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Amy Lederman
Amy Lederman

IJN Columnist | Reflections

It’s all in the Dad-itude

My dad is a stand up kind of guy. Well, actually, at 98, he is more of a “sit down, I’m tired” kind of guy, but his attitude reflects that of someone much younger....

A time to celebrate ‘Dayenu ’ moments

PASSOVER EDITION 5777 SECTION C PAGE 19 Passover is a time of year when Jews tell the core narrative of the Jewish people which goes like this: We were slaves for over...

Where do I come from?

When my daughter Lauren was in kindergarten, the class took a trip to our local zoo to learn about animals. The children were treated to two beautiful, slightly unusual...

Am I my brother’s keeper?

I have always loved books. As a child, I treasured my hard-cover editions of Heidi, Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm and Black Beauty and loved the nights when my mom and I...

What’s love got to do with it?

In 1984, after a stalled career and an abusive marriage, Tina Turner wrote her comeback smash hit “What’s Love Got to Do with It?” The song is actually an...

No regrets

It shouldn’t take a diagnosis of cancer or other life threatening illness to make us “wake up” to wanting to live our lives more fully. Yet, for many of us, the...

Judgments about others can change our world

My cell phone rings and Mom’s name flashes on the screen. “I’m ashamed of myself,” she whispers into the phone. “Oh, hi Mom, about what?” I ask. My mother...

This Thanksgiving, dish up the gratitude

My husband Ray was diagnosed with diabetes in 1962 when he was 12 years old. Back in those days, it was a big ordeal to manage juvenile diabetes. There were no...

Finding a path to forgiveness

ROSH HASHANAH EDITION 5777 SECTION D On a chilly day in February over a decade ago, I drove my mother to the hospital to visit her only sister, Emily. My mother was...

Shabbat beckons us: ‘Let our burdens go!’

Recently, I heard a talk on stress management where the lecturer, holding a glass of water, asked: “How heavy is this glass of water?” The audience called out...