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The Krakow Bet HaChaim

During my recent trip to Poland I visited many cemeteries where great tzaddikim are buried.

Caesar’s Bay, Brooklyn

Question: Will Rudy Giuliani's outspoken support for Israel sway your vote should he be the GOP presidential nominee in 2008?

Being A Well Spouse Is An Emotional Paradox

As the years go by, and your spouse gets worse, and your life gets harder, well spouses often live with emotional paradoxes.

Death, Life And Hope

It is Sunday, the day after Yom Kippur and everyone you speak to says, "Thank G-d it's over."

Toxic People, A Last Comment

My five-part series on toxic people brought an avalanche of responses the likes of which I have not seen in my four years of writing this column.


Before Rosh Hashanah - Yom Kippur, it is customary to pray at the graves of one's parents.

Shidduch Sadness (Part II)

In my previous column I wrote about older singles who were undermining their chance at getting married by letting others make decisions for them on as to whether to date a proposed shidduch or not.

A Year In Poland

For many, Polish Jewry is a misnomer; they (even those that come to visit) think that there is no longer any Jewish life, that it was all killed in the Holocaust. In the past year, I have been privileged to see just how much life there is in Poland.

An Apology

Dear Ann, I got a lot out of your article on line, relating to how to deal with a toxic person...

The Jews Of Martinique And Guadeloupe

"The Jewish history of Martinique and Guadeloupe is relatively short, spanning only about 60 years.

Bensonhurst, Brooklyn

Question: Are the constant increases in yeshiva tuition justified? Can anything be done to alleviate the financial pressure on parents?

Understanding And Empathizing With Challenging Behavior

Rona came to town to visit family and friends. She looked forward to reconnecting after years of living so far away. She had made sure her chronically ill spouse was well cared for at home while she had a much-needed break from care giving.

Day Of Remembrance In Lodz

A Day of Remembrance for the Jews of the Lodz Ghetto was recently held in the city.

Toxic People: What They Teach Us (Part Five)

When dealing with toxic personalities it is very important to remember some basic strategic rules that apply not only to them but can also apply to difficult people who are not toxic per se.

Boro Park, Brooklyn

Question: Should second-generation Holocaust survivors (children of survivors)receive reparations from Germany?

More Shidduch Sadness

This past week I was told two shidduch stories that made me sad and mad at the same time - because it is infuriating and tragic when people sabotage themselves or let others do so to them.

Remembrance Day In Piotrkow

This past week I had the honor of attending the Remembrance Day commemorations that took place in the Polish town of Piotrkow Trybunalski.

Special Events In Poland

This year's International Summer Yiddish Language And Culture Seminar will take place August 13 - September 2.

Gravesend, Brooklyn

Question: Should New York legalize medicinal marijuana?

Dealing With Toxic Relatives And Toxic People (Part Three)

In the past two weeks I have shared two letters from well spouses who were dealing with difficult machitanim. One pair of machitanim was coming to visit for the birth of a new grandchild but insisted that their daughter in law's mother not be present at the Shabbos meals, or they would not come. The other letter dealing with difficult machatanim was from a well spouse whose daughter is soon to be married. It seemed that this well spouse and her husband could do nothing that did not offend the groom's parents.

Hot And Bothered: Letting The Steam Out

It's the dog days of August, and between the sizzling heat, the numbing humidity, the rain and the never-ending traffic and airport delays, there is a lot to complain about people's actions.

Vandals Desecrate Cemetery

Last week, Mr. Sigmund Rolat visited his birthplace in Poland, the city of Czestochowa. As he does on every trip, he took time out to pay his respects to the local Jewish cemetery.

Dealing With Toxic Relatives And Toxic People: Who Are They? (Part Two)

Last week I shared two letters from well spouses who are dealing with "machitanim" (the parents of your son or daughter in law) who appear to be toxic personalities.

Dealing With Toxic People (Part One)

Being a well spouse does not exempt you from life's experiences.

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