(Mostly) Wordless Wednesday

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(Mostly) Wordless Wednesday

 

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Ease your Holiday Frustration by Thinking Ahead

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There is an ice cream truck called “Christmas in July” that roams my neighborhood and has an unfortunate habit of parking itself somewhere outside my window with its music on. If there’s one thing I don’t need, it’s the sound of a mechanical bell playing “Frosty the Snowman” floating into my home office, forcing me to think of winter when I’m not ready to let go of summer.

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So what are you wearing to temple?

Rosh Hashanah (pronounced rush-ah-shah-nah), as anyone brought up in a Jewish home will know, is one of the “big” Jewish holidays. It signifies the beginning of the New Year on the Jewish calendar and is, for the most part, a “happy” holiday. Yom Kippur (yahm-kip-or) a holiday that immediately follows Rosh Hashanah, is a “day of atonement” and a more solemn holy day. Even members of the Jewish faith who might not otherwise attend synagogue services, will try to make a point of going to temple on these two holidays.

As children, in what seems like a million years ago, I can remember that my “fashionista” friends and I walked to temple adorning one of  the new fall school “outfits” we had literally begged our parents to buy for us in any given year. This, of course, was in the days when a “middle class” actually existed and the earned “allowance” of $25 could buy you three new school ensembles.

Alexander’s, on Fordham Road in the Bronx, was the place to get your money’s worth then, and Rosh Hashanah services was the goto occasion to parade around in one of those outfits and, of course, pray a little — not so much for atonement as for a sunny September day with low humidity. (God forbid you had to walk to temple, reach your destination with frizzy hair and ruin your fall fashion debut.) Continue reading…

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Make Saving Lives Fashionable

While October — traditionally Breast Cancer Awareness (BCA) month — comes and goes, breast cancer unfortunately, isn’t quite taking a long leave of absence just yet. It seems as though everyone knows someone whose lives have been affected by breast cancer in one way or another. Even with the knowledge that early detection — via mammography and breast exams — has improved the chances of surviving breast cancer, many women still fail to schedule their mammography exam and, hence, place their lives at risk. But, it doesn’t have to be that way. Continue reading…

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