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The Old Shtetl Kiernozia

No details are available on the origins of the village of Kiernozia.

A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words (Part 1)

A while ago, I was invited to a very different well-spouse support group meeting.

Overwhelmed Comes In Different Packages

It is very hard for most of us to understandsomeone else's experiences.

Insight

My little boy messed up the wall, But what he did didn't make me mad at all,

Mazal Tov, Rabbi Mattisyahu Kos

Chag Hasmicha is a celebration honoring newly ordained rabbis.

The Sound Of Silence

Silence is assent, or so the saying goes. Yet, in today's world, does someone's silence mean agreement?

Bush Again Vows U.S. Military Action On Israel’s Behalf

For the second time in two months, President Bush has pledged that if necessary the United States would militarily defend Israel against Iran.

The Old Shtetl Lipno

There is evidence of Jewish presence in Lipno as early as the 18th century.

Life Cycle Events and Distance

I've been writing about the joys and heartbreaks of dealing with life-cycle events that occur far from the home of the chronically ill person.

Single In Shushan City (A Purim Spiel)

"Another day another dinar," sighed Esther as she prepared her daily infusion of Turkish coffee before leaving for her job as an assistant editor at her Uncle Mordy's business, Megillah Publishing.

Vishkov

There is no definitive information on when Jews first came to Vishkov, but at the turn of the 20th century, the cemetery was the final resting place of at least four generations.

The Long Distance Wedding – Thinking Out Of The Box

Last week I wrote about the difficulties many chronically ill and handicapped people have, participating in the simchas of their children.

The Old Shtetl Kurzelow

Kurzelow is mentioned first in the 12th century, in a pastoral dispatch of the pope of that time, who fixed in it a new ecclesiastical district.

A Haven For Jews In New York (Part II): The Founding Of Ararat

The previous installment of Glimpses into American Jewish History (Jewish Press, Feb. 3) dealt with the life of Mordechai Manuel Noah (1785-1851). Noah, a man with an unbelievable breadth of interests and activities, was, for many years, considered theleader of the New York Jewish community.

Life Cycles And Disabilities And The Long Distance Simcha

Simchas are wonderful! They bring us joy and nurture our feelings that life is good.

Am Yisrael Chai

February/Adar is birthday month in the Kupfer family, with four out of five members born during this period.

The Old Shtetl Gostynin

The town of Gostynin was founded in the 13th century. It is located on the Skrwa Lewa River, approximately 60 miles northwest of Warsaw and 14 miles southwest of the city of Plock.

The ‘New Jews’ Of Europe

"Something is rotten in the state of Denmark." Marcellus, the character in Hamlet who uttered those words, couldn't have been more right.

The Old Shtetl Ilza (Drildz)

Ilza is a picturesque town in a valley along the Ilzanka River in south-central Poland.

Life Cycles And Disabilities

Life-cycle events, whether good or bad, bring changes to people's lives.

Smart Wrinkles

This column is being written on my secular birthday, February 14 (my real birthday is 11 Adar), a birthday - not surprisingly - that I share with my twin brother.

The Old Shtetl Ozarów

The village of Ozarów is located in the Kielce region. The Ozarów cemetery dates back almost 400 years and is one of the few remaining Jewish cemeteries in Poland.

When Compliments Hurt

A hurricane of mixed emotions accompanies the death of the chronically ill.

Happy New Year …Trees!

Until Jews began to return to Eretz Israel in 1948, noone thought of them as farmers.

New Jewish Institutions In Poland

The opening of the first full-time Chabad center in Poland, under the direction of Rabbi Shalom Ber and Dina Stambler, was made official at the International Conference of Chabad-Lubavitch Shluchim earlier this year.

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