A well spouse must be independent. There is often no partner to call on for help, physical or mental, and so s/he is left to make all the decisions, carry all the heavy things, make all plans and preparations on her own.
Whenever I go to Poland it is for a specific occasion. This last trip was to cover the laying of the foundation stone of the Museum of Jewish History, the Krakow Jewish Cultural Festival and the weddings and bar mitzvah of my friends in Warsaw.
We all have our favorite charities. We tend to give more money to those charities that are close to our own experience, that have helped us or someone we know, or have touched our heartstrings in some way.
One of the truly amazing aspects of Jewish history is that there were Jews who secretly maintained as much religious observance as they could while living under the merciless eye of the Inquisition in Spain and Portugal.
The 17th Jewish Culture Festival in Krakow just concluded and has lived up to the promise of being one of the most exciting Jewish festivals around the globe.
Question: Do you celebrate the Fourth of July?
In February of this year I interviewed and wrote the stories of well spouses who chose divorce as their means of coping with their spouses chronic illness.
Youth is the key to a Jewish community. Sure, there are snowbird synagogues, but bocce ball and bingo aren't going to attract young couples.
Just the other day, I was commiserating with a close friend about how my life had not gone the way I had envisioned way back when - when I was young and my head was filled with sweet visions of what would be.
Whenever Jews come together in honor of a lifecycle event, it is a simchah.
Last week, I wrote an article about mothering yourself, particularly on Hallmark holidays like Mother's Day.
Question: Did Judaism influence your choice of college major, and do you see yourself utilizing your education to help the Jewish community?
Last week, to my deep distress, my cell phone disappeared from my purse. I don't know whether it somehow fell out, or if someone on the very crowded street purposely brushed against me and slipped a hand into my purse.
When traveling, it is best to do a little homework first - the more you know and prepare for a trip the more you will get out of it.
I am writing this article on May 13, Mother's Day this year (though it is being printed at a much later date).
How did this generation of parents get to the point of being intimidated by their children?
As summer approaches, people are making vacation plans. More and more people are traveling to Poland, to the old shtetl, to see where their families lived for hundreds of years, before coming to America.
Question: Do you miss the old "Borscht Belt" Jewish Catskills?
Our children have no idea how vulnerable we are as parents.
This summer, from June 23 to July 1, the city of Krakow will play host to the 17th annual Jewish Cultural Festival, which as usual, is expected to be a resounding success.
One of the most fascinating figures in American Jewish history is Haym Salomon (1740-1785).
With the Sefiras HaOmer period behind us, the wedding season is in full swing.
Question: Many people feel George W. Bush is the most pro-Israel president the country's had in a long time. Agree?
Many years ago, I remember talking to a parent of a particularly difficult student. The parent confessed that he often gives into the child because the child threatens him.
Question: Anti-Israel activism has become all too common on college campuses across the country. Have you experienced any of that?