I have often written about how important respite is for the caregiver.
One of the most frequently asked questions about Jewish life in Poland is, "Are there still Jews there?"
We all have preconceived notions that we accept as real and never challenge.
Question: Popular radio personality Don Imus was fired last week over racial cracks he made about the Rutgers women's basketball team. Your reaction?
Just days ago millions of people's lives across the country were impacted by severe unrelenting weather in the form of snowstorms, torrential rains, hurricane force winds and tornadoes.
Most well spouses live their years as care givers without any one giving a care about them.
Whenever I meet people, and they find out I write about Jewish life in Poland, invariably they have questions.
Last week I discussed a situation where one child has taken in an ageing and ill parent to live with them and finds that his/her siblings are not contributing to the parent's care.
Question: Every year, new non-edible kosher for Passover products arrive in stores. Have we gone too far, or are we simply being justifiably stringent in observing Pesach?
"Jewish communities from time immemorial have recognized educational institutions as the bedrock of Jewish continuity.
The exhibit "And I Still See Their Faces," at the Yeshiva University Museum in the Jewish History Center in N.Y., was the site of a gala reception honoring two of Polish Jewry's greatest friends, Mr. Sigmund Rolat and Wayne Zuckerman.
Just days ago, the question, "How is this night different from all others?" was asked at Pesach tables around the world.
Question: Is there any way to achieve peace between Israelis and Palestinians?
I received a letter from a distraught mother and her daughter. After all the children were married, the mother took her elderly parent in to live with them.
There is a saying that is often quoted by older parents that one mother can take care of 10 children but 10 children cannot take care of one mother.
It's erev Pesach, the house is sparkling, the chicken soup is cooking, the potatoes have been peeled (20 pounds worth) and the guests are on their way.
Whenever I go to Poland I make a point of visiting the Jewish Historical Institute in Warsaw.
What is normal? It really can be anything we get used to.
Question: Are you concerned about global warming?
Half of the 20 tombstones in the Jewish cemetery of Swidin were broken March 1, according to Albert Stankowski of the Foundation for the Preservation of Jewish Heritage in Warsaw. "This was done during the same time as the Claims Conference was visiting in Poland, and I have no doubt that the act against the cemetery was related," he said. Stankowksi was referring to a Claims Conference meeting last week with the government about compensation for Jewish property stolen by the Nazis and Communists.
'Twas the morning after Purim and in a ba'al batishe house, A bleary-eyed husband tried not to wake up his spouse,
When people hear of those honored as Righteous Among The Nations by Yad Vashem, they automatically think of the most renowned, such as Oscar Schindler or Raul Wallenberg.
The lure of warm weather in winter has many of us who are retired going south for the winter.
The Gomez family was one the foremost Jewish families in New York during colonial times.
On January 5 of this year, I wrote about a reflexologist, who used her skills to not only diagnose and heal, but also provide a caring touch for people (such as the elderly who live alone and well spouses) who can live for weeks at a time without being touched.