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Got A Problem? Mazel Tov

08/20/2011
Jewish Week Online Columnist

One of my favorite movies as I was growing was The Other Side of the Mountain, based on the non-fiction book A Long Way Up: The Story of Jill Kinmont by Evans G. Valens. In this inspirational and heartbreaking true story, Jill is a national championship skier who has a terrible skiing accident, leaving her a quadriplegic right before her 19th birthday. The movie followers her long road to emotional recovery, including her life-changing long-distance romance with Dick “Mad Dog” Buek, himself an exceptional skier and later a stunt daredevil.

Deborah Grayson Riegel

My Worst Enemy's Shiva

08/19/2011
Jewish Week Online Columnist

Q. The mother of my worst enemy just died and I'm not sure whether to visit during Shiva. In truth, I sincerely see this as a chance to reconcile (we haven't spoken in about five years but have a lot of friends in common). My only concern is that he would misinterpret the reason for the visit and kick me out of the house. I really don't want to cause him any discomfort. What should I do?

Rabbi Joshua Hammerman

Lurching Toward Elul: Tracking The Jewish Psyche

08/19/2011
Jewish Week Online Columnist

In the jargon of mental health professionals, when you say that someone’s “affect is labile,” it means that he/she tends to flip back and forth between different moods. It’s another way of saying that a person is behaving unpredictably, alternating between happy and sad, hope and despair, in ways that are hard to predict and liable to change at any moment.

 

Rabbi Gerald Skolnik

Pink Lemonade Bars

The perfect summer treat.

08/18/2011
Online Jewish Week Columnist
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I’m hopelessly addicted to ice pops. They are one of my many weaknesses (right behind doughnuts) and I could eat about 20 of them a day. In fact, I’ve been known to stock up on them at the end of summer to get me through the cold months when it is difficult to find them for sale.

Pink Lemonade Bars. Photo by Amy Spiro

Singling Out Israel, Even At The Market

In Brooklyn’s upscale, politically liberal and increasingly family-friendly Park Slope, the battles that have seized most of the headlines in recent years have concerned fancy strollers that occupy too much sidewalk space — and not so much Israel’s occupation of the West Bank.

Rabbi Andy Bachman: A “pretty left-wing person,” he’s against a boycott of Israeli goods — and of Israel’s anti-boycott law.

A Black Day In French History

08/16/2011
Staff Writer

 
An honor guard stood near Rabbi Alain Goldman in Paris during a ceremony that reflected no honor on France.

On the recent 69th anniversary of the Vel d’Hiv roundup of some 13,000 Jews from Paris and its surrounding suburbs, Rabbi Goldman, at right, the city’s former chief rabbi, took part in a memorial ceremony which included World War II veterans, below.

The roundup was the largest mass arrest of Jews in France during World War II; the children and adults arrested over two days were shipped to Auschwitz, where most died.

Photo by Getty Images
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