TLC’s ‘Sister Wives’: The High Price of Polygamy

Posted on Oct 20, 2010 in Marriage, Relationships, Religion

During the “twenty-year wedding anniversary” episode of “Sister Wives,” the pain that wife number one, Meri, was feeling was palpable. This was caused by Kody Brown, her husband, showing his giddy affection for young wife number four, Robin, who is just joining the family. Meri has been married to Kody for twenty years. “Sister Wives,” the TLC series that is shining a spotlight on the polygamist culture...

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The Wrapping Paper War

Posted on Dec 9, 2009 in Children, Family, Holidays, Parenting, Religion

When I decided to convert to Judaism, I knew that the transition would be difficult for my family. But I had no idea that the real war would begin over holiday gifts. The wrapping paper war began in the early morning hours. I had just gotten out of the shower and poured my second cup of coffee when my phone rang. Before I even picked up the receiver, I knew it was my mom, probably on her second cup of coffee too. She most likely had already...

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Yom Kippur: Are You Choosing Life?

Posted on Sep 27, 2009 in Holidays, Religion

The days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are all about choice — opting to leave negativity behind and pressing toward a positive future. What are you choosing today? During her sermon, my rabbi said, “We don’t choose when we come into this world or when we go out, but during the in-between we choose.” We choose to live or to die each year. What I mean is we choose to live an alive life or a dead life — a life...

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