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Setting and respecting boundariesDear Ella, My daughter Steph recently blessed us with a second grandchild, a sister for Lucas. Of course I wanted to help anyway I could, so I...read more...
The saddest lesson on the last day of schoolTo celebrate our daughters’ triumphant report cards on the last day of school, Erev Hofesh HaGadol, our family was on the way to a restaurant...read more...
Going viral over #BringBackOurBoysBarely an event can happen nowadays – from trivial to tragic – without it being noted and commented upon on social media sites. Shortly...read more...
Independence starts at what age?The day before I gave him independence, my son and I took the bus and the subway together. I paid for the tickets, guided him along the route and...read more...
Conversion enriches the Jewish PeopleShavuot is past, but its lessons continue. This year our Tikkun Leil Shavuot – the nighttime study for the holiday – focused on...read more...
The wide road of JudaismOver the last five months, I’ve had opportunity to visit the 14 Jewish day schools affiliated with UJA Federation of Greater Toronto. These...read more...
A new lexicon for the Middle EastFor some, the failure of the last round of Israeli-Palestinian talks was the chronicle of a death foretold. Neither of the regional leaders had the...read more...
Unity government is a contradiction that won’t lastIn the immediate aftermath of the formation June 2 of the Fatah-Hamas “unity” government – consisting of non-political “...read more...
Remembering Naomi ShemerWhen Naomi Shemer died 10 years ago this month, fans of Israeli music lost one of the most beloved and prolific songwriters Israel has ever produced...read more...
Take back controlDear Ella, After my divorce, I met Julia. She helped me through my depression when I gained 30 pounds. Julia says I’ll lose it when I’m...read more...

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