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Crush Conflict

Sarah Chana Radcliffe

No one likes to fight. And yet, most of us voluntarily engage in some sort of verbal boxing match on a regular basis. Much as we don’t want it, we don’t seem to know how to avoid it — especially with our spouses. The encouraging news is that these skills can be learned. Here are 13 techniques designed to foster, build, and permanently maintain marital tranquility.

 

Kosher Quest

Barbara Bensoussan

If that jar of fancy pasta sauce or long-uncertified candy suddenly sports a welcoming OU hechsher, chances are, Phyllis Koegel was there.

 

Turning Tides

As told to Leah Gebber

There was no food in the house. And I couldn’t imagine going to the grocery store. But when I had found out I was pregnant, despite my two previous pregnancies being terribly difficult, I was determined not to let my life fall away. So I swallowed my feelings of nausea and picked up the car keys. I blindly filled the cart with products until I couldn’t anymore. I leaned on the cart, almost ready to collapse. I felt a blackout coming on. I was going to collapse.

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