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Where There’s Life, There Is Hope

You would have to be hiding under a rock to be unaware of the sad and drawn-out death of a severely brain damaged woman called Terri Schiavo, whose husband and legal guardian made the decision to have her life-sustaining feeding tube removed.

Special Occasions

Birthdays, anniversaries, life cycle events are all times we look forward to.

Jewish Soldiers Observe Pesach During The Civil War

In the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries Jews in America did not face the level of discrimination encountered by their brothers and sisters living in other lands.

Truly Selfless Love Stories

I recently had the privilege of meeting with a support group that consisted of spouses, children and friends of the residents of a nursing home.

A Prayer For Freedom

In very recent issues of the Jewish Press there have been a number of disturbing articles detailing the dire plight of various types of people who have lost their physical or social freedom.

How Heavy Is A Glass Of Water?

This e-mail came across my desk. It was written by that famous writer known as "unknown author."

Forms And Frustrations

Many years ago, I worked for a school division as a Special Education Resource Teacher.

Thinking Before You Leap

I recently heard that an acquaintance of mind got divorced for the 2nd time. The marriage had lasted a very short time, but I was not surprised.

Touch, the Better Alternative

Words do not always come out right. They don't always express the depth of our emotions or what we want to say.

Villian – Thy Name Is Well Spouse

My last several articles talked about the common experience for many "well spouses" of juggling simchas and crises at the same time.

The Smart Schlimazels And Cunning Shlemiels

We all know them - the sad sacks who seemingly were born under a bad constellation.

When You Don’t Know What To Do (Part Two)

I have been writing a series of articles on managing simchas and crises when they occur at the same time.

When You Don’t Know What To Do (Part One)

In a crisis, few of us know how to act. We desperately want to help, but we are afraid of overstepping or intruding where we shouldn't.

Critical Comments And Your Children’s Futures

As my friend Eve (not her real name) and I started filling our plates at a recent buffet dinner, she commented that lucky for her, her mother wasn't with us.

Evelyn’s Story

Last week I relayed Evelyn's story. She is a well spouse who was making a simcha.

A Gazayra In Gaza

The Hebrew word gazayra means evil decree. Sometimes, a government decree is just that - an indisputably evil order, as when Pharaoh of Biblical times commanded the murder of all Hebrew male newborns.

Helping Yourself First – Is That Politically Correct?

While randomly perusing some Jewish community newspapers this past week, I was struck by the press releases of several Jewish organizations crowing with excited pride about the significant monetary donations they made for victims of the Tsunami.

Balancing A Simcha And A Crisis

Dealing with chronic illness when planning even the most joyous of occasions is very difficult, even when there is no crisis at the moment.

Balancing A Simcha And A Crisis: My Story

For more than a year now, I have been relating stories from and about well spouses. When these stories reflected a common experience, I wrote about them.

Joined Accounts And Other Signature Stories

When we first marry, we assume life will be wonderful. We rarely think about or discuss potential problems or the possibility of illness darkening our doorstep.

Who’s Watching The Kids?

A good friend of mine, "Sarah," recently shared her concern over her two year old grandson's health.

Are We A Couple Or Not A Couple?

Well spouses with ill partners face a dilemma. Whether the ill spouse's care is long-term hospitalization or a nursing home, the absence of a partner over a long period changes the nature of the family unit.

When Sharing A History Isn’t Enough

As we go through this journey called life, we meet many people and make many friends.

Please Place Brain In Gear Before Operating The Mouth

None of us would deliberately hurt our friends. We would not tell jokes about the blind to a blind person or to a relative of a blind person.

Smart Cars – Stupid Drivers

From time to time, I am asked where I get ideas for my articles. The answer is simple. Just from getting up in the morning and experiencing life.

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