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Parental Expectations

One of the great truisms of life is that disappointment is relative to expectation. The bigger the expectation, the greater the potential for a letdown. If our expectations are patently unrealistic, the result will be disappointment, frustration and anger. I was once...

Jewish Education in One Book

Every human being longs to be himself. There is nothing remotely comparable to the joy one experiences when he activates his potential. The Torah tells us that whereas everything in creation was made in quantity (herds of animals, schools of fish), God made only one...

Children, or Clean Pants

A wise man once said: “A person has to make up his mind what he wants in life: Children or clean pants.” In the nation’s capital, people are making up their minds, but while some prefer children, some prefer clean pants. The Washington Post reported...

Facing the Challenge

The new vice president looked around at his brand-new office with the same look a new mother bestows on her newborn baby. He scrutinized each detail with a mixture of love and anxiety: the paneled walls, the parquet floors, the Anderson windows with their 22nd-story...