Monthly Archives: December 2017

Seven Guidelines for Restoring Broken Relationships. . . Maybe

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This is a time of year when many of us are thinking of broken relationships, especially but not solely family relationships. And many of us long deeply or even fleetingly for reconciliation with those from whom have been estranged. This is one of the areas where we try and help make a difference here at…

Let’s Not Get Strange About Christmas, Shall We?

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This post is republished from December 6, 2013. It was very popular then, and should also get some good traction again this year. Enjoy!  When I was a kid, and there were still knights in shining armor,  Maid Marian was kid Marian, Robin hadn’t gotten his hood, and the Sheriff of Nottingham was just learning…

Seven Guidelines for a Survivable Christmas Party

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It’s happening: They’re having a Christmas party at your office, and you are Jewish, and you prefer Santa to Jesus this time of year. You are intermarried and you are Jewish and you have to make an appearance at your inlaws’ home or the home of others in the family, and it’s all so Christmas-y…

Avraham’s Laugh and Ours

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In Hebrew he is known as Avram, and later Avraham. In English, he’s Abram, and later Abraham. And in the Bible we see him as an old man laughing. Here is why: 15 God said to Avraham, “As for Sarai your wife, you are not to call her Sarai [mockery]; her name is to be Sarah…