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Feb 21, 2019, 4:02 PM
The stress of trying to be happy
It's Adar, be happy! Yay. Not much can stress a person as much as trying to be happy. That stress compounds when everybody around you is happy. Or, at least they appear to be. Consider a wedding. Weddings are the uber-simcha; "the...
Feb 15, 2019, 12:36 AM
Love Is Beautiful, But…
Can someone please tell me why Valentine’s Day is such a big deal here in Israel? Why the day is even celebrated at all? My first year here, when I saw the hearts dangling around the mall, the red balloons...
Sharona Margolin Halickman
Feb 1, 2019, 4:36 PM
Who was Chur?
In Parshat Mishpatim (Shmot 24:12-14) God asks Moshe to come up to Mount Sinai: God then said to Moshe, “Come up to Me to the mountain and remain there. I will give you the tablets of stone, the Torah and...
Jan 1, 2019, 2:32 AM
And The Bride and The Groom Shall Dance
…and the Bride and the Groom shall dance in the streets of Jerusalem. These words written by the Prophets Ezekiel, Isaiah and others have resonated through the millennia for the Jewish people. They represent the hope, dreams and aspirations...
Nov 19, 2018, 8:28 AM
Weddings, family, and friends
On the morning of our recent wedding, my then fiancé and I attended shul for our aufruf, where we were called up to the Torah. That day, we had the honor of sharing sponsorship of the kiddush luncheon with...
Oct 11, 2018, 10:41 AM
My blood is as red as yours
I have been an Israeli for a year, now, having made aliyah late in September 2017. I left my family behind in Cleveland, as well as family and friends elsewhere in the States, to make a new home with...
Helen Maryles Shankman
Sep 17, 2018, 7:52 AM
What do I wear to my daughter's wedding?
I wear black. Just black. All the time. But the bride wants me in gold
Sep 13, 2018, 11:47 AM
Why I’m having an Orthodox wedding
We're already married and we don't believe in God, but I want a chuppah and ketubah anyway
Aug 29, 2018, 3:17 PM
Winner – Meet The Chef Who Helps New Brides In The Kitchen For A New Year
Wow!!!! When I posted that Cindy's Corners was creating a unique Rosh Hashanah giveaway, I never imagined what a great response it would receive. Pereg Natural Food Company, Royal Wine Corporation, and other companies, businesses and organizations immediately contacted me...
Aug 14, 2018, 2:42 PM
5 tips for choosing eco-ish bridesmaid dresses
Bridesmaids are unique in that they stand by and complement the the bride. While the practice of bridesmaids is not widely followed in Israel in most circles, there is a need to find dresses that match your best friend’s...