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A Rabbi Confronts Frontotemporal Dementia — “The cruelest disease you never hear of“

Rabbi and Cantor Vicki Axe recently stepped down as spiritual leader of Congregation Shir Ami in Greenwich, Connecticut, to care for her husband. She contributed this essay as a response to a segment on the CBS 60 Minutes program about Frontotemporal Dementia, the condition affecting her husband. [Read more…]

D'vrei Torah

Toldot (Genesis 25:19-28:9) Renewing The Generational Well

Toldot is a fascinating portion. It has the famous story of the birth of Esau and Jacob, the birthright and the blessing (27) and the repetition of many themes that we find in Genesis, for [Read more…]

Seekers of Meaning-JSA Podcast

Rabbi Phil Cohen, author of “Nick Bones Underground,” dystopian novel with Jewish themes, on Seekers of Meaning Podcast

Rabbi Phil Cohen, author of Nick Bones Underground, a dystopian science fiction novel about New York Professor Nick Friedman searching for his old high school buddy Shmulie Shimmer, is the guest on this week’s Seekers of Meaning Podcast. [Read more…]

D'vrei Torah

Chayai Sara (Genesis 23:1-25:18) Extending the Mitzvah of Kindness

Chayai Sarah presnts is with a wealth of interesting issues. From the death of Sara to the death of Abraham, we see aspects of the life of this family. Most notable is the lengthy chapter [Read more…]


The ART of Caregiving and the Fear of Indifference

November, we are told, is a month set aside to honor caregivers. For those of us who have walked this walk, a month hardly seems enough! Caregiving, this new “life stage”, has so many aspects [Read more…]

Seekers of Meaning-JSA Podcast

Dr. David Barile, Goals of Care Coalition of NJ – Seekers of Meaning Podcast 11/15/2019

This week’s guest on the Seekers of Meaning Podcast is Dr. David Barile, Founder and Chief Medical Officer of Goals of Care Coalition of New Jersey (GOCCNJ), a non-profit organization dedicated to helping patients get the care they need and no less — and the care they want and no more. [Read more…]

D'vrei Torah

Vayeira (Genesis 18:1-22:24) Parenting as They Grow Up

Vayeira is easily one of the most profound and challenging of portions. We are introduced to the mitzvot of bikkur cholim (visiting the sick) and hachnasat orchim (hospitality) in the first verses as Abraham welcomes strangers into his [Read more…]

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Reflections on Aging

These Precious Days

It’s no secret. You can read about it in every type of media. Watch people discuss it on cable TV, even on PBS. There are books, podcasts and TED Talks. And you probably mention it [Read more…]