Monday, December 29, 2014 Tevet 7, 5775

What to do with the detritus from relationships
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Roy S. Gutterman, JE Feature
As I shifted the boxes and debris on my desk, I sifted through some small piles of old newspaper and magazine clippings. The stuff had accumulated on my desk for at least a year or two. A self-confessed pack rat, I'm not an outright slob. I straighten up my room every now and then, frequently clean it with Windex and...
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Ben G. Frank, JE Feature
Want to see how life should be lived and enjoyed? When you land in Greece, the birthplace of Western civilization, motor into Athens and walk under the clear blue sky through the Plaka section, which is the old town at the base of the Acropolis. Sitting and chatting leisurely with friends, listening to rousing Greek music, relaxing in the coolness...
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Using unusually rigorous scientific conditions and measures, Johns Hopkins researchers have shown that the active agent in "sacred mushrooms" can induce mystical/spiritual experiences descriptively identical to spontaneous ones people have reported for centuries. The resulting experiences apparently prompt positive changes in behavior and attitude that last several months, at least. The agent -- a plant alkaloid called psilocybin -- mimics...
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A University of Illinois at Chicago study reveals a link between smoking during pregnancy and very early-childhood behavior problems. The research, published in the July/August issue of the journal Child Development, found that 2-year-olds regularly exposed to cigarette smoke in utero were nearly 12 times more likely to show clinical levels of behavior problems compared to toddlers who were not...
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In the summer of 2002 -- some 35 years after its founding -- the Reconstructionist movement got into the Jewish camping business. For decades, other religious denominations had considered summer camps vital for developing a strong sense of Jewish identity and inspiring the next generation of leaders. Now, four years after following suit, the Jewish Reconstructionist Federation has officially moved...
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