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As The Mourning Ends

The most poignant part of sitting Shiva for my mother a”h was observing my nieces and nephews and their children caring for us, the older generation. I envied these people for being able to honor their parents by bringing food and drinks, and doing all...

Still Growing Up

“The majority of poems one outgrows and outlives, as one outgrows and outlives the majority of human passions: Dante’s is one of those which one can only just hope to grow up to at the end of his life (T. S. Eliot).” The Haggadah has changed...

What Is The Reason? Honoring Parents

My father signs his letters to me with his actual name, and not Dad. May I respond by writing a letter addressed to him by his proper name? M.D. The Halachic issue is whether writing is considered the same as speaking. Both the Rambam and the...

The Most Powerful Person In The World

As with most young children, the most powerful person in the world in my five-year-old eyes, was my father zt”l. He could answer any question. I used to watch him help my sisters with their homework in, of course, Torah, but also physics and chemistry....