Born To Teach Us Love In So Many Ways

I write about people who touch my life. None of them is as personal as my dear friend Elliott who passed away last month. Thirty-five years ago, my husband Dennis and I became best friends with Elliott and his wife, Shula. Our family bond strengthened as our sons grew...

The Power of Forgiveness

 In the Jewish calendar at this time of year, we’re still in the process of deep cleansing. We ask for forgiveness for any wrongdoings we might have caused in the past. We realize the power of words. There is a concept in Judaism that making promises casually without...

A New Beginning

Once again, we are starting a new cycle in the Jewish calendar. Rosh Hashanah is the Jewish New Year and a celebration of the birthday of the world. The ten days from Rosh Hashanah to Yom Kippur (this year September 9 through September 19) are called the Ten Days of...

Some Reflections on Transformations

Changes in our lives can be scary but they’re often necessary. Making changes for ourselves is not a selfish act. Only when we’re good to ourselves can we be good for others. Other than constant changes we encounter in life, sometimes we know we need to move in a...
I’m Back on Top of the List in My New Chapter

I’m Back on Top of the List in My New Chapter

As I celebrated another birthday and watched the last of my four sons move out, it made me contemplate my new identity as a person. I wasn’t sure what I would do with the new void and all that “extra” time. When I was single, I used to take various classes and travel,...
Growing and Reaching Higher

Growing and Reaching Higher

 We had just celebrated in the Jewish calendar the value of trees in our lives. People are likened to trees. A tree with the right balance between the size of its roots and its branches will grow up straight and strong, and won’t sway with winds coming its way....

The Story of Hanukkah

 Walking through the streets of the ancient city of Jerusalem, one might wonder why its name means “The City of Peace.” Ironically, Jerusalem has been the most fought-over city in the world over the last two thousand years. Every stone there has a long story to tell....