November 24, 2014 / 2nd of Kislev, 5775
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Dan Brosgol

  • There's so much awful news out of Israel recently that it's painful to even summarize. An infant run over at a light rail station. Soldiers run over waiting for a bus. A man stabbed in the back with a screwdriver. Four people shot and hacked to death in a synagogue during morning prayers this morning.

    It is impossible to forget these heinous acts of terror.

    At the same time, life goes on in face of, and despite, the ultimate evil of terrorism and the twin specters of a nuclear ...

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  • Remember the 15-minute Rosh Hashanah dinner?

    Today I bring you something even better. The four-minute, no-butter pumpkin spice muffin- aka the perfect way to get rid of the Cheshvan blues. This recipe makes 12 muffins, which means half of them are gone in my house at dinner, and the other half are gone by the time I make lunches the next morning.  

    That’s a long way of saying that you should double this recipe if you have five or more kids… although I b...

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  • It's worth noting that there was a time in pre-history before DVR. Program the way-back machine to go a little farther back into the 1990s and there was even an age before TiVo.

    Don't get me wrong. I love DVR. Despite my attempts at time alchemy I haven't figured out a way to increase the number of hours in a day, so I'm stuck trying to cram in every activity, sport, work endeavor, and (gasp) time with my wife into that damned 24-hour construct. The DVR allows me to imbibe NCIS...

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  • If I had a million billion 4 billion dollars

    Do you watch TV? If you’re like me, you haven’t been in recent weeks. I mean the TV has been on, but it’s more like football (and everything else) is just on in between campaign ads. The deluge of “I’m-candidate-X-and-I-approved-this-message” and “here’s-the-real-story-behind-so-and-so” is entirely out of hand. How out of hand? How about $4 billion dollars’ worth of out of hand for a midter...

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  • The new season of Israeli soccer began last month and so far it’s been a season without too many surprises. Here’s the list of predictable things:

    1. The usual three suspects are at the top of the table, as HaPoel Kiryat Shmonah, Maccabi Tel Aviv, and HaPoel Be’er Sheva are bunched together within two points of each other.
    2. Eran Zahavi is leading the league in goals, having netted seven in just six games so far. Zahavi scored 29 goals last year, leading the le...
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  • There are certain ideas about life and kids that are axiomatic.

    Parenting is hard. (100% true)

    Marriage requires hard work. (100% true)

    Teenagers are notoriously difficult.

    Stop for a second. And read this article from the January edition of New York Magazine. Then come back to finish this post.

    If you cheated, then let me paraphrase the main thesis: kids are feeling just fine as they grow up. In fact, one of the preeminent researchers on puberty and adolescence, Lau...

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  • People who always seem happy amaze me. I also have a lot of respect for those folks who can maintain an even keel through difficult times. But there’s a special place in my heart reserved for Bill Belichick, who brings a whole different perspective to his interactions with the world.

    His snorts, scoffs, disdainful grunts, and curt replies to reporters are the stuff of legend, but my personal favorite was at last night’s post-game press conference. Bill was asked if the win over Cin...

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  • Oh fancy hipster Rosh Hashanah dinner recipes, how I love thee. I read you and can only dream of cool kitchen appliances and going to Whole Foods, cruising the aisles for interesting ingredients, and slowly sipping adult beverages while pots simmer even more slowly on the stove.

    So for all you parents out there who are either working full time, driving your kids around all afternoon, or just haven’t had a chance to do any fancy shopping, here’s something that you can...

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  • To say that I’m a picky eater would be a gross understatement.

    I didn’t eat bananas until I was 25, I didn’t eat avocados until a few years later, and I generally steer well clear of condiments and sauces. It was so real that as I kid I would set up “barrier rice” on my plate to keep juices and sauces from contaminating the pristine rice on the other side of my plate. I liked, and continue to like, what I like, and I can’t help it: I...

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  • On September 11, 2001 I was one whole week into my professional career. I was an assistant teacher in a day school, had recently spent a very hot Labor Day weekend in Burlington, Vermont, and was a few months removed from returning from Israel and the Second Intifada. After a year spent in Israel that was punctuated by a litany of terror attacks and suicide bombings all over the country, including the horrific Dolphinarium attack the week before I left, coming home to the safety of...

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Fantastic, as always. Do you remember the joke going around a month ago?: Man asks rabbi what to do about watching baseball playoffs on Yom Kippur. Rabbi: DVR it. Man: You can DVR Yom Kippur?!
#FOMOJ: Fear Of Missing Out On Judaism