Parenting with Joy Sarah Pachter Ah…silence. It was September 2020. My kids had just started school, and for the first time in several months, I was able to enjoy a quiet meal with no “background” noise. There were no toddlers pulling on my clothing, no…

Sarah’s Corner: Parenting with Joy

From Yeshiva to Diplomacy: An interview with Consul General Dr. Hillel Newman By Sarah Pachter Now more than ever, Israel is in the headlines —for making historical peace agreements, rapidly administering COVID-19 vaccinations, and for technological breakthroughs, among other achievements. Recently, The Jewish Home was…

From Yeshiva to Diplomacy: An interview with Consul General Dr. Hillel Newman

Dear Readers, The Megillah is a perfect source of inspiration for times such as these. In those days everything seemed upside down. The devastating decree happened at a time when a Yid was Queen and Mordechai occupied a position as a top advisor who had…

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Queen Esther Revisited –a Heroic Story of Personal Transformation Alanna Apfel One of the things that I appreciate most about Judaism is that with each Yom Tov, we have the opportunity to take time and reflect on our lives. With Purim being the anniversary that…

Queen Esther Revisited –a Heroic Story of Personal Transformation

Inspiration During Difficult Times Sarah Pachter It was almost a year ago when Los Angeles County announced the Stay At Home order due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Needless to say, this year has been a challenging one for most of us. Although we are all…

Sarah’s Corner: Inspiration During Difficult Times

Dear Readers, The famed chassid Reb Binyamin Kletzker used to relate that his first interaction with Chassidim was watching Reb Zalman Zezmer during Parshas Zachor. He was awestruck by the visible expression of hatred toward the accursed nation of Amalek and what they represent. What’s…

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A Princess Without a Crown by Jenna Maio Reviewed by Sarah Pachter A Princess Without a Crown, by Jenna Maio, is an inspiring memoir about a young woman’s journey towards Orthodox Judaism. Jenna grew up on Long Island, less than a mile away from the…

Book Review: A Princess Without a Crown by Jenna Maio

Imagination Creates Chemistry Sarah Pachter “It is our imagination which is responsible for love, not the other person.” Marcel Proust Kelly shared the story of her very first conversation with Jeff, her now husband. A mutual friend suggested the match, and Jeff was given Kelly’s…

Sarah’s Corner: Imagination Creates Chemistry

Dear Readers, In this week’s Parsha we read how the Yidden didn’t return to Mitzraim after 3 days as Moshe Rabbeinu said they would. They also didn’t return the objects they borrowed from the Mitzri’im. Was this not a Chilul Hashem? Is it a Chilul…

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Big People, Big Problems Sarah Pachter Little kid, little problems. Big kid, big problems. When children are young, a big concern may be figuring out which foods to offer picky infants or how to baby-proof the house for a rambunctious toddler. As children age parental…

Sarah’s Corner: Big People, Big Problems

Ten Steps to Transforming Shame and Building Self-Esteem Rabbi Dov Heller, LMFT Shame is the emotional experience underlying low self-esteem. It’s that awful feeling generated by perceiving one’s self as bad, defective, incompetent, unattractive. Everyone experiences shame from time to time. I meet someone I…

Emotional Health: Ten Steps to Transforming Shame and Building Self-Esteem

Dear Readers, In the oral history of my family there’s a description of my great grandfather, R’ Uziel Chazanow, a’h, arguing with his siblings about the virtue of communism. They felt it was a liberating movement that would finally get rid of the czar and…

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Book Review:  I’m Not the Boss, I Just Work Here by Howard Jonas Reviewed by Sarah Pachter I’m Not the Boss I Just Work Here, by Howard Jonas, is a compelling memoir that serves as inspiration for those looking to achieve financial success and spiritual…

Book Review: I’m Not the Boss, I Just Work Here by Howard Jonas

Everything Has A Price Sarah Pachter At the beginning of my marriage, one evening my husband came home with a shopping bag from a local New York City market. We lived in a beautiful neighborhood, but there were no kosher stores nearby. I opened the…

Sarah’s Corner: Everything Has A Price