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  • Flames You Can’t Put Out

    By Tamara Shayne Kagel

    March 30, 2011 | 6:14 pm

    Until recently, I thought the idea of “chemistry” was somewhat made up – a term people used ex post facto to justify liking a certain physical aesthetic.  Like if a guy went on a date with a brunette and he really just has a thing for blondes, he would say “oh that girl was...

  • An enduring miracle

    December 25, 2008 | 5:31 pm

    This coming Shabbat, together with Jewish communities around the world, we will celebrate the joyous festival of Chanukah. Most of us are quite familiar with the story of Chanukah and the miracle that our tradition recalls.

    We learned as children that when the Maccabees rededicated...

  • Searching for the soul

    October 22, 2008 | 10:17 pm

    On a recent Friday night, during one of her rare articulate moments, I asked my 88-year-old mother with Alzheimer’s if she could feel her soul.

    “Yes, I certainly can,” she answered slowly, searching for her words, as she struggled to express the reflection of the feelings inside.

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