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Care-Giving Concerns

Dealing with Alzheimer’s Disease

I was totally unprepared when my father, Seymour Friedman, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2006. At first there was disbelief, because it did not seem that his memory loss went beyond what is normal [Read more…]

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Jewish Baby Boomers

Rabbi Address’ newest book, ‘Seekers of Meaning,’ published by URJ Press

Rabbi Richard Address has devoted his career to helping transform synagogues into caring communities. Now, in Seekers of Meaning, his newest and most personal work to date, he explores how the notion of a caring [Read more…]

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D'vrei Torah

Lighting the Lights of Our Souls

This month, as many of you know, brings Hannukah. It is a curious and problematic festival that, while minor in the grand scheme of Jewish calendar festivals, has become “major” here in the USA. The [Read more…]

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D'vrei Torah

Rituals of Transition

The High Holidays are over and the year has begun–in earnest. The pace of life has returned and “routine” has ben re-established. Yet, for most of us the routine is that there is no routine.

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Care-Giving Concerns

Dealing with Long Distance

Our lives today can make caring for aging parents so much more complicated. My elderly mother passed away a few years ago, after a 20 year struggle with Rheumatoid Arthritis. She lived on a small [Read more…]

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D'vrei Torah

God’s Eternal Question

With the ending of Rosh HaShana and Yom Kippur, the Jewish calendar focuses on the first of our three Festivals, Sukkot. The symbol of the fragile dwelling place, the sukkah, is increasingly popular. More and more [Read more…]

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Care-Giving Concerns

Longing to hear “I love you”

My parents are in their 80’s, in failing health and live in a retirement home. I make it a point to be there twice a week and am constantly running small errands for them in [Read more…]

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D'vrei Torah

The call of the month of Elul

Shalom. This month is a special one within the Jewish calendar. Elul begins. This is the last month of the Jewish year and in it, we are asked to slowly prepare our souls for the [Read more…]

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Care-Giving Concerns

Hope in the Midst of Illness

Hope is a crucial part of facing and coping with a medical illness. It can not only help a patient survive; it can also promote healing. Hope paves the way toward resilience and supports the [Read more…]

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Care-Giving Concerns

Moving Mom, Chapter 2: Finding the Right Living Space

Gil’s Mom has severe osteoporosis plus macular degeneration; two serious health problems.  Our goal was to find a nearby residence that would give her a social life and provide physical security.