Opening Thoughts

October 10, 2013

“How are you handling it?” It’s the first question people ask me now, referring to my every-other-week commute from Kansas City to Baltimore. I smile and say how fortunate I am and that it all works out. Except when it doesn’t. Like when my flight was delayed for seven hours and then canceled on erev, CONTINUE »

October 3, 2013

Having been a professional journalist for almost six years now, I am hopelessly addicted to telling stories. I love the variety in subject matter and getting to meet all kinds of people. Every now and then, I get to write a story that really stops me in my tracks. In this week’s issue of the CONTINUE »

BY Maayan Jaffe
September 25, 2013

In 2012, almost 700,000 immigrants became U.S. citizens. Practically speaking, that means these people passed a citizens exam, and their legal status changed. But I wonder how long it takes for these people to feel American? Can it happen before the formal stamp of legitimacy, which takes about five years? Will it take several years CONTINUE »

September 18, 2013

“Good things come to those who wait.” Do you remember that Heinz ketchup commercial? It was such a good message, one of which I was recently reminded. Sherri Zaslow, director of marketing and sales for Tudor Heights, had been hounding me for months to come and see the facility. For months, I did not make CONTINUE »

BY Maayan Jaffe
September 12, 2013

On Yom Kippur, we acknowledge the mistakes that we have made, and we regret having squandered some of our potential. And while we must make a firm commitment to God and to ourselves not to repeat the harmful action in the future and doing teshuva in combination with Yom Kippur atones for sins against God, CONTINUE »