Patricia Raskin
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I am a student of words. Words are critical in my work and I use them carefully. Words have great impact, and I have experienced words that “burn in my brain” long after they have … more
The camp experience has never been more important for our children, and even adults. In our technology-laden world, camps provide a much-needed opportunity to bond in person, share values and … more
The month of Nisan is the first month in the Jewish calendar, which coincides with March-April on the civil alendar. The Torah calls the month of Nisan Hodesh ha-aviv, the month of … more
When I think about Mother’s Day, I think about my mother, my grandmothers and my daughter.  My grandmothers were both strong women, but so different – actually opposite. One was a … more
The mikveh is a Jewish ritual bath. Bathing in its water is part of a bride’s preparation for a wedding, setting the tone for spiritual intimacy in her marriage. It is a purification process … more
Stress is a large factor in creating disease, but, fortunately, it is also something we can work toward reducing in our lives.  In their article, “Prevention: Torah Perspectives … more
We all graduate in life. Whenever we learn a life lesson, we graduate to the next level. It may sometimes seem like we fall back when we learn a lesson, but the lesson is a graduation that moves us … more
For me Passover cleaning equates with spring cleaning. Technically, spring is almost here, but nature has its own timetable. This is a wonderful way to be gently inspired to clean out the cupboards, … more
by Patricia Raskin In keeping with the theme of Hanukkah greetings this issue, I looked at greetings and customs from around the world. In the article “Beyond Latkes: Hanukkah Around the … more
Ever since I was a little girl, I felt a special closeness to my father. We always understood each other, even though I disagreed with some of his observations and interpretations of the vicissitudes … more
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