The National World War II Memorial, Washington, DC (Carole Leskin photo)
Reflections on Aging

For the Four Boys from Brooklyn on Memorial Day

Four Men. Boys from Brooklyn. Poor. Smart. Always causing trouble…but managing to get out of it. Best Friends. Brothers, really. Remained close all of their lives. But World War 11 changed that. Nate and Jack [Read more…]

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

B’haalot’cha: Life Experience in an “Instant” Society

The Torah portion for the coming Shabbat, June 1 and 2, continues our path through the wilderness. Rituals associated with the Tabernacle and the priesthood (Numbers 8) and an additional census are recounted. Aspects of [Read more…]


“The End of Old Age”

Dr. Marc Agronin has written a trendy and challenging book, recently published by Life Long Press, entitled “The End of Old Age”. In his opening, he writes that “Aging is an inevitable one-way journey and [Read more…]


Seekers of Meaning Podcast: Rabbi Cary Kozberg of Side By Side, Support Group for Caregivers of Older Adults

In this episode of the Seekers of Meaning Podcast, the guest is Rabbi Cary Kozberg, director of Side By Side, which offers support for families and caregivers of older adults who themselves are coping with “caregiver stress.” [Read more…]

D'vrei Torah

Naso: Let The Light Shine of Blessing Shine In

This week’s Torah portion is one that has challenged scholars and commentators for centuries. We meet the call for another census (Numbers 4). In chapter 5 we meet rules regarding the Nazirite as well as [Read more…]


Shavuot 5778: What Of Our Best Do We Bring?

Shalom. I am in the middle of reading the new Jon Meacham book, “The Soul of America”. A major theme of the book, as it traces American history and some of its climactic struggles, is [Read more…]

Seekers of Meaning-JSA Podcast

Seekers of Meaning Podcast: Rabbi Arthur Waskow, director of The Shalom Center

In this episode, a conversation about social justice with Rabbi Arthur Waskow, director of The Shalom Center and a long-time activist in the civil rights, social justice, and sustainability movements. About the Guest Rabbi Arthur [Read more…]

D'vrei Torah

B’Midbar: How Do We Hear The “Voice”?

We begin the Book of Numbers this Shabbat. The Torah’s fourth book continues the story of the Wilderness and the slow unfolding of the Israelites journey to that “promised” land. The opening section of Numbers [Read more…]


Grappling with the issue of aid in dying to the terminally ill

At present, the New Jersey legislature is examining a piece of legislation that will allow for terminally ill patients to choose the time of their death. This “Aid in Dying for the Terminally Ill” act, [Read more…]