Patricia Raskin
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Ever since I was a little girl, I felt a special closeness to my father. We always understood each other, even though I disagreed with some of his observations and interpretations of the vicissitudes … more
We all graduate in life. Whenever we learn a life lesson, we graduate to the next level. It may sometimes seem like we fall back when we learn a lesson, but the lesson is a graduation that moves us … more
I have been blessed with many kind friends with whom I can share and enjoy. I recently had a friend over for dinner and noted how attentive she was to what I was saying. She stayed … more
When I think about Mother’s Day, I think about my mother, my grandmothers and my daughter.  My grandmothers were both strong women, but so different – actually opposite. One was a … more
An article by Rabbi Benjamin Blech, published on Aish.com, discusses how Passover offers Jews five major lessons in order to lead happy and fulfilling lives. Titled “The 5 Most Important Things … more
The month of Nisan is the first month in the Jewish calendar, which coincides with March-April on the civil alendar. The Torah calls the month of Nisan Hodesh ha-aviv, the month of … more
As I did my research, I was happy to learn that this month, Adar, at the beginning of spring, is known as a month of celebration and happiness. Purim falls in Adar. The Talmud says “when the month of Adar arrives, we increase … more
The arts have been a significant part of Jewish history since the very beginning, telling our story in the best and worst of circumstances. It has been a way for Jews to maintain a sense of cohesion over time, and a reminder of the tragedies and … more
My Nana Esther, my grandmother on my father’s side, came to America from the old country, Russia, when she was a child. She was a small round woman with soft curves and a warm smile. She always wore a neat gray bun, had a beautiful face and she … more
Understanding our ancestral connections, our family’s genealogical roots and their stories constitutes the foundation of our very being. We can truly appreciate where we’re going when we know – and appreciate – where we’ve been. Honoring … more
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