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From Callous to Caring: The Key to Jewish Compassion

I never thought of myself  as a callous person, and yet, I can’t deny that there were times when I was just too “busy” to stop and treat certain situations with the importance they deserved. Like on the morning of September 11, 2001, when my mom (who has a tendency to over-worry) called to report […]

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Born This Way, But Commanded To Change

This morning, when I walked into the kitchen, my husband gave me the derisive look you give someone when you’ve asked them to do the same thing 5,247 times, yet they’re still ignoring you. “Can you PLEASE stop leaving your cereal bowl by the couch at night?!” I like to eat before-bed cereal. It’s a […]

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Pour Out Your Kindness Like Water

I’ll call her Lindsay in order to protect the innocent; the only one really guilty of anything was me. You see, I found Lindsay to be annoying — like really, really annoying. The very sight of her drinking water made my skin crawl. Well, it wasn’t just the way she drank the water, it was […]

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Why Is Thanking Your Parents So Hard?

My parents made me a big bat mitzvah – like black-tie-affair-on-a-yacht-cruising-around-Manhattan-harbor-with-a-hundred-and-fifty-of-our-closest-family-and-friends big. But they weren’t just the people that planned the party and paid for it. They saw me through all my years of Hebrew school and bat mitzvah lessons. They helped me write my speeches and made me practice them. And although we had […]

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