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Reflections

Caregivers

The job description might read something like this: “Looking for someone 24/7 with the patience of a saint, the wisdom of the Dali Lama, the goodness of Mother Teresa...

Like a moth to the flame

It began as a typical Christmas Eve. To borrow from Elana Kagan: “Like most Jews, I was at a Chinese restaurant.” This year Christmas Eve fell on the third night of...

It’s human to want to give

CHANUKAH 5780 SECTION E PAGE 23 Arizona. California. Israel. Peru. Boston. No matter what state, country, time zone or zip code, I make it my business to call my mother...

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...