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Finding a kidney for a transplant is not easy. I know because I am one of 100,000-plus people on the waiting list for a deceased donor kidney. 

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Now that your last child has left home, are you wondering if downsizing is a good idea? Are you torn between leaving your home and making some changes that would give you what you think you need and want?

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Like it or hate it, there is no avoiding it. The summer months are upon us and we know exactly what that means. Soon, our days will be spent solely in the pool or in an air-conditioned room. We will use oven mitts to drive and our mantra of “it’s a dry heat” will echo throughout the city. It…

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Summer is around the corner and that familiar, unforgiving, Phoenix heat is coming with it. While lounging by a pool is always an option, sometimes only the power of a movie theater’s industrial air conditioner can cool everyone down. The only questions are, what’s playing now? What’s coming…

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As the glorious weather precedes the spring equinox, chants of, “This is why we live here” can be heard throughout the Valley of the Sun. For Phoenicians, amnesia is bliss, as we repress all memory of those triple-digit days. Knowing how precious time and the mild temperatures are, let’s cel…

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In the 1840s, Moishe Zvi Lewensohn heard that the Messiah would soon come, and he moved to a small piece of land in the Middle East — then called Palestine under Turkish rule — to await the arrival.

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As American business enters the 21st century, old methods are being replaced with the new. Nowhere is this more evident than in key employee and business owner compensation, and specifically in deferred compensation planning. 

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Yesterday, while I was shopping in one of my favorite department stores, Dorothy the cashier and I began talking about simple things that make people happy. Her eyes lit up and she said, “I bought myself a wonderful gift when I was on my lunch break today. I stopped at one of the mall access…

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There was no question that the Danskys of Livingston, New Jersey, were going to have their children bar and bat mitzvahed. There was also no question of joining a synagogue to do so. “We’re not that religious,” explained Tracy Dansky, a mother of three. 

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The invitations were sent. The table was set with “beagles” and lox. The cake, frosted with words that read “Muzzle Tov Sade,” was ready for feasting.

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I have been to more than a dozen Passover seders. I know the Four Questions by heart. Neither of these facts might seem so surprising, but — as most people I’ve interviewed for these pages already know — I’m not Jewish. So my level of knowledge is somewhat surprising.

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I wish I could freeze time right now.  Just hold on to this sacred space a bit longer.  

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If you’re planning to do remodeling for an aging relative or friend, their budget for changes may be too limited to take on huge projects. But there are important changes you can add to your home or theirs to improve safety and make life easier.

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One of the biggest problems with the week of Pesach is that so much of the food is so heavy. Eggs, oil, matzah meal and meat — lots and lots of meat and chicken and then maybe some more meat.

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Nearly every Jewish holiday puts food and wine at the center of the celebration. There is a common phrase that describes Jewish holidays: “They tried to kill us, we survived, let’s eat.” A good meal, however, is certainly incomplete without a fine wine to go along with it.

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As Passover approaches, hosts often have a laser focus on the menu. This is understandable and appropriate, given that the seder is, first and foremost, a ritual meal. But true balabustas also keep an eye on the table settings and seating arrangements.

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We asked an Arizona energy and building expert, John Wesley Miller of Tucson, to suggest eight sensible ideas for making an existing house more sustainable.

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Does your child hate to read? Are you frustrated that they would rather play on their phone or watch TV? Are you tired of arguing about reading? If so, you’re not alone. Many parents struggle with a reluctant reader.

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The summer before my daughter’s junior year of high school, a pile of college look books covered our front table. It was a collection of magazines and postcards with clever slogans and beautiful photos of other people’s happy, healthy and presumably smart children who were now advertising th…

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Dr. Amy Winkelstein is a pediatrician respected by peers and parents alike. Her younger patients, however, are not always so impressed, as one 4-year-old patient made clear with a question for the doctor. 

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March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, so it is time to dish the scoop on poop. 

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When we think of mental health issues in seniors, Alzheimer’s and dementia are at the forefront of our thoughts, conversations and research. But there is another silent killer that poses the biggest threat to senior mental health — depression.

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There are elements nearly all weddings have — an exchange of vows, food and drinks, dancing. But what if you want to add a bit of flair?

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I swear, my heart doubles in size every time I see my children connecting with one another in a meaningful way. Eye contact, an authentic smile, a shared inside joke. Snorts and gulps of hiccupped laughter as they try to catch their breaths. Sibling relationships are layered. They’re complic…

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About 49 percent of children in grades four through 12 — or half — report being bullied by other students at school at least once during the past month, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And, the CDC reports, children with special needs are at higher risk of being …

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When a devastating wildfire last November almost completely destroyed two historic Jewish summer camps in Malibu, campers were left wondering whether there would be any place for them to go this summer. There is.

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Jewish News is now accepting nominations from our readers for Best of Jewish Phoenix: Home & Design, to be published May 2019.

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Maybe you’ve done successful DIY projects before, and you’ve always yearned to try laying tile. Probably you have several places in your home where you’d love to pull up the worn-out carpeting and lay tile instead.

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Feng shui and the Bajaro Method can be joined to create the perfect combination for harmonizing the environment in which we live and work. 

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My Aunt Viv, of blessed memory, attended a conversational Hebrew class for most of her entire adult life.  Once a week the students gathered and discussed current events, culture and family, entirely in Hebrew.  I was always in awe of Aunt Viv’s self-discipline and dedication, but what I now…

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The Atlanta-based Center for Israel Education will convene its second Israel seminar this spring to deliver historical context and state-of-the-art educational and experiential methods to Jewish summer camp staffers.

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