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  • Love’s Murmur.

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    February 13, 2014 | 12:26 pm

    Tell me of your lonely nights, of the trembling corners of your darkness.
    Tell me of your fleeting fears, both of abandon and of being held.
    Tell me how it was once, of love’s intimate embrace, of days of innocent play.
    Tell me how you thought it would be, of the glory and the...

  • Chief Memory Officer

    By Honey Lazar

    July 3, 2013 | 5:28 am

    I recently spent time with a close friend who told me that when we collect our family stories, photos, and ephemera,we become Chief Memory Officers.   In the case of loving aunt ruth, I think I am the Admin to the CMO, Aunt Ruth, whose memory remains tack sharp for all the answers...

  • Visiting My Father

    By Ilana Angel

    August 15, 2012 | 10:15 am

    Today I went to visit my Dad.  It was very emotional and painful.  I miss him every single day and my heart is broken that he is gone.  I see him in my son, and in myself, but the ache of his passing has gotten deeper with time.  With each accomplishment of my child, each tear of my...

  • Mothers, Fathers, Memories & Bar Mitzvahs

    By Ilana Angel

    December 8, 2011 | 10:06 pm

    When my doctor told me I was pregnant, I fainted.  I was 29 years old and my lifelong dream was to be a mother, so when it was confirmed, after years of trying, it was too much joy to handle I simply fainted.  It was a wonderful day and the love I felt for my child at that exact...

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  • Obituaries: Oct. 28-Nov. 3, 2011

    October 25, 2011 | 7:01 pm

    Esther Irene Alexander died Oct. 4 at 103. Survived by daughter Marsha (Allan) Muller; 1 grandchild; sister Sylvia Broday. Hillside

    Fay Amster died Oct. 11 at 91. Survived by daughters Linda (Jack) Goldman, Arlene Saretsky; 3 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

    Sheila Rose Amsterdam died...

  • This time, I remember

    By Gina Nahai

    November 6, 2008 | 11:05 pm

    We're sitting around my parents' dining room in Century City for Shabbat dinner, and the conversation veers toward our childhoods in Iran.

    My cousin, who's a few years older than I (though you'd never guess it by looking at her, because she has that remarkable ability to forgive the...

  • We remember 9/11

    By The Web Guy

    September 11, 2008 | 4:43 am

    At our regular Wednesday morning editorial meeting, I asked my colleagues to e-mail me any thoughts they'd like to share on today's anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

    Here's what they sent:



    Just days into the start of my senior year, I sat in my fourth period Spanish class when I...
  • Young Manhattanite’s diary of old is new again

    By Sandee Brawarsky

    September 3, 2008 | 9:16 pm

    In New York, even our trash is full of treasure.

    One fall morning in 2003, Lily Koppel left her Riverside Drive apartment building, a bit late for work at The New York Times, and was struck by the sight of a large dumpster outside the entranceway. Piled high were about 50 old steamer...

  • Passover in Palestine—memories of seders in an Israel on the cusp of statehood

    By Jessica Steinberg

    April 17, 2008 | 3:00 pm

    On the eve of Passover 1948, Rabbi Moshe Saks, known as Bud to his family and friends, was stationed in Jerusalem's Talpiot neighborhood, trying to figure out how to get Passover supplies and ammunition to the embattled Haganah soldiers in the Makor Haim neighborhood.

    A rabbi from...

  • The Archivist

    By Dara Lehon

    July 19, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    I've always been a pack rat. I used to save every letter I got, every note I drafted but didn't mail, every card to every gift. My scribbled-in Hello Kitty diary and my first-ever plastic address book (the red one with hearts) that stored vitals for my camp friends, crushes and...
  • Teens can learn from Shoah survivors

    By Jonathan Kuperberg

    March 1, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Kids these days all have tsuris; everyone has stress. A computer breaking down, not having cell phone service, getting grounded, and not getting a new car for a 16th birthday are all things that upset teenagers and stress them out. Yet, these are probably the worst of their problems....
  • My December visit with ‘lady’

    By Gina Nahai

    February 22, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    "Agha isn't here," Khanum says as soon as I walk in through the door. "I don't know when he'll be back."

    Agha is her husband -- dead for 35 years and buried in Iran -- but she speaks about him as if he were just out running an errand.

    "No point waiting around for him," she tells...

  • Composer Martin Bresnick’s classically unique style turns 60

    By George Robinson

    January 18, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Please don't think that Martin Bresnick is having a "Goodbye, Mr. Chips" moment. Sure the acclaimed composer and teacher celebrated his 60th birthday last month with a series of concerts and the release of a new CD of his music, "The Essential Martin Bresnick," performed by a gang...
  • Theater: Troy vs. ‘Tsuris’

    By Robert David Jaffee

    December 14, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    "How should I prepare?" asks playwright Mark Troy after agreeing to an interview the following morning about his new play, "Tsuris," opening Friday, Dec. 22, at the Sidewalk Studio Theater in Toluca Lake. "Should I wear a blue tuxedo?" Although he is not a standup comedian and says...
  • Israel: This year, Last Year

    By Jack Weiss

    August 10, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Rabbi Marvin Hier, Jack Weiss

    "A month ago, we planned to send our kids to Nahariya for release," Eli Moyal, mayor of the Gaza-adjacent, Qassam-besieged town of Sderot, tells me.

    It was a great idea -- last summer I took my kids to Nahariya for vacation. We played on the beach and took a speedboat to the...

  • Overcoming Germanophobia During the World Cup

    By Ivor Davis

    July 19, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    It was more than six decades ago that the Germans were trying to kill me on a nightly basis. Every evening, my family and I would stand at the bottom of our garden in London and listen to the buzz bombs approaching.

    Many were shot down, but many more pierced the defensive guns....

  • Déja Date

    By Amy Klein

    May 4, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    They say that familiarity breeds contempt, but I'm thinking that when you meet so many strangers in so short a time, familiarity might just breed comfort. You see a guy's picture 20 times, you begin to feel you know him. Maybe the first time he wrote to you, you weren't sure about...

  • Memories and Music

    By Roberto Loiederman

    April 27, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Before going inside, every visitor had to sign a waiver agreeing not to sue in case, say, a stray piece of wood or plaster fell on them. It felt, for a moment, like myself and the other members of the audience were embarking on a risky enterprise. But Boyle Heights' Breed Street...

  • A Hidden Child Tells Her Tale

    By Sarah Price Brown

    April 20, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    As a young child in Nazi-occupied France, Marie Kaufman knew the rules: "Don't be seen, don't talk, don't stand up, don't do anything."

    "I used to always think that I was going to kill something, or I was going to make something happen to us if I did anything wrong," Kaufman...

  • The Leah Doll

    By Caroline Cobrin

    March 16, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Tante Mina sat on her couch and slowly tore away the wrapping. When the paper fell and she saw the porcelain doll her nieces had molded, painted and dressed for her, her breath caught in her throat and she let out a little gasp. As Tante Mina continued to stare at the doll, Mali, my...

  • David Karp: A Guide for Unity in Scouting

    By Marc Ballon

    January 5, 2006 | 7:00 pm

     

    When attorney David Karp reminisces about his time in the Cub and Boy Scouts, the good memories come flooding back. He remembers taking long nature hikes, making close friends and fashioning a pinewood derby car from a block of wood, four nails and four wheels. The Scouts,...

  • Holy Toledo!

    By Beverly Gray

    January 5, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    My husband's family hails from Toledo, Ohio, a city that proudly claims kinship with Toledo, Spain. That's one reason I didn't want to miss this Castilian hill town 42 miles southeast of Madrid. There's also the fact that El Greco's "View of Toledo," a spectral view of the city's...

  • Senior Moments - Great-Grand Marshal

    By Ellie Kahn

    November 24, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    As I walked through the grounds at the Jewish Home for the Aging (JHA), I noticed a man in a wheelchair reading a magazine. It was called "Life Extension."

    I had to laugh. Someone must have strategically placed this magazine, like a prop, for the interview I was about to conduct....

  • Hava Flashback

    By Jewish Journal Staff

    November 3, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    "Bar Mitzvah Disco" (Crown, 2005) is part-coffeetable book, part-cultural relic, part-archive and wholly embarrassing.

    Authors Roger Bennett, Jules Shell and Nick Kroll discovered in one long B.S. session that nothing quite engaged their friends, Jew and non-Jew alike, as a trip...

  • Culling Your ‘Stuff’ Can Be Painful Task

    By Ellie Kahn

    November 3, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    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...

  • Maccabiah Games Bring Golden Times

    By Roxana Pourshalimi

    October 13, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    When amateur soccer player Michael Erush went to Israel in July to play for Team USA in the 17th World Maccabiah Games, he was hoping to come home with gold. But following the Israeli team's victory, Erush was content with the American silver-medal win.

    "I always want to do the...

  • Family History at the Holiday Table

    By Schelly Talalay Dardashti

    October 6, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Reconnecting long-lost family often begins with a relative's random comment during a holiday gathering as generations gather around a dinner table. The holiday season is an ideal time to share roots and traditions, and to begin a family history project, adding lasting links to the...

  • Shabbat - Prepare a Meal,  Preserve a Memory

    By Beverly Levitt

    June 23, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    In our family, Shabbat is always a potluck. Three generations bustle about very different kitchens, recreating recipes passed down l'dor v'dor, from generation to generation. And while I consider myself a fairly accomplished cook, I find myself regularly calling mom: "How come my...

  • ‘Down’ on the Valley

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    June 9, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    "I still feel uncomfortable going back to the Valley," 43-year-old filmmaker David Jacobson said. "To this day, I associate it with my childhood sense of feeling lost and lonely in a stark landscape. When I begin going over the 405, my spirits just start to drop."

    Jacobson's...

  • Books - ‘Love’ Tries to Solve Mystery of the Heart

    By Sandee Brawarsky

    June 9, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    "The History of Love" By Nicole Krauss (W.W. Norton, $23.95).

    "The History of Love" is the name of a book within Nicole Krauss's remarkable new novel of the same name, "The History of Love" (Norton). The inner novel has had a life of its own, written in Yiddish in Poland and thought...

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