Sunday, December 28, 2014 Tevet 6, 5775
By:
Mara Sokolsky, JE Feature
Jews in Yiddish-speaking lands didn't cross borders; they stole them. Slipping across a country's boundaries was known as ganvenen dem grenetz/ stealing the border. Ganvenen has the same root as ganif , or "thief." It's an interesting linguistic window into how fraught with danger moving from place to place could be. We Jews have a long history of being treated...
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By:
Mara Sokolsky, JE Feature
I got married in 1984, so our upcoming anniversary is that notable 25-year mark. On the one hand, it's just a number. If you hang out with someone long enough, you'll eventually rack up lots of years by the sheer passage of time. On the other hand, if you find -- as I did -- that being a connected partner...
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Divvying up the house in a divorce in a bitter economy
By:
Rita Charleston, JE Feature
Face it: Marriage can be absolutely magical or one of the worst experiences of a lifetime. And, although it's never easy to end a marriage, today it's even harder, especially in these times of economic recession and a declining housing market. Contemplating divorce during an economic recession can be tremendously complicated, leading some couples who want to divorce to postpone...
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By:
Mara Sokolsky, JE Feature
I'm old enough to remember trudging through the snow to get to school with my ski pants bunched uncomfortably under my dress. Once there, off came the boots and the pants; before going home again, they were yanked back on. My daughters are incredulous that the New York City public schools permitted girls to wear only dresses or skirts in...
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Is there room for a child's heritage when he becomes 'Americanized'?
By:
Alexandra Dorante, JE Feature
When she was 2, Jennifer Kelley's mother abandoned her at a Korean train station. She was quickly put into foster care in Korea, and, six months later, a white American couple adopted her. The couple changed her Korean name, Myung Ja Choi, and moved the family to an all-white neighborhood in New Canaan, Conn. With two white brothers and a...
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