Thursday, September 3, 2015 Elul 19, 5775

Have yourself a diverse and inclusive holiday, say those who celebrate both
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Aaron Passman, JE Feature
The Kesack home in Maple Glen is adorned with a 5-foot-high menorah, dreidels and various other Chanukah paraphernalia. Some of it even hangs along with snowmen and lights on the Christmas tree in the middle of the family's living room. "We do Chanukah, and we do the commercial aspects of Christmas," said Andrea Kesack, who is raising her three young...
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By:
George Medovoy, JE Feature
A crowd begins to gather for the famous fish toss -- the main act at the Pike Place Fish Market in Seattle. First, you choose a fish on a bed of ice. Then, one of the fish mongers -- a fellow in rubber overalls who's as much an actor as he is a seller of fish -- calls out to...
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By:
Dr. H. Michael Zal, JE Feature
Are you interested in discovering ways to feel better about yourself? Self-esteem is a big issue out there these days. Negative feelings and distorted perspectives eclipse individuals' potential. Poor self-esteem often goes back to messages people received in childhood. To help my patients grow, I cultivate ways to improve how they feel about themselves, and encourage all of the following...
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By:
Rachel Mahan, JE Feature
With so much interest in running for good health, is it better to do so barefoot? Are there any improvements to be had by doffing shoes while on the track? "There's no question that you can run barefoot and be extremely healthy," says Daniel Lieberman, who studies the evolution of human anatomy at Harvard University. "Clearly, our feet evolved to...
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And it wasn't for good behavior: Battling materialism at the holidays
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​Lauren Kramer, JE Feature
We've all heard it before -- the "Mom-I-really-need-this" plea from our children. What exactly "this" is varies with age and influence, and sometimes, it really is a legitimate need. Yet more often than not, it's something that will occupy them briefly before being discarded in favor of a newer, more urgently coveted item. Materialism has become the scourge of American...
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