I have suffered the loss of close family members, and, while I have gotten used to the passing of my loved ones, I have never gotten over it. Some days, it seems to me that the funerals of my parents, Aunts and Uncles, Nephew and close friends were just yesterday, and I am overwhelmed with…

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Jewish Hunter Of Mosquitos

This article was originally published in the Florida Jewish Journal, May 20th, 2019. Last week I bought an arsenal of guns, and I am now a hunter. I have three long barrel single action pump stock weapons and in just one week I have six confirmed kills and love the hunt. My weapons are salt…

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Easter Bunny

This article was originally published in the Florida Jewish Journal, April 2019. You can read the full article here. I am Jewish and the president of Temple Beth El of Boca Raton, and for the last few years I have celebrated Easter. That’s right, I go to an Easter dinner with hundreds of families and…

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Chanukah Reconsidered

Chanukah? Every year we celebrate Chanukah without a lot of consideration of its larger message. Chanukah’s a fun holiday; but is there more to Chanukah than the relative fluff of giving gifts, playing with the dreidel and eating latkes? As it turns out, Chanukah speaks to our modern day American Jewish experience. Chanukah is all…

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Mourner's Kaddish

Mourner’s Kaddish: Central to Jewish Prayer The Mourner’s Kaddish is the most recognized and central prayer of the Jewish mourning ritual, even though it does not, even once, mention death. Starting with the prayer’s first verse, the Mourner’s Kaddish is a reaffirmation of faith, life and a prayer for peace. Instead of lamenting the past,…

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Travel Insurance Makes Go Sense

BE KIND. BE RESPONSIBLE. Purchasing your pre-need funeral arrangements is one of the kindest and most financially responsible things you can do for your family. Not only do you lock in the cost of your funeral at today’s prices (rather than future inflated and higher prices), you help your loved ones’ cope with your passing…

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NNapa and Sonoma counties wild fires demonstrate a "love your neighbour" attitude.

JUDAISM BROUGHT TO LIFE. Last week I traveled to California and visited Napa and Sonoma counties. The trip touched me in many ways. Approximately 6 months ago, Napa and Sonoma counties were ablaze from an out of control wildfire that incinerated an area larger than New York City. The Devastation of a Fire Lingers Beyond…

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The details behind how the remains of a loved one are shipped is critical

AIRLINES TRY HARD … … But they make shipping mistakes all the time. The latest shipping “kerfuffle” occurred when United Airlines shipped a dog to Japan instead of Kansas.  The family was apoplectic and the airline was profoundly embarrassed. The details are in the links below: Dog Bound For Kansas Mistakenly Shipped To Japan Via…

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Air transport luggage

TRANSPORTATION OF THE DECEASED: That was my wife’s fear when her mother passed away in Florida. We needed to transport her up north for burial and we worried that she would get “lost”.   My wife was sure that if the airline could lose her luggage, then they could do the same with her mother.…

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