Pen-Pals

My first grade teacher and I are pen-pals. (Snail mail, ink and paper pen-pals). We’ve been writing letters since she retired and moved down South, some thirteen years ago. Before she moved away at the end of her last year teaching, my former first grade teacher visited each of the …

On Exercise

Do you work out? I have an undeniable couch potato track record (sneaking away from sports in camp, cutting gym class in high school) but recently, I’ve been taking a more serious look at fitness. Other than the game of belts in elementary school (remember that?), I shied away from all …

What Are You Learning Now?

Are you learning anything interesting? My Partner in Torah and I recently started Living Beyond Time, by Rabbi Pinchas Stolper (after finishing this book). It’s a collection of essays about the deeper meaning of the moadim. We are really enjoying but because we want to pace it to read each section …

On Finances

Your single years are a great time to get on track financially. It’s not necessarily fun to think about money, but it is a good idea to get a sense of where you are holding financially, what your goals are, and how you are going to reach them. Then you …

Wedding Gift Tips

It’s definitely wedding season. Here are some tips for choosing and buying wedding presents:   As we’ve said, people do prefer gifts off their registries. Bed, Bath, and Beyond is a really popular place for registering, and here’s a great tip: if you go straight to customer service in any …

Giving Blood

Have you ever given blood? My first time was during the spring of my seminary year. A friend invited me along to Tachana Merkazit (Central Bus Station) where Magen David Adom had a donation center set up. I had thought of donating before but never found out where to go so …