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Figuring out the happy Israel

I speak often to groups, both Jewish and non-Jewish, about Israel, and one thing that often surprises them is how high Israel ranks in all those various annual happiness...

Musings on the end of saying Kaddish

The 12-month journey of mourning one’s parents begins, to paraphrase Chairman Mao, with a single prayer.

Seeing what’s in your own backyard

“We have everything right here in our backyard, there’s no reason to travel anywhere,” my father said nearly every summer when I was a kid growing up in Denver.

The inadequate grandparents

“Which grandparents do you want to go to for Shabbat?” my daughter-in-law, Skippy’s wife, asked her son a few weeks back. “To Saba Urb and Savta Susie’s,” he...