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Food in Technicolor
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Parshat Vayeshev is the story of Joseph, and whenever I think of Joseph, I think of his amazing technicolor coat given to him by his father, Jacob. This very special coat was a sign of greatness. This concept of technicolor equaling greatness isn’t something that we should just strive for in our wardrobe, but also on our plates.

Ingredients of a Healthy Relationship
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Anyone else out there a foodie? Food is a great metaphor for relationships. If a person gets in the habit of eating cakes, cookies, and candy for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, it will be very difficult for that person to create a new reality of healthy eating.

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My mom always made a big deal about Chanukah, and she instilled in our family a love for the holiday, too. I know, I know. Chanukah's considered a "minor" holiday on the Jewish calendar, just trying to keep up with the commercialism of a Christmas culture that has us hearing the Mariah Carey Christmas song in our sleep for two months straight.

8 Ways to Brighten Up Your Chanukah
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One of the best things about traditions is that they stay the same. This familiarity brings comfort and nostalgia. But even a holiday that’s thousands of years old – or maybe especially such a holiday – needs some new ideas every now and then so it doesn’t get stale.

Busy, Exhausted and 20-Something
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I realized something the other day: I cannot remember the last time I felt bored. It’s often said that “only boring people get bored.” Maybe that’s true, but maybe not. Quite possibly, being bored has nothing to do with being boring and everything to do with being busy.

Bad Advice
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There is no shortage of bad training advice online. I see it all the time: some writer jots down the best moves for torching fat and one of those moves is a bicep curl. I’m not against the bicep curl, but the bicep is a small muscle, and if you’re only listing the four “best” moves, I would not include the bicep curl.

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This could be the first blog of the rest of your life

Oy!Chicago is looking for guest writers of all experience levels to contribute to our next special blog series, “In With the New,” a collection of pieces on fresh starts, new beginnings and that moment when everything changed for the better.


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Stacey Ballis shares her ‘Big Delicious Life’
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If Stacey Ballis isn’t working on a novel, she’s likely testing a recipe for her next book. In October, Ballis published Big Delicious Life: Stacey Ballis’s Most Awesome Recipes, an electronic cookbook featuring recipes that appeared in her past novels. Food always has been a character in Ballis’s novels, which feature smart, Chicago-based heroines who love life and a good meal.

Jay Rapoport rocks with ruach
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By day, Jay Rapoport is a mild-mannered Jewish educator with the title of director of Lifelong Learning at Temple Sholom of Chicago in Lakeview. But this persona is only a mask for his true identity: Jewish rock star.

8 Questions for Drs. Romy Block and Arielle Levitan: The vitamin experts
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Take your vitamins, Oy!sters, because this time, it’s personal. Drs. Romy Block and Arielle Levitan are two doctors (and friends) practicing on the North Shore and changing the way consumers think about vitamins and supplements. That’s right, the days of Flinstones chewable vitamins are long gone. Time to wise up.


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