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Wendy Wasserstein, the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, died on Jan. 30 in New York of lymphoma. She was 55. This essay was written by her close friend, actress Caroline Aaron.
I first discovered Wendy Wasserstein at the 92nd St. Y. Known as the off-Broadway playwright of...
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My Aunt Naomi is overwhelmed.
Now 78, she was widowed three years ago. She lost her husband, but inherited his piles of files, cancelled checks and warranties for current and formerly owned equipment.
Aunt Naomi also has her own collections -- beloved tchotchkes that are scattered...
October 6, 2005 | 8:00 pm
I would like to clarify a misunderstanding in a recent press release from the Orthodox Union that was reported in The Journal, "Mourning For Gaza, New Orleans" (Sept. 30). The OU organized a nationwide ta'anit dibbur, or period of silence, over this past Shabbat....
April 21, 2005 | 8:00 pm
Illyse Zesch likes to start her Passover shopping early. So it isn't surprising that, two weeks before the holiday, she made a trip with her fiancé -- Rabbi Steve Conn of Santa Clarita's Temple Beth Shalom -- to the Kosher Club on Pico near La Brea, the largest kosher market in...
January 20, 2005 | 7:00 pm
Rabbi Donald Goor, senior rabbi of Temple Judea in the West Valley, has identified a deficiency within the Jewish community: There's not enough emphasis on care of the soul.
"In my rabbinate, I see so many people who walk around wounded. They function very well in life, but they...
November 11, 2004 | 7:00 pm
In a significant move by the U.S. government, FBI agents have seized a Picasso painting claimed as Nazi-looted art by a descendant of the original German Jewish owners.
Agents from the Los Angeles bureau confiscated the painting, valued at $10 million, at the Chicago home of the...
September 9, 2004 | 8:00 pm
Aviel Atash was the entire world for his mother, Rachel. A developmentally delayed woman who married at the age of 39, Rachel never thought she would have children, and Aviel was like a dream, said her brother, Los Angeles resident Yoram Partush.
But that dream exploded last week...
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I was a teenage pro-choice fanatic.
My car's license plate read CHOICE 8. Apparently, I shared my enthusiasm with at least seven other people in Illinois. But life's wisdom comes slowly. Once, when a neighbor three times my age told me she agreed that abortion should be legal, I...
November 20, 2003 | 7:00 pm
Years ago, one of my colleagues had the awesome task of officiating at the funeral of a 9-year-old girl killed by a car while riding her bicycle. My friend gathered the children from that small Jewish community and gently invited them to speak their true feelings.
"I'm mad at my mom...
September 18, 2003 | 8:00 pm
"The Blessing of a Broken Heart" by Sherri Mandell (Toby Press, 2003).
When a crime takes place in my neighborhood, I play a mental trick. Of course that (naive) person was mugged. She was walking alone after dark. Naturally that (careless) family was burglarized -- they left their...
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Write the word "fiscal" and know that a hefty proportion of your readers will find something else to read. So, let's talk about money instead.
Specifically, about the money the states don't have.
The only thing you need to know by way of background is that almost all states are...
March 27, 2003 | 7:00 pm
There are very few people I know who have an unambiguous perspective on this war. I think we are quite unanimous in our belief that Saddam Hussein is a bad guy who should go -- for the sake of his own people and all the people in the Middle East.
As a stand-alone goal, the removal...
February 13, 2003 | 7:00 pm
Neil Simon has always laced his plays with aspects of his own life and, at age 75, he takes on mortality -- specifically the mortality of a creative writer -- in "Rose and Walsh."
In the world premiere of his 33rd play, now at the Geffen Playhouse in Westwood, Simon examines death,...
February 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm
The groundswell of emotion in response to Ilan Ramon's death has not only been a great inspiration for American Jews, it also has helped strengthen the bond Americans feel for Israel.
"It's a state of mourning for the whole nation. Our school is no different," said Joseph "J.P."...
February 28, 2002 | 7:00 pm
September 23, 1999 | 8:00 pmWhen painful loss occurs in our lives, we want to make some sense of it: Why did she get so sick? Why did I lose my livelihood? Why can't we conceive a child? Why did he die? In his new book, "Making Loss Matter: Creating Meaning in Difficult Times" (Riverhead Books, $23.95), David...
June 3, 1999 | 8:00 pmWe buried her 13 months ago -- this flower, this light, this precious partner of his for 60 years. Everything was done in our ancient way: the funeral with its torn, black ribbons and clods of earth thunking on plain pine; the shiva, with its prayers, grief and Bundt cakes; a year of...
May 27, 1999 | 8:00 pmMurray Cohen and his wife of 52 years, Lillian, were both Holocaust survivors. Since Lillian's death nine months ago, Murray spends most of his days inside. Without the attention of his daughter Barbara, Murray would hardly eat, shower or speak.
Murray is a fictional character who...
October 2, 1997 | 8:00 pm
Ethan Gura doesn't remember his sister. Still, he cannot forgether. He can't forget that Rebecca Alexandra Gura died in 1991 after afour and a half year battle with leukemia. She was then six yearsold. He was three.
Now, at age 9, Ethan is a veteran of various therapies, alldesigned...
May 15, 1997 | 8:00 pm
A few weeks ago, I saw my husband walking across the street, near the dry cleaners. He was wearing khakis, a beige shirt and the brown belt I bought him for his 48th birthday, the one with the gold buckle. I couldn't see the buckle, because I only saw him from behind. But I knew that...
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