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My Readers Write:

Over the last several weeks I have received many letters that have offered advice, asked for help or simply responded to one of my articles.

We Can’t Always Emulate Those Who Appear Perfect

I recently attended a conference on a particular type of chronic illness that I knew little about.

Po-Lin

Every year there seems to be a new bestseller with a Holocaust theme that reveals a new story of heroism in the most horrible of times.

Happiness Is A Gratitude Journal

You're cooking or cleaning and the radio is on in the background to keep you company. You really are not listening and have no idea what's being said, but suddenly "Israel" is mentioned and you rush over, turn up the volume and listen. How does that happen? What made you hear that word? What made you pay attention, while you had ignored the thousands of other words that might have been said in the minutes before? More importantly, how can we get that to work for us and make us happier?

Accessibility And Our Community (Part 1)

It is difficult and expensive to make old institutions accessible to wheelchairs.

Auschwitz Museum Seeks World Funding

The museum at the Auschwitz death camp is warning that its historic buildings will collapse without funding from world governments.

Sweet Home Savannah

There's the old joke about two Jews deserted on an island who build three shuls. Like many attempts at humor, there is a certain degree of truth to this adage.

Choosing Divorce (Part Two)

Fraidy and Chaim were married for 10 years. They were still in love. They cared for and respected each other.

Avoiding Taxes, At All Costs?

I was recently traveling across the United States/Canadian Border. As soon as people heard I would be traveling that way, my phone began ringing off the hook. Friends, and even strangers, called me to ask if I would take packages for them. From a favorite food for someone's daughter, baby clothes for a new grandchild, to a much loved breakfast cereal; the requests came pouring in. But what astounded me the most was the requests from people I didn't know asking me to take jewelry. One person asked if I would take a diamond ring to her son so he could propose. She wanted to send it with me so that it would not be held up for taxes.

Tznius (Modesty) – Part II

Last week I wrote about the difficulty of enforcing a tznius standard in some of our schools. I reported the stories of two children of the chronically ill, who by circumstances not of their doing could not meet the "tznius" criteria set by the school and kept being fined for infractions.

Thoughts of Suicide

In the past, when I would interview members of well-spouse support groups the topic of suicide was one that was never discussed. However, I always felt it was in the air, just hovering above the group and something very often hinted at in our discussions. Talk of self-neglect, of deliberately doing things detrimental to one's health and avoiding things that were healthy, would come up repeatedly.

Use Your Filter

We all have a filter, should we choose to use it. It is the sensitive part of us that allows us to hear what we are about to say before it leaves our mouth.

Benefit For The Museum Of Jewish History In Poland

On January 14 the North American Council for the Museum of the History of Polish Jews held an evening of theater in support of the Museum.

When What You Can Do Changes (Part IV)

Over the last three weeks I have written about caregivers needing to accept their limitations and make changes accordingly.

They Called Me Mayer July: Painted Memories Of A Jewish Childhood Before The Holocaust

Most memoirs written by former Jewish citizens of Poland talk in detail of the Shoah, such as the book I wrote about last week, The Zoo Keeper's Wife.

Dealing With The System

Last week I wrote about the inability for two well spouses in different circumstances to handle an illness crisis in the same way.

Psycho Neurological Testing And Counseling

Over the last two weeks we have been discussing one way in which well spouses can determine whether behavior displayed by their ill partners is caused by their illness or is a way they have chosen to act. We have focused on Psycho-Neurological testing, what it can tell us, as well as its pros and cons.

Polish Events In Israel

With all the missiles and rockets being fired at Israel from the Gaza Strip by Hamas and the retaliatory bombing of Hamas targets by Israel there has been a very large rise in anti-Israel demonstrations around the world.

Lancut

On my many trips to Poland, I always heard of the amazing synagogue structure in Lancut.

Caring For Our Seniors and Holocaust Survivors: A Conference (Part 3)

Last week I began to share the list of triggers put together by the Ahavas Chesed of Montreal.

Special Needs

I have often written about how important respite is for the caregiver.

Who Is Raising Your Children?

Though the summer is long gone, and depending where you live, the trees might be changing colors, there may even be snow on the ground - some of the people I meet are still "smarting" from their camp experience.

Polish Events In Israel

With all the missiles and rockets being fired at Israel from the Gaza Strip by Hamas and the retaliatory bombing of Hamas targets by Israel there has been a very large rise in anti-Israel demonstrations around the world.

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.

How Community Expectations Influence Your Reality

Doubt is a very powerful force. It slowly erodes what we know to be true. It can undermine our self-confidence and even change our reality. Doubt comes from many sources and very often in the form of innocuous comments from friends and family.

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