The National Gaucher Foundation estimates that 1 in 3 Ashkenazi Jews, those of Eastern European descent, carry one or more fatal genetic mutations.  This problem arose because for thousands of years, the Eastern European Jewish community only married and inter-married within a closed society.  At some time in the past, specific genetic mutations occurred and…

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Pic of DNA

A simple mouth swab and collection of a few hair follicles after you have died can save generations of your descendants from early death.  The miracle of modern medicine makes this possible.  It is called post-mortem DNA testing and Kronish Funeral Services is now arranging this life-saving service for its customers.  Even after death, Kronish…

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Cruise Ship Picture

It May Not Cover Pandemics Talk about fine print surprising and hurting consumers…if you read the fine print on most medical travel insurance policies you will discover that they exclude coverage for pandemics, including COVID-19.   This means, even if you purchase medical travel insurance that is intended to cover medical expenses while traveling, you aren’t…

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Mourner's Kaddish

Judaism provides a very defined and easy to understand the timeline for mourning the loss of a loved one. However, many Jews, even those who are observant, do not know the timeline and are often confused by the ritual.   This article is intended to provide a simple guide for families of every denomination to know…

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Pill Bottle Spilled

COVID-19 has changed the way we shop, and that includes how prescription drugs are purchased.  Many of us are purchasing drugs through the internet and having them delivered to our homes. While convenient, online pharmacies present new risks.  The problem created by online pharmacies is the loss of the last line of protection – the…

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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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