D'vrei Torah

Ki-Tetzei: Is That What You Really “Want”?

This week’s portion, “Ki Tetzei” is filled with a series of laws and regulation that again, seek to establish the moral and legal order of the land that the Israelites are about to enter. There [Read more…]

Talmud Torah

First you live, then you die, then you…what?

Editor’s Note: This guest post was submitted by Judith Wolf Mandell, author of Sammy’s Broken Leg (Oh, No!) and the Amazing Cast That Fixed It. She can be reached at judithwolfmandell@gmail.com or through the book’s website, www.sammysbrokenleg.com. No one knows what [Read more…]

Elder and Disability Law Expert Jerold Rothkoff is the guest on the August 25, 2017 Jewish Sacred Aging podcast
Seekers of Meaning-JSA Podcast

Elder and Disability Law Discussed by Jerold Rothkoff, Elder Law Expert, on JSA Podcast August 25

On this episode of the Jewish Sacred Aging Podcast, elder law attorney Jerold Rothkoff discusses important issues of legal and estate planning for seniors and their care givers. About the Guest Jerold E. Rothkoff, a practicing New [Read more…]

David's Star (Patrick Lentz photo via Flickr.com, Creative Commons license.)
D'vrei Torah

Shoftim: Beware The False Prophets

This Torah portion is replete with social and legal discussions as Moses continues his discourses on how to administer the land that the Israelites were poised to enter. The portion covers a variety of issues [Read more…]


Elul-1: Turning to the New Year: Our Responsibility

The month of Elul begins now. The final month of the calendar, it is a month that symbolically prepares our souls for the coming High Holy Days. It is a time of introspection, of often [Read more…]

Sandy picks up her granddaughters, Kami and Ari, from Camp Newman, the Reform camp in Santa Rosa, CA.
Baby Boomer Bubbe

What Do We Tell Our Grandchildren?

As Baby Boomers I can imagine you had some of the experiences I had back in the 50s when walking into a room of our parents and grandparents, and other elders, and hearing smatterings of [Read more…]

Talmud Torah

Aging in prison: An ‘invisible’ group

Editor’s Note: This guest post is from Marc Blesoff, who facilitates aging workshops in several prisons. The United States has the largest prison population in the world. According to Rabbi Sholom D. Lipskar, “…while sentencing [Read more…]

D'vrei Torah

Re’eih: Blessings, Curses, Choices and Ego!

It never ceases to amaze me and my colleagues how the Torah portions every week speak to the daily life experiences of us all. Re’eih is no exception. This week’s portion, which begins in Deuteronomy [Read more…]


The Idealized Past and an Uncertain Tomorrow?

We recently returned to the URJ Camp Harlam for the annual Alumni day. In itself, a very ordinary event, yet, for some special reasons, this one was different. I started at this camp as a [Read more…]