Thanks Again, Pop

The Torah teaches us that we should respect and be grateful to our parents every day.

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It Relates

Read through the Book of Psalms and choose one or two that you feel particularly connect to you.

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Discuss It

When searching for a life partner, look for someone who shares your values and life goals.

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Walk It Out

Enjoy the spring weather with a nature walk, it’s healthy and inspiring.

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Review The Ten

During the holiday of Shavuot (beginning tonight at sunset and concluding after nightfall on Thursday, May 20th), discuss the Ten Commandments with your family.

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Thanks Mom

Even if you spoke to her yesterday (Mother's Day), call your mother this evening and thank her just for being mom.

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Take A Shot

On Lag Ba’Omer (Sunday, May 2, 2010) teach your children (including nieces, nephews, grandchildren, etc) to shoot a bow and arrow--most toy stores have excellent “suction” arrows.

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Silence Please

Create your own moment of silence to remember those who have fallen in defense of the State of Israel and the Jewish people.

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Spring Air

Walk outside and be grateful for the beauty of nature that surrounds you.

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Baked In

If your local bakery makes shlissel challah, surprise your family and share with them the history of this tradition.

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The Child Who Does Not Ask

Share the story of the Exodus with a child and help him/her think of a creative way to "relive" the experience of the Exodus.

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Book Salvage

If you notice any old Judaica books at a garage sale or used book store, rescue them and read them.

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Set It Aside

Print out this checklist and review it on the day before Passover to make certain you won t be missing something at the last minute.

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What They Did, What They Do

Try to discover what nusach your ancestors used and what nusach is used in your community now.

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For Them To Know

Research the background to your family name(s) and share the information with the rest of your family.

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Follow the Advice

Follow the advice of the sages and take joy in doing all mitzvot, without assessing the reward/punishment related to them individually.

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A Friendly Face

Visit a local senior residence, talk to those who live there and spend some quality time listening to what your elders have to say about the world.

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Local Assembly

Find out if a 'House of Assembly' in your area will be hosting Shabbat Across America and Canada.

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Mussar Move

Write a list of 8 things you thing you can improve about yourself. (And at the same time, write a short list of things that you appreciate about yourself.)

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Fortune For All

Recognize that financial fortune is a blessing and a gift from God by giving to charity.

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Carpool

If you see a friend or neighbor waiting for a bus as you drive by, pull over and offer them a ride.

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Give It Over

As you learn new aspects of Jewish life, whether from Jewish Treats or from other sources, find ways to share it with your Jewish friends and family.

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Laughter As Medicine

Visit the children's ward in a local hospital. Come with a smile, some jokes, and maybe even balloons.

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Sample

Take a glance at The Nineteen Letters to get a better understanding of Rabbi Hirsch's philosophy and the times in which he lived.

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Scheduled Rest

Schedule in 10 minutes of quiet time in the late morning and in the late afternoon.

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Write It Down

For those who feel as if they have had a personal miracle (saved from an accident, job offer came through at the very last moment from out of nowhere, etc.) write down what happened and…

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They Are The World

Always remember that all children need love, support and positive role models to grow into the best people they can be.

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Your Midnight

If you plan on being out tonight, check the time given for chatzot and pause to think about the Jewish significance of the moment. (Check out myzmanim.com for local times.)

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Guardian of the Earth

As all humans are guardians of the earth, support environmental movements, both local and in Israel.

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Double Festival

Refrain from household chores, such as laundry, in honor of both Chanukah and Rosh Chodesh.

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