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Wendy Belzberg

  • The Giving Ladder

    March 18, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    "Rambams Ladder: A Meditation on Generosity and Why It Is Necessary to Give" by Julie Salamon (Workman Publishing, $18.95).

    Even a wizard at niche marketing would tremble before the title of Julie Salamon's most recent book. "Rambam's Ladder," based on an ancient text by Rabbi Moses...

  • Ask Wendy

    January 8, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Does Help Betray Sister?

    Dear Wendy,

    My sister and her husband are observant Jews. Their daughter, my teenage niece, comes over to my house regularly and asks me questions about boys and sex. Her questions are typical teenage fare but clearly not topics she feels comfortable...

  • Ask Wendy

    November 20, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Family Friend's New Beau Not Welcome at Wedding

    Dear Wendy,

    Close family friends have recently separated after 20 years of marriage -- the wife left her husband for someone else. She won't go anywhere without him and is intent on making sure that her friends recognize them...

  • Ask Wendy

    April 30, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Fatherhood Faker

    Dear Wendy,

    My husband and I have been happily married for two years. Before we got married he agreed to have his vasectomy reversed. He now claims to have no recollection of that promise. He is not at all prone to lying and I almost believe him. Unfortunately, I...

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  • Ask Wendy

    February 27, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Loose Lips Sink Schools



    Dear Wendy,

    I have spent hundreds of hours volunteering at my children's school and I am an active member of the parent council. My kids love the school and would hate to leave, but there seems to be a problem with loose lips. After discussing my...

  • Ask Wendy

    February 13, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    An Unreasonable Invite?



    Dear Wendy,

    My wife and I recently had a falling out with very close friends whom we've known for over 40 years. When their daughter became engaged, they told us early on that, for budgetary reasons, our children would not be invited to the wedding. We...

  • Ask Wendy

    January 9, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    When Is It Too Late?

    Dear Wendy,

    A close friend of my parents passed away six months ago and I never wrote a card or paid a shiva call. Is it too late to right this wrong, tactfully?

    Belated Condolence Conundrum

    Dear Belated,

    Your dilemma is a familiar one. Most people --...

  • Ask Wendy

    December 12, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Accentuate the Negative

    Dear Wendy,

    My 7-year-old son has chosen as his best friends two of the rudest boys I have ever met. The words "please" and "thank you" have yet to cross their lips; each request begins with "give me" or "I want," and that is only the beginning. Is it...

  • Ask Wendy

    October 3, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Absent Father Wants to See Daughters

    Dear Wendy,

    My father left my mother when my sister was 8 and I was 5. His visits became increasingly infrequent until, about 20 years ago, we stopped hearing from him altogether. Recently he got in touch with my sister, told her he was...

  • Ask Wendy

    September 5, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Husband Goes AWOL at Holidays

    Dear Wendy,

    My husband and I have the same argument every year: I ask him to attend High Holiday services with me, and he refuses. He claims he is not a believer and does not want to be hypocritical. I've tried every argument to change his mind....

  • How Can We Celebrate Now?

    October 11, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    It is hard to look. My insides ache for the boy whose father never came home, for the office workers who watched men and women plunge to their deaths and for the little girl -- now homeless -- whose doll collection is buried under mountains of dust. It is so hard to look at this new...

  • Ask Wendy

    May 17, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    His Cheatin' Heart

    Dear Wendy,

    My best friend discovered that her husband has been having a long-term affair. First she wept on my shoulder, then she asked me what I thought she should do? Is there a right answer to that question? She and her husband have three small children...

  • Ask Wendy

    April 19, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Unmarried at 40

    Dear Wendy,

    My youngest brother, Azer, is 40 years old and not married or dating anyone seriously. He is a kohen and will not marry a widow, divorcee or a convert, which excludes most of the eligible women I know in his age category. My Orthodox relatives in...

  • Ask Wendy

    March 22, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Passover Denial



    Dear Wendy:
    My 10-year-old daughter attends Hebrew school at our Reform synagogue. She recently reported that her religion teacher said that the Passover miracles never happened and that she saw a TV show "proving" that the splitting of the Red Sea was the result...

  • Ask Wendy

    February 8, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Cutting Corners



    Dear Wendy:
    My husband and I are expecting our first son and have decided not to circumcise him. I think the practice is barbaric; my husband is swayed by the recent medical literature. How do we break the news to our parents? -- Fearing the Folks

    Finally, a...

  • Ask Wendy

    January 11, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Country Club Bigots

    Dear Wendy:
    My children attend private school about an hour outside of New York City. My 9-year-old son recently came home and told me that one of his classmates said he would not be welcome at their family's country club. The reference went over my son's...

  • Scared Uncle or Good Dad?

    December 7, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    To Flake or Not to Flake?

    Dear Wendy:


    My brother and his family live in Israel. His 12-year-old daughter is having a Bat Mitzvah in March and we, of course, said we would attend. Given the current political situation there, however, I no longer feel comfortable taking my wife and...

  • A Look at Jewish Germany

    March 16, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    When I first lived in Europe I had no desire to go to Germany. I was not interested in seeing the country where the Holocaust evolved, nor was I interested in supporting the German economy. However, over a period of time, I have changed and have now visited Germany several times over...
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