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The Old Shtetl Ilza (Drildz)

Ilza is a picturesque town in a valley along the Ilzanka River in south-central Poland.

Life Cycles And Disabilities

Life-cycle events, whether good or bad, bring changes to people's lives.

The Old Shtetl Ozarów

The village of Ozarów is located in the Kielce region. The Ozarów cemetery dates back almost 400 years and is one of the few remaining Jewish cemeteries in Poland.

When Compliments Hurt

A hurricane of mixed emotions accompanies the death of the chronically ill.

New Jewish Institutions In Poland

The opening of the first full-time Chabad center in Poland, under the direction of Rabbi Shalom Ber and Dina Stambler, was made official at the International Conference of Chabad-Lubavitch Shluchim earlier this year.

Self Affirmations (Part Two)

Last week I wrote about self talk and how negative self talk can affect your whole outlook on life and give you a negative spin on how you see yourself.

Self-Affirmations/Self-Deprecations (Part One)

I came out of the store last week, and there, on top of my "to do" list on the passenger's side of the car, in full view for anyone to see, were three checks that I was taking to the bank to deposit.

The Foundation For The Preservation Of Jewish Heritage In Poland

After I wrote about the Foundation for the Preservation of Jewish Heritage in Poland last week, many people asked me to report more on this group and the important work they are doing.

More Phone Stories

Chronic illness, to the great pain of everyone involved, only ends in one way, death.

The Niggun In Jewish Music

In honor of Chanukah, a time of joy, I have been delving into the realm of Jewish music.

Those Darn Cell Phones

Whenever I have a speaking engagement, I always ask people to turn on their cell phones.

Hidden Agenda (Part Three)

In Canada and the U.S., the government has passed new legislation to protect us.

The Hidden Agenda (Part Two)

Last week I wrote about how some well-meaning professionals can manipulate the situation in order to get you to do what they feel is in your best interest.

When Your Mind Goes Blank

Most people over 40 have experienced a time or two when their mind just goes blank.

The Other Side Of Workaholics

Last week I told Moshe's and Richard's stories. These two men gave their all to their jobs despite the diseases that made it more and more difficult to do so.

Workaholics

My generation, for the most part, had a very strong work ethic. It came, perhaps, because many of us grew up as children of immigrants and we inherited it from our parents.

The Power of an Apology

We want people to behave toward us in a certain way. When they don't, we get angry.

Focus On The Positive

Last week I shared part of a letter by a mother of a chronically ill child.

Special Occasions

Birthdays, anniversaries, life cycle events are all times we look forward to.

Truly Selfless Love Stories

I recently had the privilege of meeting with a support group that consisted of spouses, children and friends of the residents of a nursing home.

How Heavy Is A Glass Of Water?

This e-mail came across my desk. It was written by that famous writer known as "unknown author."

Forms And Frustrations

Many years ago, I worked for a school division as a Special Education Resource Teacher.

Touch, the Better Alternative

Words do not always come out right. They don't always express the depth of our emotions or what we want to say.

Villian – Thy Name Is Well Spouse

My last several articles talked about the common experience for many "well spouses" of juggling simchas and crises at the same time.

When You Don’t Know What To Do (Part Two)

I have been writing a series of articles on managing simchas and crises when they occur at the same time.

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