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Dear Editor,

I totally agree with Rayle Rubenstein in “Home is Where the Office Is.”  I worked from home during the pandemic, but now that I’m back to the office I feel that my productivity has declined. While working from home, I had the place to myself while the kids were in school. I was able to focus on getting my tasks done without the distractions of socializing with co-workers, a half-hour commute to the office, and having to get all dressed up each morning. Although I admit I did run errands during the day, it was always during my lunch break, and to compensate I would very often work well past 5:30. Now that I am back at my cubicle, my day ends promptly at 5 P.M. and the work piles up until the next business day. I find that I am getting less work accomplished and at a slower speed. I desperately miss working from home.

Chava Solomon  


Dear Editor,

Getting dressed for work is so important even if you are working from home. I really see the impact it has on my demeanor and overall productivity. The days that I am working in my sweats or even pajamas (don’t judge!) are days that I look sluggish and perform sluggishly. Now I make sure to put on makeup, a sheitel, shoes, and professional attire, and I see an improvement in my work. I take pride in my appearance, and it spills over to taking pride in what I produce.   

Batya Richter

Dear Editor,

In response to Victor Shine’s column, of course singles don’t know how to interact with the opposite gender. We have created this problem ourselves with our extreme separation of the genders. I remember in my day boys and girls used to play outside together, hang out with their siblings’ friends in the living room, socialize after shul, and sit at simchos together. It is through these casual interactions that they learned how to behave appropriately. Now, in the name of tznius, we have created an environment where boys and girls are discouraged from mingling from preschool age and yet we expect them to date and get married in their early 20s.  

Melvin Baumstein 

Dear Editor,

Growing up, and even when my kids were younger, winter vacation meant trips to the local pizzeria or neighborhood bowling alley, and a good time was had by all. This year, my wife and I decided for the first time to surprise our children with a trip to Florida. The surprise ended up being ours – and not in a good way – when our children let us know that Florida was old hat and that their friends were headed to Panama! I concur with last month’s Ask the Therapist column: winter vacation is out of control!

David Hoffman


Dear Editor,

Wagging fingers and lecturing our children is not the answer, as Yitty Bercovic wrote in last month’s Musings  column, but I cannot accept today’s behavior as normal.  It should not be normal to enter someone’s house and forage through their kitchen cabinets. It should not be normal to sit down beside an adult and ask them where they purchased their clothes, nor should it be normal to eat their food without permission. On one hand, I do like the openness that my children and their friends have as it can lead to open communication, but I am also conflicted by how much is too much and where do the lines blur to then become disrespect. It indeed is a new generation.





Open Letter to the Yeshivah


My son needed to find a new school

Not because he misbehaves or is cruel

Enrollment was down and the school shut its doors

And so began our open houses and tours


Soon, a classmate then two got their “yes”

We waited for our turn to test

But I was shocked when we got  a call of rejection:

“Your son lists too many services on his application”

You noticed he gets 30 minutes of OT

Twice a week, he gets PT

P3 services are also mandated

And so his acceptance was ill-fated


But what you didn’t see, dear Menahel

Are all the beautiful ways he does excel

He may require services galore

But you negated all the reasons he is adored


To shul he arrives 30 minutes early to pray

He makes sure to talk nicely to those whose hair is grey

He learns extra Torah at home, just because 

When it comes to doing chessed there is never a pause

He stays after school to help the janitor clean

He cries because he cannot fulfill certain mitzvos until he’s 13

In case grades are important to you

He has mostly alephs, if you only had a clue


A child with delays is all you saw

To you he was nothing more than a flaw



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