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On Saturday, September 29, 2018, The Global Poverty Project held their annual Global Citizens Festival concert in New York City’s Central Park, as part of their ongoing effort to end global poverty.…When my son won a pair of passes, I volunteered to go with him. He is 15-years-old and, really, how many more concerts is he going to be willing to be seen at with me? This was maybe my last chance. We arrived late and, as a result, were towards the back of the audience.… >> Read More
Just recently People magazine (being People magazine) published an article showcasing a series of famous women, ages 50 through 71, wearing swimsuits and being fabulous. They looked gorgeous, yes,…but wouldn’t take a plastic surgeon to notice that nearly every woman featured had undergone some sort of cosmetic procedure to make her look less tired and more youthful. Don’t get me wrong — I believe in people’s right to choose what they want do with the body they are inhabiting. If someone opts to… >> Read More
I’m a mom of four kids. I am also book lover. And for years, I felt discouraged and pathetic when it came to reading. The only time I could find to read was when I finally crawled under my covers…at night, exhausted. It would take months for me to get through even a short, mindless read — most evenings I’d have to backtrack a few pages because I couldn’t even remember what I’d read the night before. Short chapters were my savior. I used to stare longingly at the new releases through bookstore windows… >> Read More
“You shall observe my commandments and live by them.” This biblical phrase is often used in conjunction with the Jewish idea of pikuach nefesh (saving a life) — namely, that Jewish law can be…set aside to protect a person’s health or safety. I’ve long been familiar with the verse — but it has taken me nearly two decades to truly understand what this means. Let’s go back to Yom Kippur 2000. I was in college, and in treatment for anorexia nervosa. I had been hospitalized and released, but I… >> Read More
“Yitgadal, v’itkadash, Sh’mei raba …”
I uttered the words of the Mourner's Kaddish — the traditional Jewish prayer recited in honor of the dead — for the first time in my life after…my father’s grave was covered with the earth. Even with the transliteration given to me by the rabbi, I found the prayer difficult to recite, in every sense of the word. Following the funeral, we sat shiva — the weeklong mourning period for first-degree relatives — at my parents’ house. We held a minyan, a quorum… >> Read More