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Ride Out The Challenges

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The World Famous Heiligeh Mir Trip

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Insight Is 20/20

I used to believe the world was divided into two distinct categories: glasses-wearers and bare-faced—A.K.A., cool girls who get to strut into second grade displaying their trendy look and...

Showing My Sister The Sights

I am the eldest of three and I’m very close with my brother, Josiah, and sister, Reema. During the four months I have been away, I’ve missed spending time...

Why Does My Good Teen Have Bad Friends?

By Miriam Schiller, LCSW Dear Therapist, My daughter is 16 years old and attends a local Orthodox High School. She is a well-rounded, upbeat girl who always had a wide range...

Counting The Days, Making Them Count

I vividly remember the first time I watched The Notebook. COVID summer. Age 15. Tissues everywhere. Not COVID-related tissues. Just I-have-the-most-dramatic-friends-ever tissues. We were outside, having the obligatory projector movie...

Year In Israel – Sleep Of The Just

Last week I crossed a milestone of sorts: I was sick with the flu and had to convalesce away from home. I was miserable and wanted my mother to...
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