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The Smart Schlimazels And Cunning Shlemiels

14 Adar I 5765 – February 23, 2005
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)

7 Adar I 5765 – February 16, 2005
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

30 Shevat 5765 – February 9, 2005
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

23 Shevat 5765 – February 2, 2005
Last week I relayed Evelyn's story. She is a well spouse who was making a simcha.

A Gazayra In Gaza

16 Shevat 5765 – January 26, 2005
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?

2 Shevat 5765 – January 12, 2005
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

24 Tevet 5765 – January 5, 2005
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

17 Tevet 5765 – December 29, 2004
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?

10 Tevet 5765 – December 22, 2004
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

3 Tevet 5765 – December 15, 2004
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.

The Aguna-In-Waiting

25 Kislev 5765 – December 8, 2004
A Get (Jewish divorce) must be given freely and received freely. A man must be able, in front of two witnesses, to indicate his willingness to divorce his wife.

My Ever Decreasing Circle Of Good Friends

18 Kislev 5765 – December 1, 2004
My mother used to say you never know who your good friends are until you go through a crisis.


While recently riding on a private local bus, I couldn't help but overhear two elderly, balbatish ladies talking.

Understanding The Caregiver Of The Chronically Ill: The Person Behind The Chair

4 Kislev 5765 – November 17, 2004
Let's paint a picture with your mind. Picture a couple. The wife is standing beside her husband. Lets add four children, say three, five, seven and an infant. Paint a beautiful summer day. The birds are singing, the flowers are out and the grass is lush and green. The family is taking a walk. The three year old is balancing on his new tricycle. The infant is asleep in a stroller. The five and seven year olds are kicking a soccer ball as they walk along. The family stops to sit under a tree. The infant has fallen asleep.

A Visit From Beyond

During this past Yom Tov, I spent some time with my son who lives out of town.

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