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Life

Speak, Universe

October 6, 2005, by

We couldn’t have found a more fitting symbol for the twentieth century’s close than the failure, in 1999’s last days, of NASA’s mission to the Red Planet. “Mars Lander’s Apparent Loss Dashes Spirits and Raises Fears,” read the headline in The New York Times, when the expensive little robot designed to relay data from Mars

What If?

September 30, 2005, by

What if the shofar sounded last week, last month, last year? And what if we slept right through it? We all have moments when we feel something deep within our hearts and souls. When the core of our being tells us that something is so. Tells us we must do something, and do it now,

The Perfect Anorexic: A Young Woman’s Story

September 21, 2005, by

From the pages of Jewish Action “Try my chocolate cake, it’s delicious!” These simple words once struck terror in my heart. As a young woman with an eating disorder, I was terrified to eat anything, especially rich chocolate cake. I was a skinny 13 year old when my fear of gaining weight first surfaced. I

Talk or No Talk?

September 15, 2005, by

From the pages of Jewish Action When my wife and I were first married, we traveled to England. Attending to mundane matters upon our arrival, I needed a haircut. I went to a barbershop in London and as I sat down in the barber’s chair, he asked me, “Talk or no talk?” I had never

Yachad: The Secret That Is Saving Our People

September 9, 2005, by

Allow me to tell you about a very special young lady named Navi. Navi is 23 years old. She is absolutely gorgeous. She is smart. She is funny. She has more friends than anyone I’ve ever known. She is sweet. She is warm. She is also sincerely religious, with a belief in Hashem that is

Connecting Heaven and Earth with Acrylic and Oil

September 2, 2005, by

Atara London Grenadir – Painting from the Inside Out  By Bayla Sheva Brenner “My works are ‘soul works’, not just a representation of a Jewish theme,” says Atara London Grenadir, popular abstract painter and down-home Oklahoma girl, whom Ivan Karp, founder of Manhattan’s O.K. Harris Gallery, called a “color visionary.” Twenty years ago, she sold

An Addict in Our Home

August 18, 2005, by

From the pages of Jewish Action My 22-year-old son David is tall, handsome, bright and charming. He is also an alcoholic and a drug addict. David was brought up in our Orthodox Jewish home in Queens, where he was active in Jewish causes. He discovered an interest in drinking, as my wife and I learned

Diary of a Professional Mother

August 10, 2005, by

From the pages of Jewish Action “Hashem made the trees, right?” asked my wide-eyed, not-yet three- year-old. “Yes,” I said. “And the sky and all of the animals?” “Yes, everything.” “Mommy, did Hashem make Mommy and Abba?” he persisted. “Yes, He did.” “So Mommy, who made Hashem?” A few months later, while walking on the

My Son, the Tank Driver

August 4, 2005, by

From the Pages of Jewish Action You wrote that Meir will soon be stationed in Aza. We could not find Aza on the map. We wonder if Aza is in Gaza. Is it? We hope  not. Such e-mails from my in-laws in the United States were common last year, when my son Meir served as a tank driver in the Israeli

Confessions of a Hollywood Marrano

July 29, 2005, by

From the pages of Jewish Action – Spring 2002 “I hear you have some special diet,” he said.Several years ago, I arrived on location for a film shoot in North Carolina. As I settled into my office, there was a knock at the door and I looked up to see a long-haired, tattooed, tough-looking young man who introduced himself