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On the death of my father

By Dennis Prager

3 weeks ago

Max and Hilda Prager in the 1950s. Image courtesy Dennis Prager

My father, Max Prager, died two weeks ago. 

Here, then, are some thoughts on the death of a parent.

1. Longevity

Parents who live long are very lucky. They are lucky not only for... read full article

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