Saturday, December 27, 2014 Tevet 5, 5775
By:
Mara Sokolsky, JE Feature
September and Elul are upon us. The bright, dusty light of summer trails off. The wind picks up, and gathers along with it our readiness -- or reluctance -- to face another year and another reckoning. Like the leaves tossed about by the wind, we are not asked if we want to participate in the rhythm of the season. It...
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History can repeat itself -- even when it's at home
By:
Rita Charleston, JE Feature
When a first marriage ends and a new love is on the horizon, it may be the perfect time to begin a new, even a better second marriage, right? Not always. Just because you're divorced and about to marry again, don't think you might be able to avoid the same problems that drove you to divorce the first time around...
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By:
Mara Sokolsky, JE Feature
My friend Nina went to Israel for her junior year -- and stayed for 11 years. Each summer, she'd come home to see her family in New York. Her parents' friends would pester her: "How can you live in such a dangerous place like Israel?" She'd counter with: "How can you live in such a dangerous city like New York?"...
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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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