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The Shidduch Sky Is Not Falling

23 Iyyar 5768 – May 28, 2008
My daughter in-law was a guest at a recent brunch/fundraiser for women only, during which the guest speaker spoke about the number one topic that seems to be on everyone's minds - shidduchim.

Museum And The Auschwitz Institute For Peace And Reconciliation Raphael Lemkin Seminar Series

The phenomenon of genocide is a uniquely human creation. Since the dawn of history, it has occurred on all the inhabited continents among diverse ethnic, religious, social and geographic groups. It has caused the deaths of more people than all the wars and individual murders combined. It is difficult to predict, to prevent or to limit. Its perpetrators mostly face impunity. In sum, genocide is as pervasive as it is intractable.

Bergen Beach, Brooklyn

16 Iyyar 5768 – May 21, 2008
Question: Will Sen. Obama's relationship with Rev. Wright affect your vote?

Pulling The Plug

In Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, an Orthodox family is finding themselves in a battle with the hospital that is caring for their father.

Irena Sendler, 1910-2008

Last week Irena Sendler, a true heroine, passed away.

All Those Who Are Hungry…

9 Iyyar 5768 – May 14, 2008
I am writing this article as I sit in an airport waiting for a delayed plane.

The Benefits Of High Gas Prices

People have been bitterly complaining about the rising price of gas.

Temple Sholom, Bergen Beach, Brooklyn

Question: Israel is celebrating its 60th birthday. What does the country mean to you?

When Little Things Are Not So Little

2 Iyyar 5768 – May 7, 2008
Trust is something that develops over time. As adults, we give our trust slowly, often only after testing the waters and determining that the person we trust is worthy of it or at least worthy of our chancing it.

Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services, Project Outreach Bay Ridge Jewish...

Question: Has it been difficult adjusting to American life as a Jewish immigrant?

Yom HaShoah In Poland

Last week's front page of The Jewish Press showed Crown Prince of England, Prince Charles, affixing a mezuzah to the door of a new Jewish center in Krakow, along with Rabbi Gluck, the Chief Rabbi Of Galicia and Rabbi Schudrich, the Chief Rabbi Of Poland.

The Founding Of Yeshiva Etz Chaim

25 Nisan 5768 – April 30, 2008
Between 1881 and 1924 approximately two million Jews immigrated to the United States, primarily from Eastern Europe and Russia.

Remembering An Eishet Chayil

Most Pesach observers - after a week of overdosing on matzah and potatoes - in a myriad of manifestations look forward to when Passover has, well, passed over.

Out Of The Eyes Of Grandchildren

Normalcy is relative. It is what you become used to. The more frequently something occurs, the more we see it as normal.

They Called Me Mayer July: Painted Memories Of A Jewish Childhood Before The Holocaust

Most memoirs written by former Jewish citizens of Poland talk in detail of the Shoah, such as the book I wrote about last week, The Zoo Keeper's Wife.

Caged In A Box Of Others’ Values And Expectations

18 Nisan 5768 – April 23, 2008
In my interviews with well spouses, the theme of being caged in a box of expectations has repeated itself often.

Po-Lin

Every year there seems to be a new bestseller with a Holocaust theme that reveals a new story of heroism in the most horrible of times.

Off The Derech And The Community

11 Nisan 5768 – April 16, 2008
Our communities, unfortunately, are faced with many crises in today's world.

The Passover Story (As told by a young mother to her daughter)

"We were slaves down in Egypt," The young, cheerful mother said, As she knelt on the floor And swept under the bed.

Sixty-Five Years Since The Warsaw Ghetto Uprising

In what has been one of the major memorial events in Poland commemorating WWII, Warsaw saw a gathering of world leaders this week at the 65th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising.

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