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A Knock on the Window

A Knock on the Window

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Sometimes it's the small gestures that penetrate most deeply.

Nothing's been the Same

Nothing's been the Same

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Life sure has changed, my little one, ever since you've joined the family.

No One to Blame

No One to Blame

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A taxi ride to somewhere unexpected.

Beauty Beyond Style

Beauty Beyond Style

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Little life and death decisions.

The Key to Life

The Key to Life

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To me, it is a miracle that anyone can conceive a child unassisted.

Clinging to Life

Clinging to Life

by Miriam Silver

This was my third pregnancy and it was going blissfully well. How things can change in an instant.

Life's Final Chapter

Life's Final Chapter

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As I took care of my dying mother, a new bond was created.

Why I Send My Kids to Day School

Why I Send My Kids to Day School

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Why is someone like me, staunchly Reform and secular, sending my kids to an Orthodox Jewish day school?

Without a Mother

Without a Mother

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Because of my father's devoted love, I barely realized that I was missing a mother.

Last Dance

Last Dance

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I was totally unprepared for saying goodbye to my father.

The Blessing of a Rented Room

The Blessing of a Rented Room

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I was 36 years old and running out of options

Roller Skates

Roller Skates

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Polio makes you different. And at age ten, who wants to be different?

My Mother the Judge

My Mother the Judge

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Watching Judge Lefkowitz balance the needs of four generations and a seat on the New York State Supreme Court was impressive, especially to her daughter.

The Necklace

The Necklace

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The true meaning of loving your fellow Jew.

Snowed Out

Snowed Out

by Charles H. Kuttner

Was I supposed to be stuck in town that weekend just for this purpose?

Touching the World of Angels

Touching the World of Angels

by Seth Clyman, reviewed by Judy Siegel-Itzkovich

How my daughter's short life changed mine.

What Arafat Said

What Arafat Said

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Was it only in my imagination that I was smarter than my father?

The Plain Jane Society

The Plain Jane Society

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Perfection eludes us all, but acceptance does not have to.

Chanukah Unplugged

Chanukah Unplugged

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Our Chanukah candles shone extra-bright last year. That's because they were the only lights in our house.

Glass of Gratitude

Glass of Gratitude

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It's always totally full.

Losing Little One

Losing Little One

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The sudden loss of a pregnancy shakes the world of a young mother-to-be.

Birthday Blues

Birthday Blues

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Somehow birthdays morphed into a day of doors closing behind me with a final thud.

Final Request

Final Request

by Emunah Bachar

I knew Bubby would be leaving this world soon, and I was determined to be with her before it happened.

Dad's Presence

Dad's Presence

by Beverly Beckham

Now I listen to Dad better than ever.

One More Day

One More Day

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When hellos are so sweet, goodbyes are all the more difficult.

Lean on Me

Lean on Me

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Help lies just beyond our front porch. We just have to let it in.

Sapphire Eyes

Sapphire Eyes

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A letter to two little girls.

My Dancing Partner

My Dancing Partner

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I did not stop praying for my miracle. I wanted my grandmother to dance at my wedding.

In the Eyes of a Newborn Baby

In the Eyes of a Newborn Baby

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Reflections on worry and hope.

Faith in the NICU

Faith in the NICU

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I thought if I could remain in control of every factor affecting my son's life, perhaps I could cure him.

Spider Days

Spider Days

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I am Mother, hear me roar.

A Blended Family

A Blended Family

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Our patched-together family is in some ways like our kitchen table – a merging of two older tables shoved together.

The Joys (?) of Passover Cleaning

The Joys (?) of Passover Cleaning

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It is possible not only to enjoy Passover cleaning, but to find it to be the most meaningful aspect of holiday preparation.

Too Late to Send

Too Late to Send

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A letter to my grandmother.

My Mother, My Self

My Mother, My Self

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A daughter gives her dying mother the only thing she can: dignity.

My Mother's Purse

My Mother's Purse

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We'd lost Mommy and Daddy; we didn't want to lose each other.

A Dream of Light

A Dream of Light

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For some people lighting the Chanukah candles is an unattainable yearning.

The Life and Death of a Clown

The Life and Death of a Clown

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The eternal value of cheering up sad people.

My Own Stroller

My Own Stroller

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In my eyes, others stand astride a mountain while I look from a valley below. She wheels a baby, while I walk empty-handed.

In the Comfort of Our Own Living Room

In the Comfort of Our Own Living Room

by Eli Berg

Marrying off three daughters in 14 months was just the lead up to grand finale.

Rosh Hashana: Making Room for God_

Rosh Hashana: Making Room for God_

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It is when we are broken that we recognize God as our true home.

Fly Away Home

Fly Away Home

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There is no inoculation for parental separation anxiety.

What Empty Nests are Filled With

What Empty Nests are Filled With

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On that Friday night, I got a vision of how I want my nest to look when it is no longer filled with little ones.

Back to School

Back to School

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Turning over those fresh new notebook pages can inspire more than just good grades.

My Mother, My Child

My Mother, My Child

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I made a promise I would take care of Mama.

Spiritual Piano Lessons

Spiritual Piano Lessons

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Tapping into a child's inner world and bringing out his creativity.

The Bracelet

The Bracelet

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A simple gift from her children teaches one mother an important lesson about love.

Among the Blessed

Among the Blessed

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Must we first be denied a gift in order to feel gratitude upon receiving it?

My Grandfather's Maror

My Grandfather's Maror

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Some bitter herbs cannot be eaten.

The Carrot Prayer

The Carrot Prayer

by Devorah Lifshutz

My mother's tzimmes became a bridge from the past, connecting me to a rich and tasty heritage.