Category: Lectures

  My daughter says I write about food a lot. Is that any surprise to you? After all, we eat a lot!!! We also think about food a lot.  And talk about food a lot. In fact, it seems the only time we’re not talking about eating is when we’re talking about -‘not eating’!! You…

By: Suri Stern Can anyone forget the scene in The Sound of Music, when Fraulein Maria takes the Von Trapp children on a boat, and they are so excited to see their father, they all stand up at once and topple the boat over and fall into the water fully clothed and happy as can…

On Shabbos between Passover and Shavuoth it is customary to recite Pirkei Avoth/Ethics of our Father.  In this weeks chapter, there is the following partial verse:  “Akavia ben Mahalalel says Consider three things and you will not come into the grip of sin:  Know whence you came, whither you go and before whom you will…

I guess it would be smart to walk in to our guest room once in a while and lie down on the bed and think, could I actually sleep in here? Have I at least tried to make it the best accommodation that I can? I know I can’t meet every adult’s requirements, but can I step it up a bit. Add a variety of pillows. Buy newer, softer, fresher bedding. Make sure the blinds work -not every neighbor needs to know that my guest is getting dressed!

A complete stranger is practically lying in my lap. My feet are suspended over his or her head. After all, where else am I going to put them? I’ve got earplugs in my ears, an eye mask over my eyes and yet sleep completely alludes me. I call out, “anyone have a Xanax”? About 55…

Hanukkah reminds us that we have the power to repel the darkness with light. Feel the darkness surround me. We are tired of the cruel murders; the savage shootings, the car ramming’s and barbaric stabbings. As I write, the funeral of Ezra Schwartz is coming to its final moments. I pray that by the time…

What are real deal breakers in a relationship? What’s the greatest deal breaker when it comes to seeking a partner? According to the Wall Street Journal, the biggest turn off for both women and men was “disheveled or unclean” followed closely by “lazy” and “too needy.” A recent series of studies cited in the WSJ…

Invite everyone you know- no keep it small?  Have the beautiful view of the water- no the bigger dance floor?   Use the caterer with a flare -no -the less expensive caterer!  These are some of the struggles, and yes, even arguments you go through planning a wedding and that’s before you even get the other…