Jewish Future

From the earliest moments you begin teaching your children life skills and values. Like brushing your teeth and being kind to others. Like reading and sharing toys. You teach them to drive and you teach them to have concern for those less fortunate. You do your best to teach them to be good people. As… Read More

Date Night

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What is the key to marriage? The answer, according to John Mordecai Gottman, a professor emeritus in psychology who is known for his work on marital stability, is friendship. Therefore, you might ask yourself, “How can I keep, build and maintain friendship in my marriage?” One method is to make time for each other with… Read More

Ask Mesila

Q: True or false? It is dangerous to encourage people to live with a strict budget. Recording every penny and constantly staying within a predetermined budget causes tension in the home. A: We disagree. Our experience has demonstrated that in homes with a budget, money is less of an issue than in homes where spending… Read More

What Is Love?

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We say “I love you” or “I love (fill in the blank)” so casually in our everyday lives that it becomes empty and insignificant. Many people say “I love pizza,” “I love brownies,” “I love working out (or maybe not),” “I love my car,” and recently I heard a teenager tell someone she had only… Read More

Enough

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On my daughter’s Twitter feed the Monday after the Navy Yard shooting: “Enough. #DCStrong.” I felt proud at her outrage and also sad because this is yet another in a long line of national violent tragedies our children have grown up knowing. Our children, who were babies, preschoolers during 9/11 — is this to be… Read More

Make A Deposit

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Many people enter marriage believing that it will fulfill their every need and all the things they have longed for. When we expect our spouses to fulfill us, we may be setting ourselves up for frustration, disappointment and unhappiness. On the other hand, successful couples look for opportunities to give to their spouses. Dr. John… Read More

Kindergarten Jitters (It Can’t Be Here Already!)

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Starting kindergarten can be an exciting but anxiety provoking time for both children and parents. For me, as my oldest daughter prepares to start kindergarten this year, it’s bittersweet. How can it have been over five years ago when she was born, and how can this day have come so soon?! Like it or not,… Read More

Bringing Music To The Needy

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Anyone who drives through downtown Baltimore has probably passed by the Perkins Homes. The six square blocks, which border Fells Point and Little Italy, are home to Baltimore’s largest public housing project. While most people likely keep their eyes on the road or play with smartphones as cabs drive them through, Baltimore native Kenny Liner,… Read More

Keeping Jewish Teens Involved

For many Jewish teens, the culmination of their involvement in Judaism comes at the age of 12 or 13 when they read their Torah portion and celebrate at their bar or bat mitzvah party. While some teens will go on to complete confirmation classes and may be involved with a Jewish youth group, many will… Read More

Building A Peaceful Home

Healthy marriages make healthy children I believe that most couples get married wanting and believing that their relationship will be filled with shalom, peace. But couples inevitably have conflicts that cause strife in their relationship. The days of fun dates and the honeymoon can turn into the daily grind of cleaning, cooking and changing diapers.