Your First Languages Are Like Your First Love—They Stay with You Forever

“Baby talk” is universal. Regardless of where you are in the world, people change their tone of voice when talking to babies. That higher pitch sounds more musical, with exaggerated pauses, and changes in speed. This all happens subconsciously of
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Friends are the Best Medicine

When COVID-19 shut the world down, we suddenly found ourselves guinea pigs in a giant experiment of forced isolation. A second pandemic soon followed: loneliness.

We know that humans are social creatures, but being alone for too long can literally make one sick. Research has shown a correlation between loneliness and negative health outcomes. A few minutes of laughing with a friend produces “happy hormones,” like serotonin and dopamine, and boosts immunity. Scientists have also observed that people with greater social networks live longer and recover from illness faster. 

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What are You Afraid of?

Witches, monsters, goblins and hungry wolves—children’s stories are full of dangerous and evil creatures. The world, as seen through the eyes of a child, is indeed a scary place.  


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A Drop in the Ocean Makes Waves: The Power of One Kind Act

If we are fish in the ocean, every move we make creates ripples that reach from shore to shore. The impact of a kind act, a smile, or a heartfelt thank you can stretch for miles. Multiply that kind act by all the fish in the sea and the ripples become waves in the water. We have the power to change our world if we are intentional about the kind of energy we put out into the universe. We can change the tide.....
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The Best Thing About Camp? Memories For A Lifetime

Summer camp—the memory probably brings a smile to your face. You can practically still smell the bonfire and the pine trees. Summers at camp are some of the most intense experiences in a young person’s life. Camp friendships (and crushes!) come fast and strong....
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The Dancing Swan Finds Her Superpower

Lily Marks felt like an “ugly duckling.” As a child, her flat feet and weak knees meant that she walked differently from other people. Orthopedic shoes and leg braces were meant to correct the issue, but made her stand out even more from other
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Stranger and Friends

Who exactly is a stranger? The word strange can mean unfamiliar or unexpected, but it can also imply weird or abnormal. Jewish text instructs us to love the stranger, remembering that once we were strangers in Egypt. We will be strangers many times over in our lives: on the first day at a new school or at a new job....
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Celebrating PRIDE with Apples and Oranges

The orange is known for its healing properties. In the top ten for list for vitamin C, it is one of the first foods we reach for when we have the sniffles. You can almost smell the sunshine when you cut into the juicy tropical fruit....
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Dreaming at Sea

37 Days at Sea: Aboard the M.S. St. Louis, 1939 tells the story of Jewish passengers aboard the luxury ship, The M.S. St. Louis, fleeing Nazi Germany. The story, told from the perspective of twelve-year-old Ruthie Arons, is written in prose that captures the fragility of her family’s limbo, Ruthie is both a playful child and a keen observer of the shifting dynamics of the larger world around her....
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People Plan, and God Laughs. We Should Laugh Too

A year ago, Covid-19 turned the world upside down. We retreated into our homes and schools, stores locked their doors, and the streets were suddenly empty. Human right activist and former politician Natan Sharansky understands isolation, fear and uncertainty more profoundly than most of us....
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