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  • Why I Pray For Patients.

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    May 29, 2014 | 7:27 am

    When I first met Ralph, he was 82 years old.  He suffered from shortness of breath which started when his wife of 56 years was diagnosed with a rare bone cancer.  Upon further investigation, I diagnosed him with a weak heart and a very tight aortic valve which required immediate...

  • A Year after Sandy

    October 29, 2013 | 7:07 pm

    I had just picked up the kids, and we were en route to their favorite after-school snack spot when we noticed the American flag flying over the post office. "Hey," my daughter asked, "why is the flag only halfway up the pole?" Because, I answered, it's the one-year anniversary of...

  • I Love You Shane Koyczan

    By Ilana Angel

    February 21, 2013 | 6:53 am

    A friend of mine shared this video on Facebook and I have watched it a dozen times, just this morning.  I had no idea who Shane was, but in watching this video I have done a little research and discovered that Shane Koyczan is remarkable.  Watch this  video.  It is important, it is beautiful, and it matters.  Everyone should see it, share it, understand it, and learn from it.

    To Shane, I fell in love with you this morning.  

    I am a fan, and I am keeping the faith.

  • In Quest for Meaning

    By Judea Pearl

    September 20, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Man is a meaning-seeking animal. Hardly a second goes by in which our mind does not stop its routine activities to ponder the meaning of the input it receives from our senses or from its own activities.

    When faced with meaningless observations, the mind invents its own fantasies to...

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  • Can happiness be taught?

    By Amy Klein

    September 13, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Are you happy?

    No, seriously.

    Are. You. Happy?

    You can't answer that question, can you? You know what the first two words mean, but you're not exactly sure what that third word is, even though you use it all the time. "This makes me happy"; "She seems happy"; "Happy Birthday";...

  • Books: Witness to horrors

    By Rob Eshman

    April 26, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    At first glance, "Testimony" (Aperture, $40) looks like an innocent-enough coffee table book of Israel-themed photographs. Thumb through the first few pages and you'll see examples of photographer Gillian Laub's excellent portraiture. Each color image is accompanied by a simple...
  • Holy Doubt

    By Rabbi Debra Orenstein

    December 7, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    This week's Torah portion contains a story that most of us skipped in Hebrew school -- the story of Dina.

    Dina goes out to "see the daughters of the land."

    Shechem, the eponymous local prince, sees her, sleeps with her and vaye'aneha -- sexually forces or humiliates her.

    His...

  • Tale of heroics, terror from the top of the world

    By Sarah Price Brown

    November 30, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    It was a beautiful morning in May on the world's highest mountain, and Dan Mazur was feeling good. He had been hiking throughout the night in below-freezing temperatures, and now he and his team -- a sherpa and two other climbers -- had only two hours to go until reaching the summit...
  • PASSOVER: 10 Contemporary Plagues

    By The Editors

    April 6, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    In the Passover haggadah, we read of the 10 Plagues that God sent to convince Pharoah to let the Hebrew slaves go free. The plagues -- bloody, violent, magical -- are a dramatic highpoint of the narrative. Mindful of the pain these plagues brought even to innocent Egyptians, Jews...

  • Home, Home on the Pampas, Where . . .

    By Roberto Loiederman

    March 30, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    During a recent trip to Argentina -- eager to see where my parents were born -- I traveled to Carlos Casares, a five-hour trip by car from Buenos Aires. At the town's archive, I looked up my family history. I got more than I bargained for -- especially from a volume of local history...

  • Where Streets Were Paved With Sorrow

    By Holly Lebowitz Rossi

    January 19, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    "Bodies and Souls: The Tragic Plight of Three Jewish Women Forced Into Prostitution in the Americas" by Isabel Vincent (William Morrow, $25.95).

    Memory is a central concept in Judaism. When someone dies, we say that he or she lives on in how he or she is remembered by others....

  • Artist Depicts Pain of Genetic Ailment

    By Tom Tugend

    December 1, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    When he was 6 years old, Los Angeles artist Ted Meyer had two life-changing experiences. He won his first art show prize after copying a flamingo drawn by an older friend. Secondly, he was diagnosed as suffering from Gaucher Disease after intensive bouts of pain in his...

  • Many With Gaucher Unaware of Disease

    By Andrea Waxman

    December 1, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    When Jewish New Yorker Joan La Belle, now 70-something, was in her mid-20s, she began to experience scary symptoms, suggesting a serious health problem: "I felt exhausted, had rough menstrual periods with very heavy bleeding and terrible nose bleeds."

    She also suffered...

  • Divine Listening

    By Rabbi Jonathan Jaffe Bernhard

    December 1, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    "This is the story of Isaac, son of Abraham. Abraham begot Isaac. Isaac was 40 years old when he took to wife Rebecca, daughter of

    Bethuel of Paddan-aram, sister of Laban the Aramean. Isaac pleaded with the Lord on behalf of his wife, because she was barren; and the Lord responded to...

  • Balancing Tikkun Olam and Self-Interest

    By Andrew Silow-Carroll

    October 6, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    I'm reluctant to draw lessons from the hurricane, even if the High Holidays are a time of stock taking, and even if Jewish tradition suggests that calamities are "heavenly alarms" meant to arouse repentance. If God is speaking to us through Katrina, he might want to brush up on His...

  • ‘Call Waiting’ Rings Emotional Bell

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    September 29, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    There's pain and then there's the big pain.

    Pain is what happens in a regular life -- the predictable illnesses, disappointments and aggravations. The big pain is something like the Holocaust and the aftermath of surviving it.

    The larger pain makes the regular mode of suffering seem...

  • Getting Out Before Katrina Still Painful

    By Julie G Fax

    September 15, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    It's hard for Gideon Daneshrad to imagine himself on the receiving end of tzedakah (charitable giving). In the 30 years since he arrived from Iran to study computer science at North Louisiana University in Monroe, Daneshrad, 56, has built himself a full life -- with four children, a...

  • A Holocaust-Inspired Vegetarian

    By Noam Mohr

    June 23, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Recently, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) issued an apology for its Holocaust on Your Plate campaign and exhibit, which showed concentration camp images next to photos of animal abuse on factory farms. The comparison was extraordinarily tasteless, and widely...

  • Surgery Offers Hope to Dystonia Victims

    By Nancy Sokoler Steiner

    June 9, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Twelve-year-old Josh Gaskin walks to the front door and shakes a visitor's hand. While this gesture would seem routine for most adolescents, two years ago it would have been impossible for Josh.

    By the time he had reached the fourth grade, Josh's dystonia caused his right hand to...

  • After the Ashes

    By Rabbi Elazar Muskin

    March 24, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    On a rabbinic mission to Israel in 1998, Natan Sharansky, then Israel's minister of industry and trade, addressed our group.

    Sharansky recounted to us how he was invited to visit Russia a year after his election to the Knesset. It was the first time in history that a past prisoner...

  • Letters to the Editor

    February 24, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    Alterman Hurt

    It is quite painful for a proud, practicing pro-Zionist Jew, who was bar mitzvahed, educated in Israel, lights candles on Shabbat, attends shul regularly, contributes to The Forward and educates his own child into the religious tradition, to be accused publicly of...

  • What Lies Beneath

    By Rabbi Daniel Greyber

    January 27, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    "When All You've Ever Wanted Isn't Enough" by Rabbi Harold Kushner (Pocket, 1987).

    "A man sat opposite me in my study one evening: 'Two weeks ago, for the first time in my life I went to the funeral of a man my own age.... He died suddenly over the weekend.... That was two...

  • Out of Darkness

    By Rabbi Sharon Brous

    January 20, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    I once counseled a young man through what he later understood to be the most profound and transformative moment of his life: He was abandoned, without explanation or apology, by his beloved fiancée. After a crushing year, he came back to tell me that he realized, in retrospect,...

  • Yom Kippur in Chad: Fasting a Way of Life

    By Rabbi Lee Bycel

    October 7, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    I am sitting in Adam's living room -- a carpet on a dirt patio. On one side is a small tent for his five children, as well as two nephews and a niece who have been orphaned. On the other side is a small tent for Adam, his wife and all they could carry out of Darfur.

    Around us, the...

  • Israeli Docs Save Third World Hearts

    By Shaanan Meyerstein

    October 7, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Inside the Mnaje Mojo hospital -- "one coconut" in Swahili -- it was absolute chaos. The place was teeming with people and I had to push my way through what seemed a never-ending crowd to get to the small room at the end of the corridor.

    When I opened the door to the pitch-black...

  • Fear or Fury?

    By Rabbi N. Daniel Korobkin

    September 2, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    It's hard to believe that a whole year has passed. Almost one year ago to the day, Dr. David Appelbaum and his daughter, Nava, were murdered when a suicide bomber exploded himself at Cafe Hillel in Jerusalem. Dr. Appelbaum, 50, was the head of emergency medicine at Shaarei Tzedek...

  • Face to Face

    By Rob Eshman

    May 27, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Before he was the Buddha, or Enlightened One, Prince Siddhartha lived a luxurious life behind the walls of his family castle. But each time he ventured out, the legend goes, he discovered the lame, the halt, the dying. His squire, Chandara, convinced him to ignore such things, as the...

  • Danger in Not Knowing Our Story

    By Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis

    April 15, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Claire Luce Booth, the wife of the owner of Luce Publications, reported a frank conversation with a Jewish friend. Booth said, "I must admit being positively bored by all this talk of the Holocaust and its constant repetition of Jewish suffering." The Jewish friend replied, "I know...

  • If We Don’t Cry Over Carnage, Who Will?

    By Yechezkel Chezi Goldberg

    February 12, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Yechezkel Chezi Goldberg, a Jerusalem-based counselor for adolescents and families at risk, wrote the following essay in 2001. On Jan. 29, Goldberg was murdered in a Jerusalem bus bombing.

    The scene: 7:30 a.m. Israel time, Sunday, Dec. 2, 2001 -- eight hours after a triple terror...

  • Kibbutz Camp Offers Hope to Survivors

    By Eric Silver

    October 16, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    In Kibbutz Negba, a dozen Israeli teenagers attending a summer camp in the guesthouses of this Negev kibbutz were asked to model small trees, and then decorate them with photographs of themselves.

    One sculpted a tree that had been struck by lightning and died. Another molded a...

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