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Do Orthodox Jews Have An Obesity Problem?

ט׳ בכסלו ה׳תשע״ח (November 27, 2017) |

When I started my conversion process seven years ago, I immediately noticed something: Jews love food.

I grew up in a white, middle-class American family. My background is a mishmash of English, Irish, German, and Scottish. In my home, food was never emphasized. It was more like something you simply needed to get by.

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Is the Satmar Hasidic Documentary “One of Us” All of Us?

ג׳ בכסלו ה׳תשע״ח (November 21, 2017) | | One Comment

I recently watched the Netflix documentary “One of Us,” which follows three people who have chosen to leave the Satmar community in New York.

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I Got Colitis, So I Completely Transformed My Lifestyle

ט״ז במרחשון ה׳תשע״ח (November 5, 2017) |

I’ve never had a strong stomach. Since I was a child, I’ve often experienced painful stomach attacks out of the blue. My stomach would feel like someone was stabbing a knife into it. I never considered that I was allergic to foods of any kind, nor did I put two and two together that perhaps some foods might be triggering my stomach problems. Read More

Four Common Misconceptions About the Flu Vaccine

י״ג במרחשון ה׳תשע״ח (November 2, 2017) |

The flu is one of life’s great miseries. Up until the development of the vaccine, it was not uncommon for this annual menace to cause thousands of deaths each year.

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True Jewish Modesty Can Protect Against Sexual Harassment

ו׳ במרחשון ה׳תשע״ח (October 26, 2017) |

For a long time, I’ve heard people preaching the importance of dressing with tzniut (modesty) and telling girls that it’s important to cover up so that they don’t give the boys any reason to stare at them. And I’ve never been comfortable with that idea. Read More

Me Too: Jewish Women Reveal their Sexual Assault and Harassment Experiences

כ״ח בתשרי ה׳תשע״ח (October 18, 2017) |

Years ago, when Jill Moray Reichman was in her early 20s, she was working a summer job as a receptionist.

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I Got Breast Cancer, Like Many Ashkenazi Women, And Here’s What I Learned About Genetic Testing

כ״ו בתשרי ה׳תשע״ח (October 16, 2017) |

This past summer, I was diagnosed with breast cancer.

It came as a total surprise because there had been no symptoms. I felt healthy, and I had no family history of the illness. I’m 41, an age where, Read More

How Jewish Mompreneurs Can Survive the Holidays

י״ג בתשרי ה׳תשע״ח (October 3, 2017) |

As I am sitting and writing this article, I am feeding my two-month-old baby with one hand and typing with the other.

I have a pot on the stove, vegetables chopped on the counter waiting for my attention, a big Read More

7 Tips for Getting Through the Yom Kippur Fast

ז׳ בתשרי ה׳תשע״ח (September 27, 2017) |

The Torah and Jewish laws were, many times, way ahead of modern day science. We know today that the occasional fast is healthy for the body and provides the digestive system with an opportunity to rest, detox, and reboot. And Read More

5 Ways to Avoid Overeating During the Jewish High Holidays and Shabbat

כ״ח באלול ה׳תשע״ז (September 19, 2017) |

For most of us, the Jewish High Holidays and Shabbat look something like this:

Pray (a lot of sitting, some standing).

Eat (could involve entire loaves of bread, bottles of wine, and a variety of meats, carbs, and of course Read More