Tuesday, July 29, 2014 Av 2, 5774
By:
Mara Sokolsky, JE Feature
When I was a little girl in Yiddish school, we read a touching Chanukah story by Aaron Maggid. It concerned the plight of European refugees who were trying to make their way to the Jewish homeland right after the Shoah. The story is set in a small fishing village in Eretz Yisrael. Little Miriam and her friends hear about the...
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By:
Mara Sokolsky, JE Feature
I've just finished unpacking my simcha suitcase. Due to the prodigious size of my husband's family, we're often en route to cities like New York, Minneapolis or San Francisco to attend yet another wedding or Bar/Bat Mitzvah. We have it down to a science: Nice outfits are hung in a garment bag, and everything else is divided into carry-ons. The...
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By:
Michelle Mostovy-Eisenberg, Staff Writer
Kids today face a considerable assortment of gadgets and technologies to master: cell phones, BlackBerrys, iPods and the vast world of the Internet. It's no wonder, then, that the young focus so much on material goods; if the majority of a child's friends have the latest appurtenances, chances are he or she will be asking for them, too. Add to...
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By:
Mara Sokolsky, JE Feature
All Hallow's Eve has come and gone. Jewish children, just like others, donned costumes and gorged themselves on sweets. Yet, since Halloween's goblins come from an old Celtic tradition, I can see why some frum families look askance at something that was originally concerned with the rising of the dead. Thanksgiving, though, is another matter. There's a theory among some...
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By:
Mara Sokolsky, JE Feature
Every August, we rendezvous with another couple at a former summer haunt for Boston Jews called Nantasket Beach. Once we've lowered ourselves onto our blankets and beach chairs, we start by catching up on our kids. This couple's two sons and our two daughters are the same age to the week. But this summer our children's news had to wait...
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