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Caesar’s Bay, Brooklyn

20 Tishri 5768 – October 2, 2007
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

13 Tishri 5768 – September 25, 2007
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

7 Tishri 5768 – September 19, 2007
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.

Po-Lin

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

Shidduch Sadness (Part II)

28 Elul 5767 – September 11, 2007
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

22 Elul 5767 – September 5, 2007
"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)

15 Elul 5767 – August 29, 2007
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.

Dealing With Toxic Relatives And People (Part Four)

8 Elul 5767 – August 22, 2007
Dealing With Your Own Feelings

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)

1 Elul 5767 – August 15, 2007
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.

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