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Widows Don’t Mourn For Just One Month

June 14, 2017, by

Smiling, I sat at my grandson’s Bar Mitzvah just six weeks after my husband Adam’s passing. Everyone was kind to me. That day went beautifully.   Up until that day I had been concentrating on how I would celebrate the Bar Mitzvah despite being in mourning.   The rabbi had said, “Widows only mourn for one month.”

Protest, But Protest Wisely

June 12, 2017, by

This is kind of what happened with the call to boycott Sears last week. In case you missed it, Jewish social media was blowing up over pro-Palestinian t-shirts that were offered for sale on the Sears web site. There’s no shortage of “Free Palestine” gear available online but these shirts, with the image of a

Actors on the Stage of Life

June 12, 2017, by

All the world’s a stage, And all the men and women merely players; They have their exits and their entrances, And one man in his time plays many parts -William Shakespeare Life brings many questions: Why do some people have such difficult lives, while others have it so easy? Why is there so much suffering in

There Were Once Jews Here: The ’67 Flight of Egyptian Jewry

June 12, 2017, by

We have been hearing a lot about the war waged by multiple Arab countries against Israel 50 years ago. But there was another war waged by some of those same countries that same week that we have heard pretty much nothing about: a war against the Jews. Even in June 1967, after two decades of threats, expulsions,

Knock on the Door

June 9, 2017, by

Danny and I had been dating for two years when we decided to move from New York to Los Angeles. In LA, there are two big Jewish areas – Pico-Robertson and La Brea – and we wanted to go where it was more affordable. So we chose Pico. Upon looking around the neighborhood, we were

Kathy Griffin Learns About Unintended Consequences

June 9, 2017, by

Comedian Kathy Griffin has been taking serious heat for posing with a bloody effigy of President Donald Trump’s severed head in a picture by photographer Tyler Shields. Yes, President Trump is a polarizing figure but even many of his detractors have deemed Griffin’s actions to be a step too far. Consequently, Griffin’s tour gigs have

There Are No Secrets

June 8, 2017, by

Harvard University recently revoked offers of admission to at least ten incoming freshmen after they exchanged sexually-explicit memes and racist messages in a private Facebook group chat. The admitted students had formed a messaging group entitled “Harvard memes for horny bourgeois teens” whose posts included memes and images suggesting sexual assault, and callously addressing such

Man’s Search for Meaning

June 5, 2017, by

After surviving Auschwitz, Viktor Frankl opened his practice as a psychiatrist on the Upper East Side, and he was shocked by the stories patients told him. A human being who leads his/her life without purpose will inevitably be depressed, he concluded.

The Modzitzer and Me

May 24, 2017, by

The Modzitzer and Me Intro: Rabbi Tzvi Hersh Weinreb, former head of the Orthodox Union and a popular speaker and writer, was a young rabbi living in Brooklyn when war broke out in in 1967. Here, he describes his encounter with Rav Shmuel Eliyahu Taub soon after the war. My memories of the 20th day

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