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Sep 21, 2016, 10:04 PM
A vision for a new year
As we approach Rosh Hashanah, I am reflecting on the Jewish year that is about to end. Since the holiday comes “late” this year — because the High Holidays never come on time, only early or late — I have had some extra time to...
Sep 21, 2016, 9:57 PM
On immigration and Skittles
Consider two pieces of writing: “Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed, to me: I lift my lamp beside the golden door.” — Emma Lazarus The New...
Sep 16, 2016, 9:59 PM
The honor in compromise
Compromise is one of those words that’s good in theory, but hard to apply in practice. In theory, it’s marvelous when an ideological opponent chooses to back down, to meet you halfway, to accede to some of your ideas. That’s good compromise; you accept it...
Sep 16, 2016, 12:54 AM
The season of our guilt — or the season of our joy?
Treat Rosh Hashanah as the day when friends who have lost touch renew their friendship for a better future together
Helen Maryles Shankman
Sep 16, 2016, 12:09 AM
I hug him for a long time; then I let go
“What about socks?” I fret. “Yeah, Mom, I need gym socks.” “Okay.” I mark it down on my list. In addition to socks, we still need a heavy-duty case to protect his phone, a rain jacket, and another Shabbat shirt. “What about snacks? You know…cereal,...
Carol Silver Elliott
Sep 15, 2016, 11:40 PM
For the Love of Family
Prior to working in the long term care industry, most of my career was spent working in hospitals in a role that was far more corporate than clinical. Acute care is a very different environment than working with older adults. Folks are in and out...
Sep 10, 2016, 8:17 PM
CultureJew: Tons of New Movies Opening
It’s widely known that the world runs on BS but if you need proof, see the new documentary “Author: The JT LeRoy Story.” I had never heard of JT LeRoy, but it seems his description of a sordid life as an adolescent drug addict and...
Jeremy J. Fingerman
Sep 8, 2016, 11:47 PM
After seven weeks of peace and quiet at home, my wife and I welcomed our teenagers back from their summer adventures. We have been regaled with their energetic stories and delighted by their growing perspectives. We see proof in our own home of the power...
Sep 8, 2016, 11:23 PM
Can You Hear Me Now?
As I begin my 33rd year in higher education, I can’t help but notice that my students are getting younger and younger every year—while I myself haven’t changed a bit. Now, if you’re thinking that maybe I’ve gotten things mixed up a bit, that maybe...
Sep 8, 2016, 10:04 PM
Remembering September 11
Could it really have been 15 years? It seems like it just happened and it seems like a lifetime ago, when terrorists hijacked airplanes and flew them out of a flawlessly sapphire-blue sky into the World Trade Center and aimed them at the Pentagon, when...