Category: Lectures

  We are very into abbreviations. Especially, now that we communicate almost more by text than talk. People just don’t talk much anymore. They won’t say I’m a Physician’s Assistant or a Physical Therapist. They’ll say I’m a PA or a PT.   But think back-Did anyone ever used to say I’m a BM. Well,…

  It was just last week that I wrote how important it is for people to give themselves time out.  Time to regain the sense of themselves and their purpose.  To refill their physical, spiritual and emotional tanks to deal with what G-d gives us to manage. I was on a high coming back from…

Eema, You Need a Time-Out

  About 15 years ago, when my eldest child was five years old, I came in from work later than he did and saw his jacket, socks and shoes scattered all over the place.  I started calling him and berating him for this and that and the other thing all at once, he replied, “Eema,…

  When the baby boom generation was growing up, Catskill comedians were a big phenomenon. Entertainment in the mountains was always a comedian.   And everyone was in the mountains! No one took an airplane anywhere and no one had air conditioning. Therefore, the “cool” mountains, and I mean cool air not cool crowd, was…

Giving voice to my uncle’s sacred memories of the Holocaust. by Slovie Jungreis-Wolff  I made a promise. I gave my word to my dear Uncle Yanky, Rabbi Jacob Jungreis, that I would not allow his story to be forgotten. So I am sitting at the table of my beloved mother’s brother with notebook and pen in…

  In the book of Devarim/Deuteronomy, we have Moshe rehashing history, but with a twist.  If you compare the original scenes in the original three books of the Torah, they are told with a different lense.  Moshe is unable to bring the Jews into the promised land.  He is afraid when he dies, that the…

  Summer makes me nostalgic.  I guess there are fond memories attached to school days, but it’s the summer, when I was free to be me, that brings on the nostalgia. I remember 30 years ago, commuting to Manhattan, pre-Gamara car and smartphones.  There were the men in the multi-seaters facing each other, spreading out…