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Ask Helen: Vacation finances

Dear Helen: I agreed to go on vacation with a friend in another state. The place we chose was a compromise, as she is a doctor and I live on much more modest means. We agreed to go Dutch, though not to worry about splitting every meal down to the penny. I made reservations for…


ask helen: Find your strength during Passover

Dear Helen: Every year my sister tries to upstage me at Passover. We have a family tradition of alternating first and second nights. When she goes first she puts on such an ostentatious display that my seder feels small and average. She says she cooks everything herself, but I’m convinced she’s used a deli. When…


Ask Helen: This election is important

How can a Jew possibly consider voting for a bombastic, anti-Semitic bigot? Any candidate who demonizes people by religion or ethnicity should feel scarily familiar. I’m terrified that someone I’ve shared meals and conversation with could say so casually, “They’re both the same, and I like that he’s not a politico.” I’m not a blind…


Ask Helen: Vacation Blues

A Nosh of Jewish Wisdom: A fool is a person who trusts another fool. Dear Helen: I started my current job 325 days ago, doing fun engineering work, though for employers who flaunt their political conservatism. My wife and I got a sudden chance to go on an amazing 10-day tandem bike trip because two…


Ask Helen: Help mom plan for future before crisis

Dear Helen: I’m terrified. I’m headed to Detroit tomorrow to have “The Talk” with my 82-year-old mother. She’s lived independently/semi-independently her entire life. My father died when she was 50. For the last 10 years my youngest sister has been living with her, making sure Mom took her meds, driving her to appointments (Mom turned…

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