Saturday, April 4, 2020
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Judy Gruen


Buddy, Can You Spare a Chicken?

I was late getting the memo that we Jews had jumped aboard the insane food-hoarding train. When I finally elbowed my way into the...

Does This Hat Make Me Look Orthodox?

While shopping at Target one day, a man pushing a cart filled with household items sidled over to me and asked, “Do you know...

Unleashing My Inner Marie Kondo

I keep few secrets from my husband, Jeff. The most incriminating activities that he might discover — if I were not careful — involve...

Orthodox Community Confronts Obsession With Technology

Our heavy reliance on smartphones and the internet exacts a heavy toll. It damages our ability to think, learn and retain information. Our communication...

The Cake Topper

They stand arm-in-arm, expressions thoughtful. The groom, in his tuxedo, holds his top hat across his lower belly like a shield. The bride, in...

Missing the Patriotic Spirit on the Fourth of July

Last week, my husband and I were invited to join friends for the Fourth of July concert at the Hollywood Bowl. We were excited...

Why Choosing a Torah Path Is So Hard to Explain

Orthodox Jews like me often must try to explain our beliefs and practices to those who hold many misconceptions about Judaism. A Christian colleague once...

Laughter Is Serious Business

As a kid, I wanted to be Erma Bombeck when I grew up. With book titles such as “If Life Is a Bowl of...

Gifts From Jerusalem

I arrived in Jerusalem on Yom HaZikaron, the day of remembrance for fallen soldiers. Despite the day’s somberness, little Israeli flags waved cheerfully from...

Politics Claims Another Friendship

My friendship with “Caroline” had been fading for years when, on a whim, I clicked on her Facebook page. When I landed there, I...

The Universal Appeal of the Charedi World in ‘Shtisel’

The Netflix show “Shtisel” is addictive to many viewers, as the phenomenally popular Israeli drama about a Charedi family living in the Geulah neighborhood...

The Inheritance

Editor's note: The following piece is a work of fiction. Gina sashayed her hips as she folded chopped apples into the cake batter, humming along...

Orthodox Union’s ‘Torah LA’ Spotlights Strengthening Family Ties

At a Dec. 14 Friday night tisch at Young Israel of Century City, Rabbi Moshe Weinberger of Aish Kodesh in Woodmere, N.Y., emphasized the...

Finding Light Through the Darkness After Pittsburgh

On a picture-perfect Sunday afternoon, the waitstaff were proffering trays of vegetarian egg rolls, mini hamburgers and other hors-d'oeuvres. The wedding guests were sipping...

Stop the Sloganeering on the Cereal Aisle

I used to enjoy grocery shopping as a pleasant, even relaxing diversion. It was a break from work, a chance to run into friends...

Making it Real on Rosh Hashanah

Too many of us these days are plagued with doubts about our self-worth. A rabbi I know who has counseled people for more than...

When Name Calling Is a Good Thing

As the cashier at the grocery store began to ring up my purchases, she glanced at me and asked, “Did you find everything you...

Atheist Meets Pesach

The only time in my family history when both sets of grandparents gathered together for Pesach seder, it was a disaster. Aside from having children...

25th Yartzeit of Rav A.H. Lapin recalls lessons of a great man

Three days before his sudden passing in the winter of 1991, Rabbi Avraham Hyam Lapin delivered what turned out to be a prophetic final Shabbat drasha to his congregation, Am Echad in San Jose, California.

After Trump: Can Bipartisan friendships be saved?

OK, I’ll come clean: I voted for Donald J. Trump. More accurately, I voted against Hillary Clinton.

Are you ready for an MBA?

Thinking of returning to school for an MBA? If so, you have lots of company. Highly ranked MBA — master of business administration — programs remain extremely competitive, despite the economic downturn. This is true not only for the full-time and part-time MBA programs that are geared toward people who have between two and eight years of work experience, but also for executive MBA programs tailored for more seasoned workers.

Kosher coaching fuses spirituality, nutrition

Do women and food always have to be locked in a complicated, co-dependent relationship? Not if Shimona Tzukernik and Miriam Wiener have anything to say about it.

Exodus from … too much stuff?

I once attended a class on Pesach preparation taught by a rabbi who told his all-female audience that the entire search for chametz outside the kitchen should take no longer than one hour, tops. This was an Orthodox rabbi, mind you, speaking to women who had been going mano a mano (so to speak) with the business side of a scrubbing sponge for days. This rabbi was never seen or heard from again, undoubtedly whisked away into the Kosher Witness Protection Program by colleagues who feared for his life.

Jungreis Doc Adds to Holocaust Legacy

Waiting for her flight to take off from Denver to New York, Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis is on the phone doing what she does best: speaking from the heart about her lifelong mission to rekindle the connection between assimilated Jews and God.

Doctor Turns Cancer Victory Into Oncology Career

At the beginning of his senior year in high school, Amir Steinberg attended Yom Kippur services with his family in Houston and listened to what has since become known in their family as “the bitachon sermon,” referring to the Hebrew word for trust or faith.

Equip Tween Girls, They’ll Defy Sexualized Images

In September 2004, Dove did something radical for a player in the beauty industry: it launched an ad campaign that didn’t feature the typical size 0 model. Instead, it featured real women who clearly defied the starlet-skinny chic that had come to represent the media “ideal” of the female form.

Looking for a few good men — or at least one

When my friend Lisa dropped by to report on her blind date, clutching a bottle of antacids and sporting a brand-new twitch in her eye, I sensed that it hadn\'t gone well.

After 40, it’s all maintenance

The other day at the gym, the teacher sent us to the wall for a set of standing push-ups. \"Place your hands on the wall at breast level,\" she instructed. I placed my hands on the wall at breast level. I saw that my hands were headed for the Gulf of Mexico.

Semper Fiber

Too-frequent weigh-ins can sabotage any diet efforts, because a woman\'s weight is a mysterious, jumpy, undependable thing that does not follow any known laws of nature. Over-weighing would lead to stress. Stress would slow down my metabolism, which was already prone to sleeping in late.

Time warp again? Take a step toward tradition

On her big day, Yael spoke with maturity and depth about the concepts of oz and hadar, strength and splendor, for which the Jewish woman is praised in Eishet Chayil. She explained that this is the kind of strength that springs from faith in God and from the courage of one\'s convictions.

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Forgot How Good ‘The Prince of Egypt’ Is? Well, Now It’s On Hulu.

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