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“Can I buy Pepper Spray?”

That’s what my 12 year old asked me yesterday. Apparently, lots of the girls in her school now have their own canister, and my kid was up on all the different prices and sizes, and wanted me to get her a ‘1 ounce-er’. Apart from the…
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The Calm Before the Storm

After Wednesday’s twin terror attacks in Jerusalem, I went a bit weird and kind of shut down a little ( I know I’m not alone…) In one of the huge ironies of this week, I’ve been reading a book called ‘Does Stress Damage the Brain?’…
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This world is not the place of the Jews

One of the things that made a huge impact on me when I was reading The Unfinished Diary: A chronicle of tears was the author’s comments on why the Jews were suffering so much in the Holocaust. Writing in a Polish barn hideaway where he’d…
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A Quiet Shabbat

So the big question for me on Shabbat was this: go to the Kotel for Friday night prayers like I always do, or not? Friday morning, I went for a long walk via Geula to Machane Yehuda to buy stuff for Shabbat, and it seemed to me like something…
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Seeking Relief in Ikea

In London, IKEA was top of the list of places I hated going. I hated the traffic jams to get there, I hated the enormous crowd of people you had to fight through just to shop, and I REALLY hated the two hour waits to pay for your stuff and get…

More Uman Stories

One of the tangentially really cool things about sending your husband to Uman for Rosh Hashana is that he always comes back with a few interesting stories. A few years’ ago, there was the near death experience story of the 70-something secular…