From Stressed Out to Slow Motion (36-Second Video of Me:)

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Am I a God-Like Giver or a Self-Absorbed Taker?

Am I a God-Like Giver or a Self-Absorbed Taker?

Rabbi Dessler wrote that God created us in order to give constantly, like He does. And that every single thing we do in life is either giving or taking. But it’s not always clear which is which. And since I read this a few days ago, I’ve been keeping track. And I’ve been struck by […]

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My Underdressed Daughter

My Underdressed Daughter

Yesterday my daughter left the house dressed in a manner that, if her teacher had seen her, would have gotten her sent to the principal’s office straight home.. I didn’t say anything, cause, well, she wouldn’t have listened anyway. And then this morning, as I was walking Yoni to kindergarten, I actually did see that […]

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Despite My Trouble Du Jour

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Viral Jewish Rapper Y. Shofario: From New Orleans’ Stages to Frum Fatherhood

Viral Jewish Rapper Y. Shofario: From New Orleans’ Stages to Frum Fatherhood

I met Yosef Packer (AKA Y. Shofario) a few years back because he’s my neighbor and the father of my son’s best friend. When we first met I discovered that Yosef and I have a lot in common. We both grew up in Baltimore. We’re both baalei teshuva. And (this was a real shocker for […]

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What Do You Name a Baby Born During the Covid-19 Pandemic?

What Do You Name a Baby Born During the Covid-19 Pandemic?

At an event last week, I met a mom named Aliza Harel and her adorable newborn son Amishav. The name Amishav, I found out, isn’t only unusual, it’s unique. To the best of Aliza’s knowledge, Amishav (meaning “My people have returned home”) is the first Amishav ever. Aliza told me that she and her husband, […]

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