A place at the table

A place at the table

Opening up our homes and our hearts to guests By: Robert Sussman It was a late Friday morning, sometime between 10h00 and 11h00. Shavuos was to start Sunday night. I was at work when my wife called. We were living in a relatively small, out-of-town (meaning outside of the NY/NJ area) community in the US in which only a handful of people were on the list for having sleepover Shabbos guests. My wife had just been asked by the person who ran the sleepover guest list if we would be…

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From our table to yours

From our table to yours

Serving up some healthier Shabbos fare Text by Robert Sussman, Recipes by Chana Michla Sussman Call us ahead of our time. For the past few years, we’ve added a health theme to our annual Mind/Body/Soul issue, which just so happens to coincide each year with the Shabbos Project – and this year, healthy Shabbos cooking is on the Shabbos Project menu. So, once again, we’ve decided to serve up a smattering of things that we regularly serve in our home on Shabbos and Yom Tov, this time from the creative…

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Staying safe

Staying safe

You’re never too young or old to be safe and protect yourself – from all threats – and learning the skills to do this is possible at any age. It’s never too late to start learning a martial art, and it is never too soon to learn how to protect yourself from a bully on the playground. By Chandrea Serebro Fanchento – the way of the cobra When older people are asked if they think that they could offer themselves any form of self-defence or learn to do so, they…

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Keeping things hospitable

Keeping things hospitable

People and programmes committed to taking care of those in need By Chandrea Serebro Rabbi Mordechai Abraham and a woman from the Jewish community were sitting in the Linksfield Park Clinic when the manager approached him. It might sound like a bad start to a ‘A-Rabbi-walks-into-a-choose-your-own-scenario’ joke, but the only laughing part is the joy that would soon arise out of this chance encounter. The manager of the Linksfield Park Clinic approached Rabbi Abraham and asked, “Rabbi, would you like an office in the hospital?” True to form, Rabbi Abraham…

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A real-life Wonder Woman

A real-life Wonder Woman

Helping people affected by war and disaster By Chandrea Serebro When Gal Lusky needs some downtime, like every woman and mum, she doesn’t pick up a good book and put her feet up on the bed, while she loses herself in a world of fantasy. It’s from this world, the real world, that she is escaping, a dark and scary one filled with patches of light and hope. So when Gal wants to relax, she rents out a hotel room somewhere in the lush hillside of the Golan, so she…

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Use it or lose it

Use it or lose it

Allergic to the gym? Finding yourself lazier than ever before because you can’t face your running shoes – and not because of their aroma, either? Then this one is for you – we found some alternative forms of exercise guaranteed to get the blood pumping and the heart racing – out of excitement, rather than the usual dread… By Chandrea Serebro If you have ever tried to change the way you think about ergonomics and health, or even just tried sitting on a stability ball instead of a chair –…

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