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Ask Helen

A Nosh of Jewish Wisdom: Health is wealth. If you want family togetherness, make it fun Dear Helen: I’m a nerdy middle-schooler who’s more into people than gadgets, clothes or social media. My parents got divorced five years ago when I was in elementary school. Now they’re OK around each other after they each married…

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High Holidays Good Time to Redefine Priorities

Dear Helen: It’s been a long time since I’ve been a good practicing Jew. I support my synagogue financially and I attend the High Holiday services, but it’s mostly to connect with family and clients, not because I’m truly drawn towards a deeper relationship with religion. But one of my best friends has just been…

Early Visitors Can't Expect Perfect Hospitality

Dear Helen: Aaarghhh! What does one do with visitors who arrive early? I’m not talking about the occasional party guest who shows up while you’re still making hors d’oeuvres, but out- of-towners who announce that their schedule has changed and they’ll be showing up on a Thursday instead of a Friday! This happened last weekend,…

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Ask Helen: Let Backsliding Friends Know You Care

Dear Helen: I had lunch last week with someone I’ve known professionally for 15 years and seen through a divorce, substance abuse, car accidents (related to drinking) and other traumas. He’s done the same for me, but I have never abused anything except caffeine. We’re friends in a professional way, and he has absolutely made…

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Ask Helen

Dear Helen: My life is stuck. I need 2013 advice that’s more than just join a gym and change your job. I need those but I also need a deeper makeover! Ready Dear Ready: Virtually no big change is linear, consistent or fast. Most folks start with some simple prayers: Make it easy. Make it…

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