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The Lament Of The Unborn Children

17 Shevat 5769 – February 11, 2009
I wrote a version of the poem below many years ago, before the term "shidduch crisis" came into vogue.

A Letter To Seek Help For A Friend’s Mother, Coping With A Disabled Husband

10 Shevat 5769 – February 4, 2009
Dear Ms. Novick, I have been reading your column in The Jewish Press for quite a while and enjoy it very much. It has been very helpful. For many years, my mother, a"h, lived with us while she was going blind from glaucoma and becoming demented from Alzheimer's. G-d bless my wonderful husband and family for helping to love and care for her. She was nifteres last month.

Benefit For The Museum Of Jewish History In Poland

On January 14 the North American Council for the Museum of the History of Polish Jews held an evening of theater in support of the Museum.

Gershom Kursheedt And Sir Moses Montefiore

Last month's Glimpses column, "The Man Who Brought Judah Touro Back To Judaism," discussed how legendary philanthropist Judah Touro's return to religious observance was influenced by Gershom Kursheedt (1817-1863). Kursheedt also convinced Touro to leave considerable sums of money to support many Jewish causes.

When What Looks Like Dementia Is Really Something Else

3 Shevat 5769 – January 28, 2009
The moment we can't remember where we put our keys, or the few seconds it takes to try to remember where we parked our car causes fear in everyone that I know who is over 50.

Tu b’Shevat: The Wonder Of Creation

So many of Judaism's festivals are marked by solemnity, but Tu b'Shevat enhances our calendar with a delightful holiday that everyone can enjoy.

Can Too Much ‘Pressure’ Turn You Into An Ostrich?

In my case, the answer to the above question is, "Yes, too much pressure (in my case blood pressure) led me to indulge in not so smart (actually stupid) "avoidance" behavior.

Germany To Pay For Auschwitz Conservation

Since the end of the Shoah there has been a debate of what to do with the various death camps in Poland. Today more then 60 years after the end of the Holocaust the debate continues.

A Gift For A Well Spouse

25 Tevet 5769 – January 21, 2009
A well spouse often has so many roles and responsibilities that even those closest to her don't always see them all.

Traveling With Or Without Supports

18 Tevet 5769 – January 14, 2009
Recently, in a doctor's office, I picked up an article written in 2006 that extolled the supports given to airplane travelers needing assistance when they fly.

Polish Writer Henryk Halkowski

Polish writer Henryk Halkowski, z"l, one of Poland's most notable contemporary Jewish personalities, died suddenly on January 1, just days after celebrating his 57th birthday.

A Prayer For Eretz Yisrael

For me, the moments before sundown every Friday evening are like a "mini" Yom Kipper.

The Unstated Message (Part II)

11 Tevet 5769 – January 7, 2009
Last week I wrote that what we say to others, and the way we say it, might evoke emotions in our listeners that may or may not be what we intend.

Polish Events In Israel

With all the missiles and rockets being fired at Israel from the Gaza Strip by Hamas and the retaliatory bombing of Hamas targets by Israel there has been a very large rise in anti-Israel demonstrations around the world.

Polish Events In Israel

With all the missiles and rockets being fired at Israel from the Gaza Strip by Hamas and the retaliatory bombing of Hamas targets by Israel there has been a very large rise in anti-Israel demonstrations around the world.

The Wedding Gown That Made History

7 Tevet 5769 – January 2, 2009
Lilly Friedman doesn’t remember the last name of the woman who designed and sewed the wedding gown she wore when she walked down the aisle over 60 years ago. But the grandmother of seven does recall that when she first told her fiancé Ludwig that she had always dreamed of being married in a white gown he realized he had his work cut out for him.

The Man Who Brought Judah Touro Back To Judaism

4 Tevet 5769 – December 31, 2008
Last month's column sketched the life of Judah Touro (1775-1854), who became immensely wealthy after his move to New Orleans in 1802, using his fortune to support many causes and individuals.

Warsaw Completes Ghetto Project

Poland's capital recently marked the completion of a massive restoration project that marks the borders of the former Jewish Ghetto that was walled in by Nazis occupiers during World War II.

Warsaw Completes Ghetto Project

Poland's capital recently marked the completion of a massive restoration project that marks the borders of the former Jewish Ghetto that was walled in by Nazis occupiers during World War II.

The Unstated Message (Part I)

A simple sentence is not so simple. It evokes emotions that may or may not be what we intended.

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