Friday, October 31, 2014 Heshvan 7, 5775
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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By:
Mara Sokolsky, JE Feature
It's been a sobering week. I paid two shivah calls and attended the yahrzeit gathering for a friend who died several years ago of cancer. The expression " Nor oif simchas /(We should meet) only at happy occasions" came to mind as I entered yet another house with the dining-room table overloaded with sweets and an adult child perched forlornly...
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