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I was always taught that a sanctuary had to have a window in it so we could see outside. Only then would we be able to understand our Judaism in the context of greater creation.

I was always taught that a sanctuary had to have a window in it so we could see outside. Only then would we be able to understand our Judaism in the context of greater creation.

As the Jewish High Holidays near, we begin to take the time to reflect, recharge and renew ourselves for the year to come. Last year, Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, for many of us, were observed at home as the pandemic prevented us from being in-person at our congregations. We experienced a d…

It is Erev Rosh Hashanah and you’re in Israel, 6,000 miles away from home. It is the first year that you are not having dinner with your extended family at your aunt’s house before going to temple and you are fondly remembering those evenings with your parents, your brother and your closest …

Being a brand-new mom who has spent most of her mom-life quarantined with a new baby, my daily routine has been about as smooth as my son’s sleeping schedule. Keeping the stress down to healthy levels is hard enough without a pandemic. With the High Holidays just around the corner, I can fee…

Holiday time is no stranger to stress. The anticipation of seeing friends and loved ones in person again, preparing traditional meals and keeping the strength up to last through lengthy services can create some anxiety. As a seasoned rebbitzin and nationally-certified Pilates teacher I have …

“For a little while I forsake you, But with vast love, I will bring you back. In slight anger, for a moment, I hid my face from you; but with kindness everlasting, I will take you back in love.” (Isaiah 54:7-10)

With the High Holidays nearly upon us, many of us are preparing for the traditions of these Days of Awe, and at the same time some of us are providing care for an aging loved one as family caregivers. This year family caregivers are contemplating the difficulties of attending worship service…

Rosh Hashanah is one of my favorite Jewish holidays. There is such a beautiful renewal of spirit at this time of year. And I love that after a hot, quiet summer, where there’s been so little interaction with friends and family, we can all come together to celebrate a new year.

If there is one food that is almost always associated with celebrating Rosh Hashanah, it is the apple. Apples and honey represent sweetness for the coming year, and they’re in several traditional holiday desserts.

I have always been interested in the global Jewish community. My senior year at Brandeis University, I lived in a suite with a Colombian Jew, Russian Jew and Turkish Jew, and our friends were Jews from Mexico, France, Israel and Brazil. This diversity of Jewry piqued my interest, and later I…

Before the High Holidays last year, I reached out to community members for their favorite recipes to include in my Community Eats collection. I wasn’t surprised that kugel, an Ashkenazi Jewish baked pudding or casserole, was one of the most popular types of food submitted. While most of the …

You’ve likely heard of a story or two in which someone lost valuable property due to flood damage. Maybe one of the stories was even yours. Last month, Arizona broke rainfall records. If you did experience flood damage, having a flood insurance policy made a huge difference, and if you don’t…

Two weeks ago, on July 18, our 85-year-old father began having weakness that completely sapped him of his energy — he could barely move. Less than 24 hours later, we called 911 as his weakness led to a fall. We thought this all could be connected to a cardiac issue. He had a complete work-up…

During the pandemic, we found ourselves isolated to the confines of our homes. If we were lucky, we had a partner, maybe even a family, to share these stay-at-home orders. It was nice not to have to be alone during what would end up being a very scary time in our lives.

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What do former Arizona Governor Rose Mofford, actor Gary Coleman, writer Kurt Vonnegut and songwriter Leonard Cohen all have in common? Sadly, they all died from a fall.

During the pandemic, we have collectively increased awareness of what the experts in their fields had on their radar all along. The epidemiologists were predicting this pandemic. Public health experts have been bracing for problems caused by underfunded infrastructure. And health care expert…

Ellen Tuckman is currently gathering items for Cactus ORT’s auction on June 6. Among them are a set of luggage, a Waterford decanter, a one-week stay at a Caribbean hotel, restaurant and museum certificates and jewelry. The money raised at the Zoom auction will be sent directly to ORT Americ…

People often have trouble figuring out what kind of design will work best in their homes, and it can be overwhelming. To help people out on this front, I recently held a forum for consumers to discuss some of their biggest design issues. And it was fun getting together and discussing decorat…

It’s a busy day in the emergency room when an elderly lady with advanced dementia and pneumonia is wheeled in by ambulance. She is at death’s door. I introduce myself to her two daughters as the emergency physician and notify them of their mother’s critical condition.

This past year, COVID-19 created a lot of challenges for people as they navigated a new normal, both personally and professionally. One of the biggest changes for people is deciding where to spend their time and how to utilize their living spaces.

Benjamin Doherty liked the small, intimate pod system that Shemesh Camp at Martin Pear Jewish Community Center created last summer as a measure of protection against COVID-19. As a kid who can get easily overwhelmed by the chaos of large groups, the camp’s shift away from bigger cohorts work…

B’nai mitzvah ceremonies have transformed during the COVID-19 pandemic from crowded affairs to limited gatherings of friends and family. Over the past year people have become used to watching a Haftorah reading via Zoom instead of inside a sanctuary.

Last year was rough, but communities still banded together to support those in need. In August 2020, the crowdfunding platform GoFundMe had more than 16,000 active fundraising projects for small businesses affected by the coronavirus and hundreds of thousands more for individuals and familie…

As a career nomad I have had the joy of experiencing life from coast to coast. Each new job brought me to a new community in which to live and work. For some, the idea of making numerous cross-country moves over the span of five decades would be a frightening proposition. For me, it was the …

Inspired by her young grandson’s love of challah, Ellen Kahan Zager was spurred to write, illustrate and self-publish her children’s book, “Challah!” that could capture the joy he feels for his favorite food.

Many of us spend an enormous amount of time and energy in finding a love relationship. That can still be the case as we age. Whether we meet through friends, family, a synagogue, online or by happenstance, the quest to find “the one” consumes many anxious encounters with those who turn out t…

As the saying goes, “Aging isn’t for the faint of heart,” and fitness is how we make sure that our heart, and the rest of our body, stays strong. The list of fitness options is endless. The key is to find what you enjoy and keep moving.

When my sister and I were little and we visited my grandpa, all we thought he did was play cards and watch TV. We knew little about him besides his hobbies and that he was a loving grandpa. As it turns out, there was a reason for that. Most of the work he’d done in his life was classified. A…

Renowned Jewish photographer Zion Ozeri’s award-winning shots have appeared in The New York Times, Newsweek, The Jerusalem Report, Moment and The Economist, to name a few publications. After reviewing his pieces, Ozeri decided to create a virtual interactive Haggadah that highlights the dive…

Storytelling is a central feature of the Passover holiday. The imperative for Jews to retell our history assures that our children will never forget it.

I didn’t really know how good fresh vegetables could taste except when I experienced fresh romaine lettuce at my bubbe’s seder. I grew up in a home that was much more oriented towards canned vegetables, but fresh ones are a key ingredient in my cooking and my lifestyle now — not only at Pass…

When I was growing up, I never loved the dessert options during Passover. Between the canned macaroons and boxed cake mixes that used potato starch, the options really weren’t very impressive. Nothing ever tasted quite as good as desserts during the rest of the year.

There is nothing that says spring more than fresh asparagus, and when it’s used for this delicious asparagus matzah brei recipe, all is well with my world.

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