Arts & Life

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Some dog lovers celebrate their pets’ 13th birthdays by holding “bark mitzvahs®” — bar and bat mitzvah ceremonies for their animals
BY Marc Shapiro
July 3, 2013

It is arguably the most significant moment in a Jewish teenager’s life, marking adulthood, accountability and the ability to lead religious services. The bar/bat mitzvah is a rite of passage for which boys and girls spend months (sometimes years) preparing. But is this something our furry friends can do too? Enter the bark mitzvah®. Some CONTINUE »

Healthy marriages make healthy children
BY Lisa (Elisheva) Rabinowitz
July 3, 2013

When husbands and wives communicate their love for each other on a daily basis, they strengthen the foundation of their marriage. The expression “I love you” contains only three words, but for some spouses, it is hard to articulate these words. One of my clients stated, “My spouse knows how I feel, why do I CONTINUE »

July 3, 2013

Q: My 10-year-old daughter recently earned about $200 by helping at a day camp. To her, it seems like a fortune. She now wishes to use that money to buy herself extra junk food and the things she claims all of her friends have. It kills me to see her squandering her money, but she CONTINUE »

July 3, 2013

OU Kosher presents frequently asked questions to-date on the OU Kosher Hotline (212-613-8241) by consumers received for the summer. Questions may also be submitted to kosherq@ou.org. These questions are answered by Rabbi Benjamin Geiger, the voice of OU Kosher’s Consumer Hotline; the OU’s Webbe Rebbe; and Rabbi Eli Eleff, rabbinic coordinator and consumer relations administrator. CONTINUE »

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BY Maayan Jaffe |
July 3, 2013

Twenty years ago, Herschel Lazaroff was a businessman with a background in physics and psychology. He was healthy, but not overly. Then, in 1994, Lazaroff attended an energy workshop and was turned on to the field. He said at the workshop there was a woman who took pictures of people’s auras. She told him, “Your CONTINUE »