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Passover is a process that involves connecting, coalescing into a nation, conscientiously identifying what matters most, embracing the comfort that order brings, elevating the senses in the joy of experience, being enlivened and challenged by the power of meaningful inquiry and finding hope in the

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Passover is a process that involves connecting, coalescing into a nation, conscientiously identifying what matters most, embracing the comfort that order brings, elevating the senses in the joy of experience, being enlivened and challenged by the power of meaningful inquiry and finding hope in the

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I don’t feel sad that my father celebrated his 85th birthday last month with four other COVID-vaccinated family members. We know all too well that the pandemic prevented many people from reaching that milestone. When I asked my dad how he feels celebrating during a once-in-a-century pandemic…

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Have you ever tried caviar? It is an ultimately pure food delicacy of royal families. These tiny black and salty pearls are so appetizingly tasty in flavor and texture that people pay a considerable amount for just a small quantity. That’s why caviar is also renowned as “Black Gold.” Caviar …

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Risa Mallin, 79, isn’t used to staying at home. She was “busy, busy, busy” pre-pandemic. She went out with friends and out to lunch; she volunteered in the Jewish community; and she took care of her husband, who passed away in 2019.

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Linda Luth, 68, is not shy about telling her story of surviving cancer. But when she was approached last year by a friend to share it at 2nd Act’s annual fundraiser, she hesitated. She was vaguely familiar with the organization, which funds grants for cancer survivors, publishes their storie…

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While many of us may still be stuck working from our home office, that doesn’t mean you can’t invest in a quality seat cushion for your chair.

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Mirrors can show more than a reflection. For designing a home, mirrors can have a unique and exciting affect that enhances and significantly changes a room.

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Regina Goodman and Sam Spiegel’s first meeting and early relationship had many hallmarks of ordinary teenage love: friendship, flirting and finding ways to be alone together.

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My plan in 2020 was to create a private office space to meet and interview Jewish singles seeking a partner. Mitzvah Matchmaker, the complimentary Jewish matchmaking program I launched just a year earlier, was busier than ever.

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Shanah Tovah (pronounced shah- NAH toe-Vah) is the traditional Hebrew greeting for Rosh Hashanah. It translates to "good year."

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Living in a neighborhood sprinkled with short-term rentals hasn’t been so bad for Eric Awerbuch — for the most part. There have been two or three noisy nights in the roughly six years he’s lived in Park Scottsdale. He only had to call the police once, he said, when a group of rowdy renters i…

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Any investing comes with some risk attached to it. It doesn’t matter if you’re trading in the forex space or buying shares in a growing company; there’s always a chance that you could lose more cash than you earn. However, that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t be exploring the market.

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Businesses exist almost solely to make money. They are not moral or immoral. In reality, companies are amoral, meaning that they do not have morals. On the other hand, for businesses to be successful today and maximize their revenue, they need to look beyond the balance sheet. If companies c…

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Preparing and building a toddler's wardrobe is just as fun as getting ready for a baby's arrival. Only now, your little one can wear way more than snap-on onesies.

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There are several reasons to try a substitute for coffee. No matter what your needs are, they can indeed be met by a coffee alternative. Likewise, no matter what problems you are experiencing using coffee, they are almost guaranteed to subside once you’ve left coffee behind. Let’s look at a …

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If you love the freedom of a mini dress, but also the class and coverage of a maxi dress, you have to try this one out: the midi dress. Combining the best of both worlds, a midi dress offers you the long lines of a floor-length dress while simultaneously giving you the mobility that a mini d…

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Looking back over the last year of this pandemic, hindsight is 20/20. As I work daily to protect our aging seniors, the topic that I ponder most often is the paradox of our digital age.

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A 12-branch copper candelabra kindled on holidays by Jews in 18th-century Italy. Sheets of prayers handwritten in Hebrew by an unknown scribe in 15th-century Spain. An oven for baking matzah from 19th-century Portugal. A Passover Haggadah in Hebrew and Arabic from 18th-century Iraq, transpor…

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When we reflect on some of the past beauty trends, we usually think about beauty as something that should look effortless. Nobody wants to look like they are trying too hard. With the dawn of a new year, some beauty trends are going to rise to the surface. What are some of the top beauty tre…

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Preparing and building a toddler's wardrobe is just as fun as getting ready for a baby's arrival. Only now, your little one can wear much more than snap-on onesies.

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Jessica Nathan didn’t plan for a teaching career. Growing up Jewish in Bogota, Colombia, Nathan moved to the United States for school, earning a master’s degree in social work. That was the path she assumed she would stay on. Eventually, she grew restless and looked for a change.

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Cantor Seth Ettinger of Congregation Beth Israel spends his days leading people of all ages in song. Talking about music, creating music and helping others find meaning in music animates him. As a cantor, it’s all an integral part of his life.

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There is an emerging trend coming out of the martial arts, called "flow arts." The flow arts are seen as both an art form and a sorting activity, Some people have taken it on as a hobby, while for others it's more of an obsession.

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Video ads are easily one of the most effective formats for user engagement. The content in a video is more instantly relatable to prospective users than written content, and the movement in videos naturally draws the eye to this type of content. In fact, viewers are almost 30 times more like…

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Over the last couple of decades, people have become more and more aware of the many benefits of organic food as opposed to genetically modified and processed foods. Not only is it a smart move for your own health, but it is also a great way to help the health of the environment.

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Thankfully, more and more people now realize the importance of veterinary care and treatments for their pets. In the past few years, there has been an increasing awareness of the importance of pet vaccinations, getting regular checkups, and providing animals with basic medical necessities re…

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Beth Ames Swartz, 84, was honored recently at the Fifth Anniversary Shemer Honors Event. The Shemer Arts Center celebrated her for a successful 60-year artistic career, as well as being someone who encourages and assists aspiring artists.

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I find myself reminded during the COVID-19 pandemic of a silly riddle from my boyhood: What do men do standing up, women do sitting down and a dog does on three legs? Your hint is that Dr. Anthony Fauci said it may never come back.

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If you are looking for a way to control your periods and prevent pregnancy, you might have heard about something called an IUD. IUD stands for intrauterine device. This is a piece of plastic or metal that is shaped like a T. It is about the size of a quarter and it is placed inside the uteru…

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You may not realize just how much work your back does on a daily basis. The muscles in your back are responsible for not only protecting your spinal cord but also for providing support to the rest of your body. Therefore, when you develop back pain, this can lead to serious problems.

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Have you ever wondered how your life got so complicated? Do you look at your house, vehicles, bills, belongings, and all the others that make up your daily life and say you wish you could simplify things and get back to normal? If so, there's good news. All it takes is a little planning, a d…

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Running shorts are slowly replacing sweatpants as the newest pair of lounging bottoms that are both comfy and athletic wear. These shorts have taken the world by a storm due to their breezy fit and accessible nature.

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What is a cap table? A cap table is top-notch of your organization's protections (i.e., stock, choices, warrants, and so forth) and who claims those protections. A cap table should let you know "who possesses what." More unpredictable cap tables may likewise incorporate equations that model …

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Getting hair that you can simply flaunt wherever you go is something that everyone dreams of. Are you also one of those who are trying to achieve their dream hair? Well, if you also want silky and glorious hair that you can swing and flaunt like any model, then we have got you covered.

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The NBA is getting ready to start up again. Even though it feels like last season just ended, it is already time to get ready for the new year. There has been a lot of movement during the condensed NBA offseason. Furthermore, a lot of new draft picks are also ready to make their mark. Teams …

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Technology has changed the way people approach most fields. This includes the world of writing. When it comes to writing, many people used to get hired by in-house companies to handle marketing, blogging, articles or even technical writing. Now, many people are deciding to write from home. A…

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Our son Matt is 29. He’s smart, handsome, super kind and lives with autism. Imagine the frustration of not being able to find the words to describe what you want, speaking without being understood — or both.

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When we welcomed 2020, the East Valley Jewish Community Center had a full calendar of plans ready for the East Valley community. From adult education, family activities and interfaith discussions to community events, Israeli film screenings and holiday observances, the EVJCC was prepared to …

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Biosphere 2 is an enclosed, experimental ecological facility located in Oracle, AZ.  In the early 1990s, researchers recreated many of the conditions of life on Earth in the facility and sealed people, plants, and animals inside to evaluate their self-sufficiency in a controlled environment.…

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For some, Chanukah may be one of the most anticipated holidays on the Jewish calendar, as it is a time that revolves around playing games of dreidel and giving and receiving gifts. However, much of what we associate Chanukah with today, from latkes to presents to chocolate gelt, may be far m…

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Sometimes you reach a point in your life where you need a true personal transformation. Perhaps you have noticed your life is not going in the way you had always hoped it would. The thing about life is that you only get to do it once. So if you notice it is not exactly your best life, it is …

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When our daughter Melody was born, we were over the moon with joy. However, it was a tough delivery and our precious daughter spent eight days in the neonatal intensive care unit. As time went on, we discovered that Melody had developmental delays that would require a lifetime of care and at…

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