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Apr 26, 2017, 3:33 PM
The Colors of Israel and the Yearning for Peace
It is late April and we are in the midst of the brilliantly colored landscape of Eretz Yisrael. Nature has provided most of the palette. Muted cloudless sky. Profoundly green leaves and grass. Cheerful flowers of every description and...
Apr 21, 2017, 1:24 PM
Where Have All the Balabustas Gone?
It's Friday morning in central Israel. Herzliya to be exact. And why is this morning different from all other mornings? Because it's Friday of course. There's something in the air. If I had just landed from Mars I'd still recognize...
Apr 20, 2017, 10:27 PM
In Tribute to Lisa Flanagan Salberg
I usually blog about Jewish topics. But I have a young friend, may she grow to be very very old, whom you need to know about. She's not Jewish but she lives her life according to our adage And whoever...
Apr 18, 2017, 4:52 PM
Abortion: Back in the News, A Liberal’s View
Once, yet again, we find ourselves discussing abortion. Once again we are defining it in the narrowest terms. For or against? Liberal or conservative reactionary? Before I become contentious and argumentative, let me say that, from what I know, Planned...
Apr 14, 2017, 1:00 AM
The Last of the Litvaks
I stand corrected. This post should be the Last of the Litwaks. But, somewhere between Poland and Ellis Island Zayda was subjected to an Americanization of his name. Hence, he, and we, became Litwaks, therein depriving us of the...
Apr 12, 2017, 7:59 PM
United Airlines and Me
I'm not UA's most valued customer. I know that. And, frankly, since Continental merged with United it hasn't been a honeymoon for me...or for anyone else. Continental was nicer to its passengers, an opinion I share with many. Not...
Apr 8, 2017, 12:45 AM
How Did I Get To Be So Old?……A Pesach Lament
The menu at my parent's annual seders was pretty much always the same. Probably the same as in your house. Once the seder plate and the opening rituals were dispensed with we got to the serious eating of homemade...
Apr 3, 2017, 3:28 AM
Slogans and laptops in the baggage compartment
Nancy Reagan is credited with the catchy slogan just say no. How adorable and how useless. This was an attempt to stop drug abuse. See how it hasn't worked. Slogans usually don't work. We've all been taught endlessly that we can...
Mar 29, 2017, 8:20 PM
Cemeteries, Tears, and Joy
I was lucky enough so that my first visit to a cemetery was at my Zayda's funeral when I was 17. He was 87 and had a healthy life, born in Polish poverty and dying in a home he...
Mar 27, 2017, 6:08 AM
Today I went to church
I know many Jews will not enter a church. I am not one of them. I'm not into the grand tour of great cathedrals but I've certainly gone to the Duomo in Milan and other of the world's architecturally...
Rosanne Skopp is a wife, mother of four, grandmother of fourteen, and great-grandmother of one. She is a graduate of Rutgers University and travels back and forth between homes in New Jersey and Israel. She is currently writing a family history.