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Sarah Pachter One afternoon I was making a bundt cake and, unfortunately, I botched it. Despite the fact that I used PAM for baking, it did not come out of the pan evenly. I was rather annoyed, but I resolved to figure out a way…

Torah Musings: The Other Side of the Cake

Rabbi Pinchas Gruman In Bamidbar 35:32-33, we read, “Do not accept atonement compensation for one who has fled to his refuge city, to allow him to return to live in the land before the death of the kohen [gadol]. Do not flatter the land in…

Jewish Thought: Individual Versus State

Practical Parenting

Dear Dr T., I really don’t like the way my son goes about his business. When he wants something – a favor, a privilege, an item – he doesn’t come straight out and ask for it. Instead, he convinces the other person that it’s for…

Proactive Parenting: Manipulation

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Beryl Tritel, LMSW Family. Everyone has an opinion about this word. After all, we all come from one, and we hopefully will create a new one, as well. Whether you are part of a close-knit family, or one that likes to keep their distance, there…

Diary of a BT: The Family of My Dreams

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Dear Readers, On the words in this week’s parshah (Devarim 1:17), “… for the judgement is upon the L-rd…” Rashi explains, “Whatever you unjustly take from one, you will oblige Me to return to him. Consequently you have perverted a judgment against me.” In the…

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Edited and translated by Michael Haruni, introduction by Rabbi Dr. Nathan Lopes Cordozo Nevarech Press 2016 Reviewed by Rebecca Klempner The new Nehalel beChol adds an unfamiliar twist to the prayer book: photos. Many readers may recall the outstanding Nevarech bentcher; loaded with color photographs…

Book Review: Nehalel beChol

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Yehudis Litvak KosherQuest, the website of the Kosher Information Bureau, has recently released its first app, available for both Android and iOS operating systems. The new app makes it easier for kosher consumers to identify kosher products on the go, right as they are shopping.…

New App Helps Kosher Consumers Shop

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Sarah Pachter My father-in-law flew to Sao Paulo, Brazil, in order to deliver a medical lecture. He drove with a friend through the city streets, and was shocked by what he saw: People sat on the side of the street, covered in dirt, with tattered clothing…

Torah Musings: Is that a Lamborghini!?!

Practical Parenting

Dear Dr. T., “I need…” “Mom please…” “I want…” “Get me…” That’s about all that I hear from my eleven year old daughter. I wasn’t born yesterday, and I do understand peer pressure. I know that kids have more “stuff” today than we did, but…

Ask Dr. T: Gimme

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Dear Readers, “The word of Bilam son of Be’or… Your tents are so good, O Yaakov! Your dwellings O Israel! He will crouch and lie down (in his land) like a lion, an awesome lion… Those who bless you will be blessed… A star will…

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Rabbi Arye D. Gordon Last week, the Los Angeles community had the distinct honor and privilege to welcome the Boyaner Rebbe, Harav Nachum Dov Brayer shlita, on his first official visit to L.A. The impetus for the Rebbe’s visit was the opportunity to participate in…

Los Angeles Welcomes the Boyaner Rebbe

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Sarah Pachter One evening, an attendee of a lecture of mine approached me and said, “Sarah, I am dating a guy, and he is amazing! He is everything I have been praying for. It is as if G-d took my ‘wish list’ and handed my…

Torah Musings: Facebook Reality

Alanna Fine, MSW “Shalom*, why are your parents divorced?” I overheard my son’s friend ask him during a playdate. And the questions continued: “What does divorce mean?” “Where is your father?” At that point, I felt the need to intervene. A large part of me…

Op-Ed: What I Wish You Knew About Divorce 

Practical Parenting

Dear Dr. T, “Maaaa, I’m bored! What should I do?” This is the part of summer I like least. Not that I don’t deserve it. I remember complaining to my parents all the time. But seriously, after all my planning, running around, and shlepping, it…

Ask Dr. T: Summer Woes

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Beryl Tritel, LMSW I became religious when I was in college. I decided to go to the school that I did because it had a large Jewish population and a Jewish feel to the place. I was entranced with the idea of going to a…

Diary of a BT

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Dear Readers, Summer vacation – nice weather, people more relaxed, extra time on our hands. Perfect time to internalize the accomplishments of the past year. The first eight months are mainly spent toiling at work. Meetings, checklists, focusing on accomplishing as many goals as we…

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