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Editor’s note: Larry Kessler, beloved area runner and writer, died on April 25 at age 71. He had been writing this column since August 2019. His now final column was submitted a week before his … more
Passover, which will arrive in late April this year, hasn’t been normal since 2019. First came the pandemic years of 2020 and 2021, followed by the improved, but cautious, year of 2022. … more
Fifteen years ago, a fifth-grade teacher at a charter school had a vision for bringing the scope of the unimaginable horror of the Holocaust across to her fifth-grade students. That teacher was … more
We lost a beloved member of our immediate family early last month our friendly, cuddly male cat Cooper. While some people might question calling a pet a member of the family, it clearly is. We … more
Here are 10 thoughts, along with my observations, to usher in 2024: 1. Almost four years removed from the start of the pandemic, COVID-19 is now more or less just another thing to contend with , … more
Bundled up in layers and gloves, I was taking my daily afternoon stroll in my cul-de-sac a few days after falling back to Eastern Standard Time, when I became dismayed by a sign of the coming winter: … more
Israel and Hamas remain locked in a destructive, deadly war in the wake of Hamas’ Oct. 7 terrorist attack on Israel, which resulted in 1,400 people, mostly civilians, being killed. The death … more
When I first heard the news on Saturday about the devastating terror attack unleashed on Israel, I was appalled but not completely surprised. That’s because, in my 71 years, the deep-seated and never-ending hatred between the Arab world, including the Palestinians, and Jews has been going on for thousands of years – and almost non-stop since the modern-day nation of Israel was founded 75 years ago, just three years after the end of World War II and the end of the Nazis’ Holocaust. more
“On Rosh Hashanah their decree is inscribed, and on Yom Kippur it is sealed. How many will pass away and how many will be created; who will live and who will die; who will come to his timely … more
I did something this summer that I hadn’t done in four years: I took an honest-to-goodness vacation out of town. In fact, my wife , Lynne, and I not only left the state and region, but we … more
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