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The Pope Comes A Calling

11 Sivan 5766 – June 7, 2006
Last week Pope Benedict XVI went to Poland to honor his predecessor, Pope John Paul II.

Harry Fischel: Orthodox Jewish Philanthropist Par Excellence (Part II)

Mr. Fischel had a longstanding relationship with the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (RIETS), which was destined to have its name transferred to the rabbinical school affiliated with Yeshiva University.

Testimonials – A Daughter Speaks

4 Sivan 5766 – May 31, 2006
Last week I shared a chronically ill husband's nomination of his wife for a Caregivers Award.

Private Restitution Proposal Possible

The issue of restitution for private property owned by Jews in Poland has long been a sore spot for many Jews of Polish origin.

Testimonials – A Husband Speaks

26 Iyyar 5766 – May 24, 2006
Recognition of well spouses has come a long way since I first began writing about them.

Learning The Hard Way (Part II)

I am still getting calls and e-mails from mothers and grandmothers with girls for "Avi" (a non-New Yorker), the ben Torah "earner" who was having trouble finding girls in his community willing to go out with him because he was not learning full time.

If You Want My Business, Don’t Make It So Hard

19 Iyyar 5766 – May 17, 2006
Last week I told Francis' story of how she helped convince a car dealership to put in a permanent ramp and keep it accessible.

Jewish Press Exclusive – McCain: ‘Proudly Pro-Israel’ – Says Haaretz Article Left...

In statements to The Jewish Press this week, Arizona Senator John McCain reacted sharply to an article earlier this month in the Israeli daily Haaretz that he said left "several serious misimpressions" regarding his views on Israel and the Middle East.

The Old Shtetl Szczuczyn

The first mention of Szczuczyn, located in northeastern Poland, was in 1466 when it was mentioned in documents as a village that belonged to private owners.

Learning The Hard Way (Part I)

13 Iyyar 5766 – May 10, 2006
In my previous column I wrote about an ehrlich young man (who does not live in New York) who was a college educated earner with an excellent income (his wife won't have to work if she so chooses) who learned in his spare time but was having a hard time getting an in-town shidduch because most of the girls wanted full-time learners.

Mishnitz, Myszyniec

Recently I received a letter with an inquiry about the town of Mishnitz.

I Don’t Think You Want My Business!

The needs of the chronically ill are many, varied and usually extremely expensive.

A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words (Part 5)

5 Iyyar 5766 – May 3, 2006
The last cartoon that came out of the discussion with the well spouse group depicted how society sees the well spouse, or should I say doesn't see him.

Harry Fischel: Orthodox Jewish Philanthropist Par Excellence (Part I)

The front-page essay "The Multimillionaire Who Remained True to Orthodoxy" (Jewish Press, April 28) dealt with the early life of Harry Fischel.

News From Poland

The conservative minority government of Poland's Law and Justice party has agreed to enter a coalition with two extreme-right parties.

A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words (Part 4)

29 Nisan 5766 – April 26, 2006
The next two cartoons from the well spouse group I interviewed are almost identical. One seems to me to come from society and one from chronically ill spouses themselves.

‘If My Son Is Treif So Is His Money’

A few days ago, while out of town, I connected with an old friend.

Remembering The Warsaw Ghetto

This week the Jewish world commemorated Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, on the anniversary of the fall of the Warsaw Ghetto.

A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words (Part 3)

21 Nisan 5766 – April 19, 2006
As I continue to share the cartoons from a well spouse group I interviewed, I'd like to share one that illustrates a common bone of contention to well spouses and their partners.

Polish Chasidic Student Returns to Poland For Pesach

Mati Pavlack, a rabbinic student studying at Yeshiva University, returned to Poland for Pesach to help the local population prepare and celebrate the holiday.

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