Looking Backwards, Literally!

One can argue that forgetting something on a regular basis is a sign of advancing age and it’s time to for a neurological evaluation, but based on the number of young people who need to replace a lost smart phone (too bad it’s not smart enough to warn its owner that that they have become separated – or is there an app for that too?), I safely can say that losing “stuff” cuts across the generations.

Sixty-Five Years And Four Generations

Sixty-five years is a long time. Indeed, it was not until about 1947 that a person born in that year could expect to live to at least age 65. So when one encounters a couple who have been married for sixty-five years, it is certainly worth noting.

Lodz Jewish Cemetery

The cemetery in Lodz is said to be one of the largest Jewish cemeteries in Europe, with about 230,000 graves.

Warsaw Completes Ghetto Project

Poland's capital recently marked the completion of a massive restoration project that marks the borders of the former Jewish Ghetto that was walled in by Nazis occupiers during World War II.

Getting Kids Into The Kitchen

I debated starting the kids with less-than-sharp-knives but there's really no point in doing that. If they are learning a skill, they might as well learn it right.

When Sharing A History Isn’t Enough

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

Back To Poland

On Yom Kippur, I was in Kiev after having participated in the commemorations at Babi Yar.

Downtown Brooklyn

Question: Is there any way to achieve peace between Israelis and Palestinians?

VIP (Or Very Immaculate Pesach)

Though I loved cooking, I did it with a heavy heart as I continuously worried about what I should be cleaning.

Jewish Agricultural Colonies in America (Part III)

“Attuned to the ideal of establishing a new Zion in free America, they named their new colony Palestine.

February 2013

I get a lot of questions around Purim, and I don’t always have a chance to answer them all. So let’s get started:

How To Give The Best Present Ever!

In the true desire to cut down on unnecessary purchases, for myself and for others, I have begun asking people directly what they want as a gift.

More Phone Stories

Chronic illness, to the great pain of everyone involved, only ends in one way, death.

A Churning Stomach And An Upturned Nose

Several weeks ago, there was back and forth "dialogue" in the editorial pages of the Jewish Press concerning the very subjective view as to who is the more "authentic" Jew amongst the various segments of the Orthodox community.

In Your Hands

The sounds and scents of the kitchen are cozy, familiar, but loud in the silence.

Crunchy Cabbage Salad

I like my dressings acidic and light. The problem is, I never measure. I just throw a few ingredients together and hope for the best.

R & R

The well spouse, despite the calm and in control mask s/he wears, tends to be a fragile creature.

Swidin Jewish Cemetery Vandalized Again

Half of the 20 tombstones in the Jewish cemetery of Swidin were broken March 1, according to Albert Stankowski of the Foundation for the Preservation of Jewish Heritage in Warsaw. "This was done during the same time as the Claims Conference was visiting in Poland, and I have no doubt that the act against the cemetery was related," he said. Stankowksi was referring to a Claims Conference meeting last week with the government about compensation for Jewish property stolen by the Nazis and Communists.

Just Say No

We are living in a society where the bar gets raised higher and higher every year, and where today's splurge becomes tomorrow's necessity.

School Supply Lists

While obviously every teacher will have specific items she (or he) wants students to use, we have compiled a general supply list to make your initial shopping trip a little easier.

Staying Cool During Summer Heat

One summer, I managed to go the entire season without an air conditioner in my bedroom.

Human Folly

It seems like yesterday that we were shuddering in shul on Yom Kippur, pleading with Hashem to forgive our sins, wrongdoings and transgressions. Especially those that involved unethical and mean-spirited treatment of friends, relatives and strangers alike.

Have You Made A Difference In Someone’s Life?

A rose that I picked from our garden to enhance the beauty of our sukkah is so exquisite that visitors remarked that they didn’t realize it was “real” until they noticed the water in the vase.

My Great Grandmother

If you look up the word "role model" in the dictionary you will find the following definition: "a person whose behavior, example, or success is or can be emulated by others, especially by younger people.”

Criminal Insensitivity

Years ago, when I was in college, I took an undergraduate course in law. I don't remember much of what I learned, but the concept of criminal negligence has stuck in my mind.

Camp Nine Days

Thankfully, camp mommy has been going along swimmingly (see what I did there?) until now.

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