Opinion

Ethical Dilemma

Stolen shamelessly from a friend’s FB wall. When you have cleaning help and / or regular babysitting help that you pay for by the hour – if you go away, or cancel, because of a…

WWYD – gift from ex spouse

I received this email from a reader. Dear Mama H, I hope you can help me out. I recently celebrated a significant birthday and my ex husband sent me a sizable gift card to an…

Dear Young Putz

We just crossed paths at an office building not too far from me. My husband had some business to take care of, and I was waiting for him in the lobby. There was one chair…

Brachot

From the Mailbag (reworded). We have brachot that we make at every moment in the day. We make brachot (blessings) on food that we enjoy eating, and on seeing a beautiful sight like a rainbow,…

Shul Membership Continued

To continue from yesterdays theme about letting a sex offender into one’s shul or not. When there is a risk to the children, the problem does need to be looked at in depth. But I…

WWYD – theatre situation

My friends were recently at the theatre for a concert – it was a treat for an upcoming birthday. They had bought tickets, and had really nice seats. They were looking forward to their evening…

Victim of A Parentectomy!

From the Yated Ne’eman newspaper Dear Editor, Having been raised in a home with divorced parents, I am thrilled to have an opportunity to share with the Yated readers a happy ending to a sad…

Full disclosure with kids

In this day and age it seems as if no one has any secrets any more. Facebook and twitter and blogs and texting – well, some people use the internet to record every waking moment,…

WWYD – adults need to be adults

How would you handle this? A person was contracted to perform a service for you, he did a shoddy job, didn’t even finish, yet still submitted his bill expecting to be paid in full. A…

Asking a Shaila (a question)

This one is for the #JewCrew. Let’s say there is a brother and sister who have a halachic shaila about family matters they need to ask of a rav. The sister follows one rav, the…

What Would Moshe Think?

On my long drive back to Montreal yesterday my mind travelled a lot, as it generally does. But it kept coming back to one central thought. How is the Judaism that we practice today similar…

Why call when you can email?

I have noticed amongst many of my contemporaries that we are using the phone less and less to communicate with each other. The emails and IMs fly fast and furious. If friends are on twitter…