Several weeks ago on Shabbat Chol HaMoed Pesach my grandmother Marie Lebovitz passed away. We all lovingly called her Gammi. My Dad asked me to officiate the funeral. Although I had never officiated a funeral before, I said yes. I would do anything for my father. And thanks to...
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Last fall, 27-year-old Ohad Ben-Yaakov was injured in an accident at his part-time job, and he died after two weeks in a coma. Ben-Yaakov wasn’t married, nor was he in a relationship. No woman was pregnant with his child.
Nevertheless, his devastated parents believe it’s not...
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Why does everyone become Irish on St. Patrick’s day? Even the Jews. When has it become a good thing for Jews to start drinking? Have you ever seen Jewish people drink? No, that’s because most of us can’t hold down our liquor, and its not pretty.
I am definitely the “drinker” in...
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Today my 11-year-old son, Tyler shared a very interesting conversation that he had with his classmates. It started during lunch time when he pulled out a peanut butter with bananas, and honey sandwich on whole grain bread. After Tyler was done with it, he pulled out carrots,...
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I really don’t like Valentine’s Day! I hate everything about it, the stupid, corny Hallmark cards, the over-priced flowers, the overcrowded restaurants, the need to out-do each other with pricey gifts, etc… I am not saying that we shouldn’t show our love for the people in our...
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Growing up, I called my grandmother Grandma.
We were Jewish, but also American. There was never any question but that my grandma would be Grandma. Even if she was born in the Old Country and, like all my friends and all their grandparents, spoke with a Yiddish accent. I used to...
December 18, 2008 | 2:34 amWhen Louise Beckman mentioned Chanukah to her toddler granddaughter two years ago, the child's repeated response was: "No presents."
Beckman felt rejected.
Her granddaughter, who was diagnosed with autism, has improved her ability to communicate with others due to early intervention...
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On Sunday, April 17, hundreds of Holocaust survivors from around the world, along with their children and grandchildren, gathered on the site of the German concentration camp of Bergen-Belsen to observe the 60th anniversary of the camp’s liberation. I was privileged to...
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I recently returned from Florida, where I spent the Kwanzaa break (I've coined a new name for the winter break that I hope will sweep the nation) with my parents. Actually, they used to be my parents. Now they're my son's grandparents. I was once my mother's middle child, her...
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Invitations? Eliminate the possible problems way ahead of time. Have you asked your parents and your in-laws to give you a list? When you do, give them a number. When you ask for a list of 30 from each side, it is so much better than receiving 50 from one set of parents and 100 from...
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A Modern Grandfather
By Tom Tugend, Contributing Editor
They don't make grandparents like they usedto.
Time was when the doddering old dears couldn't imagine a greaterthrill than having the grandkids over and spoiling them rotten.
Nowadays, a phone conversation is more likely to go like...
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