When Bruce Feiler was diagnosed
with bone cancer, he reached out to six
of his friends to play an ongoing role
in his young daughters’ lives.
A gender twist on ‘It Takes a Village.’
In the Book of Genesis, Jacob wrestles with an angel one night and comes to a standstill. The angel leaves a mark on Jacob’s thigh to commemorate his struggle. Forever after Jacob walks with a limp. I, too, have a mark on my thigh…
From Bruce Feiler’s Cancer Diary, July 13, 2009
Bruce Feiler’s artistic muses are a pair of birds.
Surrogate Fatherhood; How To Retire, Happily; Words Are Their Bond; Have Guitar (And Family), Will Travel; Law Students Aiding A Special Clientele; From Ohio To The Old City; Following The Kids To Israel?
Each day, Joyce Traina works with seniors who are straining to make ends meet while staying healthy — struggling with impossible life choices, like whether to fill this month’s prescription or stock up on nutritious foods.
Seniors all across the country are suffering the blows of the economic recession, and some are facing such detrimental decisions regarding their personal health and welfare.
For the past several years, Devorah has spent her professional life giving workshops on Jewish meditation, practicing holistic healing and acting as a life coach, as well as singing in the tradition of Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach. She never thought much about seeking a stable career that would secure her future.
But, now in her late 40s and with the economy dipping, these days Devorah worries more about the practicalities of life, like a pension, retirement benefits and security, than she ever did in the past.
As often happens, Shirley Friedenthal recently met a beautiful older woman who lives alone. And as also often happens, Friedenthal soon learned the details of the woman’s love life. The woman confided that she’s 77, still working, and still very interested in men. Alas, she didn’t know how to find one.
When Stuart Reichman, a chef from Teaneck, N.J., was forced out of his job at a large kosher processing plant due to downsizing last year, he put what he had learned there to good use.
“I had never worked in a factory before,” said Reichman, 44. “It was a very different kind of work, and I learned about production, quality control and the creativity of making a new product. I also came across ingredients that in all my years of cooking I had never come across.”
Driven by Zionism, native New Yorkers-cum-Chicagoans Gershom and Bobbie Lichtenberg immigrated to Israel two years ago, leaving behind their adult children and their ability to speak the local language. Both joined ulpan programs at level Aleph — the lowest, for beginners — and, compounding their challenge, chose specifically to live in a mostly Russian neighborhood so that they’d have no choice but to learn conversational Hebrew.
Scottsdale, Ariz. — Jean and Arnold Palestine are glad to be back home — an attached condo unit overlooking the craggy red mountains of the Arizona desert.
Having just returned from a winter visit to Florida, the octogenarian New Yorkers are pleased that they chose to retire to the arid Western desert in 1992 rather than move down south.