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Amy Lederman
Amy Lederman

IJN Columnist | Reflections

Israel…it’s complicated

I recently returned from a fantastic trip to Israel — an interfaith delegation sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona. Our group consisted of 28...

Unveiling reveals more than a headstone

We gathered together in the warm September sun at my father’s gravesite, just 10 days shy of a year since he died. It was the coming together of the family clan, the...

To everything there is a season

In October, 1965, Columbia Records released a hit song by the Byrds called “Turn, Turn, Turn.” But while my friends and I loved its beautiful harmony, I never...

Judge not

She walked over to the swimming pool with the baby held lovingly in her arms. She was laughing and making silly faces; the baby clearly delighted and entranced with her...

Know when to hold ‘em, fold ‘em

I arrived in Tucson in the sweltering heat in the summer of 1976 with the intent of visiting my Aunt Gen for a few weeks and enhancing my already freckled tan. But what...

Searching for family on the Mount of Olives

On a cold and windy day in February, I drove an hour and a half from Haifa to Jerusalem in search of my great-great-grandfather, Rabbi Moshe Yehudah Franco. I had...

The continuing journey of parenting

The parenting journey is a long and arduous one that requires more physical stamina than Superman, more psychological expertise than Freud and the financial resources of...

A Jewish view on love

In Western culture today, February 14, Valentine’s Day, is a time to celebrate romance and love.  Despite its commercial appeal of candy, Cupid and romantic dinners,...

Best Practices for Living Life to the Fullest

It wasn’t more than a few days after my Dad died, just four months shy of his 100th birthday, that my brother and I began the formidable task of “going through...

Birthday thoughts

Today is my 65th birthday. It would also have been the 100th birthday of my father, who passed away on Sept. 18, 2018, erev Yom Kippur, just four months prior to his...