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Mommy the Mogul: A Mother and CEO Speaks About Career, Convention, and Conviction

Michal Eisikowitz

Chaya Landau is 28 years old. She is also CEO of a real estate development company in Zurich, overseeing large-scale building projects from start to finish and negotiating million-franc deals regularly. A petite mother of five from a community where women rarely go out to work, her situation is intriguing. How did she come to obtain this unusual, demanding position, and how does she feel about it? Chaya shares her eye-opening and inspiring story.

 

Buried Under Stuff: When Hoarding Becomes Pathological

Barbara Bensoussan

We all find ourselves, to some extent, under a constant deluge of the items we accumulate in daily life. Try sorting through your child’s notebooks and projects at the end of the school year. Even our email accounts are stuffed with photos and documents. But most of us manage to maintain equilibrium in our personal material worlds; we bring things in, but we throw out as well. Others, simply never throw out anything. Pathological hoarding is believeded to affect as many as 6 million people in the U.S.

 

Adviceline: Second Thoughts

Bassi Gruen

As my husband and I embark on the “parshah” of shidduchim for our children, I am confused to find that what I had thought to be a good and stable marriage is actually rather flimsy. It is becoming evident that we have many deeply held differing beliefs. Apparently, we have gotten along all these years because both of us were reasonable enough to give in when something was important to the other. Now, however, we are faced with making vital decisions for our children, and things have become tense.

 

Dream Abandoned

Beth Firestone

When seasonal catalogues beginning arriving in the mail, I can’t resist looking inside … I just love those October catalogues embellished with leaves and pumpkins; November issues adorned with cozy sweaters and candlelit turkey dinners; and December ones bedecked with trees, ornamented with pretty little lights. Although I have been frum for about twenty-five years, something about this time of year, in all of its seasonal glory, stirs up a place inside of me. Doesn’t sound very Jewish, does it?



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