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  • Helping Your Parent Defeat Depression

    By Dr. Rachelle Zukerman

    December 18, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Sally H., an 80-year-old Fairfax resident, recently fell into inconsolable sadness after her canary died. To her family, her intense and prolonged sorrow seemed out of place because Sally had only bought the pet a few months earlier.

    "It was only a bird!" they said.

    What her...

  • Delicious Link to the Past

    By Ellen Press

    December 18, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Year after year I would walk up the pathway to Grandma Gussie's apartment, passing her kitchen window on the way to the door. I would hear the clanging of spoons, chopping of potatoes and vegetables or the tea kettle whistling on her tiny stove. My senses filled with the aromas of...

  • Bubbie’s Menorah Miracle

    By Rabbi Eli Hecht

    December 18, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Bubbie, my sweet grandmother, is a small woman, barely 5-feet tall. Her candelabra wasn't just a candleholder used for the Sabbath and Chanukah lights. It was a family symbol; a magnet that brought family and friends together. On Sabbath evenings Bubbie would don a special...

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  • Haven of Refuge

    By Nathan Ezra

    July 17, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    For centuries, most people have viewed Siberia as a dreaded prison of frozen tundra, the closest cold spot on earth to the gloom of purgatory.

    But for the Jews of Asia and Europe, Siberia has represented something far more attractive: a great escape. The targets of deadly...

  • A Letter to My Sons

    By Catherine Gandel

    December 26, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Dear Matt and Steve:

    Thirty-five years ago, armed with a letter of introduction from one of your grandma's friends to the vice president of personnel at Time, Inc., I got my first job. As you guys begin your working lives, and I listen to your efforts, dreams and disappointments, my...

  • Russia’s Jews Rediscover Roots

    By Lev Krichevsky

    December 26, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Lev Entin, a 90-year-old resident of St. Petersburg, has spent the past year relearning something he spent most of his life trying to forget: his Judaism.

    Entin's father was a shochet (ritual slaughterer), and until Entin was 12, he attended a cheder (Jewish school). But after that,...

  • Planning Ahead Can Save on Health Care

    By Gaby Wenig

    December 26, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Eva, 74 and a widow, was a healthy and independent woman until she went shopping one day last December and was mugged. She was attacked with a screwdriver and thrown to ground, breaking her shoulder in four places.

    "I ended up on the sidewalk, totally helpless," said Eva, who lives...

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