A Passover Primer

April 3, 2015 by Stacia Friedman

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By Stacia Friedman

When will you start eating? Not until the Red Sea parts. The Wise Son’s advice: 20 minutes before the seder starts, duck out to a Chinese restaurant and order a Happy Family . . .

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Hooray, Hooray! Persian Spring Begins Today!

March 20, 2015 by Nancy Weber

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On the last Wednesday before Nowruz, it’s traditional to build bonfires and jump over them; the act symbolizes not only crossing from one year to the next but turning illness into health.

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The World According to Weber: Loving Your Age—Just Do the Math

March 10, 2015 by Nancy Weber

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If you’re over 40, you’re definitely old enough to wear black pearls.

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Wednesday 5: Unconventional Stories About Love, Romance, and Sex

February 11, 2015 by Women's Voices For Change

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We culled the web for unconventional stories about love, romance, sex, and everything in between. We should warn you that some of these will make you feel warm and fuzzy, and some will make you cringe. Happy Valentine’s Day.

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December Romance: The Story of Ann and Jerry

February 10, 2015 by Deborah Harkins

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By Deborah Harkins

In her traditional white satin wedding gown, Ann Belkov made a stately entrance into the wedding hall. But when she saw her guests, she threw her arms out and cried, “AT LAST!” For, at 75, she was a first-time bride.

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Valentine’s Day: For the Love of Great Friendships

February 6, 2015 by Women's Voices For Change

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Let us take this opportunity to treat Valentine’s Day as the day for Great Friendships—a way to honor the invaluable sisterhood in our lives, the community of women who surround us with joy, laughter, friendship, and fellowship.

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Letters to My Younger Self: You’re Fine, Just As You Are

February 5, 2015 by Eleanore Wells

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By Eleanore Wells

Please, go ahead and settle into yourself. Your personality is what it is. Don’t waste another minute cringing about your social awkwardness. Just be who you are. You’re an introvert. You’re never really going to totally fix this, but it’s okay.

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Oy Vey! It’s Kosher Porn!

February 3, 2015 by Roz Warren

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By Roz Warren

The cover of “Kosher Porn” shows a sexy mensch who gazes at the reader with bedroom eyes . . . as he lights a menorah.

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Crossroads: Dire Straits in the Food Emporium

February 1, 2015 by Emily Kelting

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By Emily Kelting

My credit cards were declined. When a man behind me in the Food Emporium line (a fellow church member) had to step up and pay for my groceries, I knew this was my fork-in-the-road moment.

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Letters to My Younger Self: Be Open to Love in All Its Expressions

January 23, 2015 by Suzanne Russell

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By Suzanne Russell

Maybe certain types of love are more suitable to certain stages in life. Maybe intense passion is not sustainable. Maybe comfortable cooperation, respect, and shared values are the most important qualities for married life.

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Wednesday 5: Lessons from Women of Reinvention

December 31, 2014 by Women's Voices For Change

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There’s no better time for reflection than this moment of transition from the old to the new. In this special New Year’s Eve edition of Wednesday 5, we return to our popular Women of Reinvention series for its life-lessons and nuggets of wisdom. For some of us, reinventing ourselves is about survival; for others, it’s about new beginnings, or overcoming fear, or simply letting go of a past self and ushering in a new one.

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The Holiday That Still Delights

December 25, 2014 by Women's Voices For Change

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Even after 40 or 50 or 60 Christmases, family traditions can still warm the heart.

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THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES: A Holiday Mosaic

November 27, 2014 by Women's Voices For Change

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The scents, the songs, the family traditions, the quirky (but lovable) guests—these are life-enriching deposits in our memory banks. We asked “Women’s Voices” writers to look back over the years and share with us the Thanksgiving reflections that make them smile.

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On Emotional Health: I Was Not the Mother They Expected

October 30, 2014 by Barbara Fertig

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By Barbara Fertig

When I first went to work as a museum exhibit designer, I wore jumpsuits and drove a Volkswagon bus, and I remember my younger girl, then perhaps 7 or 8, saying plaintively, “Can’t we have a station wagon? Won’t you ever be a normal mother?”

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Molly Fisk: An Unmarried Woman

October 7, 2014 by Molly Fisk

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By Molly Fisk

I have an embarrassing suspicion that there’s magical thinking involved too, like the idea that if I’m not married, I won’t get to live happily ever after. None of those fairy tales ever said that the maiden aunt got to live happily ever after. Usually she was eaten by a wolf.

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