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Amy Lederman
Amy Lederman

IJN Columnist | Reflections

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...

The ‘crystallization’ of leadership

What do Moses and Nobel Prize winner in chemistry Daniel Shechtman have in common? No, this isn’t a joke, although it’s a bit of brain teaser which a dear friend...

Sukkot: Living with uncertainty and joy

September in Tucson brings many things I love: cooler temperatures permitting long walks in Sabino Canyon, intermittent rains that drench my garden and the Jewish...

Incessant beauty . . . forever

The drive from Bozeman, Mont., to Yellowstone National Park is literally through Paradise — Paradise Valley, that is. The Absaroka Mountain Range rises nearly 6,000...

What does it mean to be Jewish?

Several years ago, I was asked to speak about being Jewish in America today to a large interfaith audience. It was extremely difficult to try to wrap my head around such...

A story of faith and hope

PASSOVER EDITION 5778 SECTION C PAGE 19 I was born and raised in northern New Jersey but haven’t lived there since 1976, when a college degree, combined with...