Friday, August 22, 2014 Av 26, 5774
By:
Rachel Levy Lesser
On the night my daughter was born, I felt whole again -- or at least as whole as I could feel after losing my 57-year-old mother, who was an integral part of my 30-year-old, adult, day-to-day life. Her death 18 months beforehand loomed large throughout her six-year battle with ocular melanoma, a rare form of aggressive cancer that is first...
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By:
Mara Sokolsky, JE Feature
Halfway through the recent movie "Definitely, Maybe," an old Jewish joke winds its way into one of the scenes. Kevin Kline, playing a middle-aged professor, has just suffered a heart attack. Lying on hospital bed, a nurse leans over him and asks "Are you comfortable?" Without skipping a beat he responds, "I make a living." I like that joke because...
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By:
Michelle Mostovy-Eisenberg, JE Feature
It's a truism that countless wars have been fought over religion. But still, it has always troubled thinkers and the faithful that something by nature so peaceful and spiritual should so frequently result in stirring up murderous passions. One way to overcome this, according to a diverse scholarly panel, is to develop a deeper understanding of and respect for other...
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By:
Mara Sokolsky, JE Feature
Often, when I'm driving, I turn the radio to our local "Oldies but Goodies" station. I'm amazed at how many of the '60s' and '70s' lyrics I recall, and how quickly I'm transported back to a simpler time. Although I enjoy my driving stints as an unpaid backup singer, I've found myself mildly annoyed by all those lyrics moaning about...
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By:
Michelle Mostovy-Eisenberg, JE Feature
For those hoping to send their children to Jewish overnight camps, the road ahead may be a little less daunting, thanks to a new grant initiative geared toward first-time attendees. Camp Galil in Ottsville, Bucks County, is one of a number of recipients of this new initiative. Set up by the Jewish Funders Network/Foundation for Jewish Camping Matching Grants Initiative...
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