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Sep 5, 2017, 8:54 PM
How My Father Got Along When My Mother Died
My father always dealt with life with a heavy dose of realism. By the time he was married his mother had been long since dead. And as a young father he survived the loss of several of his siblings....
Aug 30, 2017, 10:14 PM
Resting Place: A Visit to the Herzliya Cemetery
Today we made the annual visit to the cemetery. It’s about a mile from our home. Before the dawning of a new year it is a must. We have stories to tell those beloved who lie there. We have...
Aug 29, 2017, 7:08 AM
An Unsolved Mystery, A Stolen Child
This story has its roots in the Borough Park section of Brooklyn, a long time ago. The stolen girl, if she is still alive, is now an old woman. Let me start at the beginning, at least the beginning for...
Aug 26, 2017, 9:42 PM
Comings and Goings
I sometimes wonder if kids live on the same planet as older folks, former kids themselves, including me. I spent this summer here in Herzliya being way too hot, both weather-wise and under the collar. Weather is easily explainable....
Aug 20, 2017, 1:13 AM
My father was afraid of nothing, nothing except mice. He was a brave man in every other respect but let a mouse enter his line of vision and he'd scream and jump on top of the nearest table. My...
Aug 16, 2017, 7:25 PM
What If There’s a Divorce in the White House?
This is a really big fear! And I'm not talking about Donald and Melania, although I do suspect that their marriage is one of convenience. But, frankly, I don't care much about their relationship. Nor should you. The marriage I...
Aug 15, 2017, 5:34 PM
My late mother used to quote Robert Browning's Rabbi Ben Ezra poem, particularly Grow old along with me, the best is yet to be... Don't you believe it! Each passing day makes you one day older, and the best is usually what...
Aug 9, 2017, 10:27 PM
How Israel Changed Our Lives
It was the year in Jerusalem that reversed our course. Of course! We were living amongst Jews who were all more observant than we were. It had to rub off. If not on us, then surely on our kids. When...
Aug 2, 2017, 7:24 PM
The Jewish Carpenter
Things are not calm in our Herzliya home. The carpenter is doing one of his least favorite parts of the job. He's putting on the finishing touches which means the paint. He loves to build. He hates to paint....
Jul 30, 2017, 6:13 PM
Naomi’s Appendix and the Ninth of Av
My old friend Naomi has been dead a long time. Luckily I didn't kill her. I didn't actually even try but it may have looked as if I had. When we were about 8 years old, living two houses...
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.