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Articles written by Jamie Rubin

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  • How Sukkot helped me de-clutter my life

    Jamie Rubin|Sep 25, 2015

    (Kveller via JTA)—Last year I performed a magic trick: I made most of my “stuff” disappear. I never considered myself a hoarder, at least not the kind worthy of a feature on late night cable TV, but I held on to things, lots and lots of things, because I was sentimental. I thought getting rid of them meant giving up a memory. I was also convinced I would need all these things later on. And lots of my stuff was around simply because I had spent so much money on it that I thought I hadn’t realized each item’s value yet. Surely I would need this... Full story

  • Why Jewish families should vaccinate their kids

    Jamie Rubin|Feb 13, 2015

    (Kveller via JTA) ­ Since the news of the recent Disneyland measles outbreak and the subsequent chatter on Facebook began, I discovered I have at least four Facebook friends (and likely a few more) with healthy, non-immunocompromised, vaccine-aged children who have decided, for non-medical reasons, to not vaccinate. For some of these friends and acquaintances, the news was not surprising considering their views on other issues. With one friend in particular, though, it felt like a betrayal, one that I just can’t get past. Here this person wa... Full story