churning is the “art” of applying for and receiving multiple credit card approvals for their hefty sign-up bonuses for the purpose of earning miles and points towards upcoming personal, business

Fear of the Water: Swimming Lessons Do Not Suffice

Welcome to Summer! With the advent of summer camps, the kids are bursting with anticipation for the diverse recreational opportunities that camps offer—a major one being swimming, water-based activities, and other events that revolve around an environment of water. Many kids crave the water instructional and sports

Preventing and Responding to Child Sexual Abuse in the Jewish Community

In my work as a psychotherapist over the years, I’ve treated and counseled many Jewish and non-Jewish victims and perpetrators of sexual abuse. Moreover, I’ve received specialized training in evaluating sex offenders to determine the likelihood that they will commit another sex offense.

With the

Blazing Your Own Path to Success

Did you ever look around in amazement at people who have achieved extraordinary things, yet don’t appear to be all that extraordinary? These are people who have greatly succeeded in business, in politics, in the arts, in sports or in some other space, but in many respects seem pretty much on par with you (or even inferior to you) in terms

Summer Entertaining Ideas to Keep Your Cool

(StatePoint) Hosting warm-weather gatherings is a perfect way to spend time with friends and family in summer. Reduce stress by following these four simple tips for a great summer soiree that both you and your guests will enjoy.

Pick a Theme

Three Secrets to Creating the ‘Shabby Chic’ Wedding of Your Dreams

(BPT) Wedding trends come and go, driven by many cultural influences, but few are as enduring and romantic as shabby chic/shabby glam. With its perfect combination of elegance and softness, bright sparkles and gentle hues, a shabby chic wedding complements the individuality and beauty of brides of every age and walk of life. And,