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Reflections

The Western Wall at sunrise

When I went to the Wall at sunrise

first time I fully experienced the glorious holiday of Shavuot was a balmy June night in Jerusalem. Determined to celebrate the ritual of tikkun leil Shavuot  (staying...

Flying high and judging fairly

I TRAVEL by air quite a bit and to be honest, it isn’’t fun. Besides the stress of getting to the airport in sufficient time to remove half the clothing I put on...

Me, Passover and Bobby McGee

year was 1968: the Vietnam War was raging, psychedelic music and drugs were “in,” Marin Luther King was assassinated a week before President Johnson signed the Civil...

Living with, and without, Aunt Gen

I ARRIVED in Tucson on July 3, 1976, with nothing but a backpack, post-college dreams and a lot of sand in my shoes. The three months it took me to hitchhike from...

Rosh Chodesh: More than just a ‘girl’ thing

On a warm August evening in 1997, I attended my first Rosh Chodesh group in Jerusalem to celebrate the cycle of the new moon. I entered the candlelit apartment, filled...

Finding our Jewish roots through nature

ON A hot August day in 1959, I sat cramped in the back seat of our Thunderbird between suitcases, pillows and my annoying 13-year-old brother for what seemed like the...

Grief and I

husband Ray died on June 15, 2015, exactly three years, seven months and six days after he was diagnosed with lung cancer. Since that hot Tucson day in June, I have...

L’Chaim: To your health!

I CONSIDER myself a fairly educated person when it comes to medical issues. True, I am not a doctor, although I often make recommendations to my family and friends as if...

Shiva is an unexpected guide to life

My husband Ray died on June 15, 2015, exactly three years, seven months and six days after he was diagnosed with lung cancer. From the beginning, we were a team and it...

The Widows Club

When my beloved husband of 32 years died after battling cancer for three-and-a-half  years, family and friends did their best to comfort me. It didn’t take more than...