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Posted: Fri, 11/18/2016 - 11:00 | The New Normal

With 2017 approaching, it is a good moment to stop and take inventory of the people in our lives. Each person that comes into our life plays some kind of important role. Our relationships define who we are. The saying goes “You are the company that you keep.” Some of the people in our lives are warm, loving, caring, supportive and help get us to where we want to be while other individuals can make our lives complicated, stressful, toxic and don’t help get us anywhere besides heartache and headache. 

Posted: Wed, 11/16/2016 - 11:42 | Well Versed

How do you explain – in brief -- the artwork you do?

I’m a painter and printmaker and do installations. I usually create bodies of work based on themes, sometimes Jewish but not always, sometimes they overlap. Almost all the work possesses abstract elements.

Since you work in themes, what message does your work have?

Posted: Tue, 11/15/2016 - 13:18 | Well Versed

Wander the streets of the Lower East Side, and you’ll still find pockets of vibrant Jewish life as well as traces of what once was. These days, the scenery is ever-changing, with new construction, new storefronts, new streetscapes.

Posted: Tue, 11/15/2016 - 07:24 | The New Normal

November is National Epilepsy Awareness Month. But in my family, awareness is year round.

When our younger son Mickey was diagnosed with autism, no one warned us that somewhere between 30 and 40 percent of children with autism eventually develop epilepsy too. Unfortunately, we soon discovered he was one of them.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines a seizure as “a short change in normal brain activity that can cause changes in awareness, behavior, or body movement.” That’s a clinical description. It doesn’t tell you how terrifying it is to see your child have a seizure. He is literally seized: snatched up in an electrical storm that sucks the air out of him before it spits him out, disoriented and spent.

Posted: Fri, 11/11/2016 - 13:02 | The New Normal

Americans are fortunate to live in the U.S.A. where we determine who our leaders are and who represent us. As with every election, there are those who are cheering and those who are mourning. We need to give each other time for celebration, mourning, and reconciliation.

That said, the peaceful and respectful transfer of presidential power, divisions of governmental authority, and legislative processes resulting in checks and balances have historically poised America to be a true role model of democracy, given its imperfections. Winston Churchill proclaimed, “Democracy is the worst form of government, except for all the others.”

Posted: Fri, 11/11/2016 - 12:02 | Political Insider

Israeli Education Minister Naftali Bennett was downright giddy. He said President-elect Donald Trump's opposition to the two-state solution and support for unfettered settlement construction means "The era of a Palestinian state is over." 

American Jews are more supportive of resuscitating the peace process than the current right-wing Israeli government, but they have more urgent worries about a Trump administration.