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Being ‘Paciente’
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My grandpa has no patience for impatience. He’s usually a pretty excitable person, but he positively boils over when it comes to the subject of how my mother and I need to control our tempers.

Is Derrick Rose the next Penny Hardaway?
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This feels all too familiar. Coming off of his second major knee surgery in as many seasons, Derrick Rose is having trouble staying on the court yet again. Two ankle sprains and now a hamstring have kept Rose out of half of the Bulls’ first 10 games this season. The buildup of minor injuries such as these is exactly what led up to Rose eventually tearing his ACL during the 2012 playoffs.

Give It Up for Lentils
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In this week’s parsha, Toldot, we learn that Esau sold his birthright to Jacob for red lentil soup. He was famished from working all day and he needed food so Jacob tricked Esau into selling his birthright for a hot meal. We also learn that Esau was a hunter and Jacob a learned young man.

Giving thanks when thanks doesn’t seem enough
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This year, as the festively familial holiday known as Thanksgiving comes closer, I know I’ll have a Turkey Day unlike any other I’ve known. I know this because I will be spending it with my baby daughter, Emma.

Zero Motivation
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It took me five years to finally get to another screening at the annual Chicago Festival of Israeli Cinema. Talk about Zero Motivation. In 2009, I made the mistake of going too heavy for my first CFIC experience when I saw Ronit and Shlomi Alkabetz’s Shiva. Zero Motivation proved infinitely more accessible, especially as a young adult.

The Bozo Theory
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Let’s talk about Bozo. Just to clarify, I’m referring to the clown. So what is The Bozo Theory you ask? A very good question since the title really gives no good context clues other than Bozo is involved in some way.

Socca for the Holidays
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If you are anything like me, you experience an uncontrollable urge to feed people as soon as the weather turns blustery. Well, maybe the urge to feed isn’t entirely weather-dependent for us nurturing, over-bearing Jewish mother-in-training types, but there is definitely something special about feeding friends and family something warm from the oven this time of year.

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8 Questions for Drs. Romy Block and Arielle Levitan: The vitamin experts

Take your vitamins, Oy!sters, because this time, it’s personal. Drs. Romy Block and Arielle Levitan are two doctors (and friends) practicing on the North Shore and changing the way consumers think about vitamins and supplements. That’s right, the days of Flinstones chewable vitamins are long gone. Time to wise up.


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  1. The Value of 140 Characters
  2. Golden Potatoes with Garlic Chive Butter
  3. Shabbat in Layers
  4. Knowledge, Gratitude and the Philtrum
  5. The return of Lamb Chop, and the woman who brought her back
Double Chai Check-In: Scott Issen is helping build the future
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If you’re a big proponent of the phrase “our youth are our future,” then Scott Issen is a pretty important guy. As the co-founder of the Future Founders Foundation, Issen helps students in underserved areas as young as second grade explore entrepreneurship, building the skills and business plans that will lead them to successful careers as adults.

Leaving no vet behind
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“Every day is Veterans Day for us,” explained Rob Walker, program director at Leave No Veteran Behind. Walker served in the U.S. Navy before getting his law degree. Now, he serves his fellow vets — including his fellow Jews — by helping them integrate back in to civilian society.

Oy!Chicago to host first ever live storytelling event
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What do you think of when you hear “Jewish storytelling?” Is it some made-up tale about a rabbi and a beggar that ends with a nice Jewish moral? Or your Zayde’s tired old yarn about how back in the day he used to walk five miles by himself to Hebrew school three days a week (rain or snow)? We don’t think so. That’s why Oy!Chicago is reclaiming Jewish storytelling for the next generation. Join us and JUF News on Wednesday, Nov. 19 at 7 p.m. at Matilda (3101 N. Sheffield Ave.) for “Oy! Let Me Tell You …” an evening of live Jewish storytelling featuring real, personal, sometimes-hilarious, always-insightful stories told by people like you: young adults navigating Jewish life in Chicago.


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