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Roundtable: When Bubby Stops Eating

Gila Arnold

It’s a well-known phenomenon to anyone involved in elder care: seniors refusing to eat, whether due to depression or other causes. What can a caregiver do in such a case to ensure that the senior gets adequate nutrition?

 

Dollars & Sense

Ahava Ehrenpreis

So you’ve had the tough conversations. You’ve listened, communicated, and made the best decisions together that you could. You’ve created a working plan for your parents’ care, now and into the future. But how on earth are they going to afford it?

 

Goldie’s Secret

As told to Barbara Bensoussan

I still haven’t figured out the secret to Goldie’s almost 120 years, though being around her left me with a few ideas

 

Health Tech: Step by Step

Gila Arnold

How technology is giving Zeidy his Shabbos back

 

The Heart of the House

Menachem Ellison

Watch as all the while any number of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and even grandchildren of grandchildren — the oldest of whom is in the high 40s — dart in and out of the front door, asking Bubby for the lollipops — and brachos — that she loves to liberally dispense

 

Born in the Mixer Bowl

Malky Lowinger

For fresh and fragrant challah or heavenly cinnamon babka, generations of Monsey residents knew they could always find a slice of Gan Eden in the Frank family’s bakery. What they may not have realized is that when the streets grew dark and the storefront closed, family members ranging from grandparents to newborns would spend hours preparing the confections that so delighted their customers — and kept them coming back for more

 

Men of Many Hats

Yisroel Besser

His relatives in Germany were sure he’d ruin his family by moving to the Holy Land, but Avraham Yosef Ferster’s little hat shop in Jerusalem proved them wrong. Even as the new, casual breed of secular Israelis discarded their hats, the Ferster line blossomed along with the burgeoning yeshivah and chassidic world. Two generations later, the family business is still providing that crowning touch for Torah scholars and shy teenagers alike.

 

A Breed Apart

Margie Pensak

They spend the bulk of their waking hours on the family cattle farms in Pennsylvania, but the Gutmans would never consider living outside an established Torah hub — a lesson in priorities as deeply ingrained as the family's multi-generational affinity for cattle dealing. Four generations after Max Gutman first found a foothold in York County, his Jewish values and uncompromising convictions still drive the family business

 

The Customer Comes First

Yermi Marlow

With three branches, tens of thousands of products, and a robust clientele, who would believe that Kay’s Supermarket was once a small, struggling deli? Almost five decades after proprietor Avigdor Langberg took the helm, the iconic London establishment has morphed into a thriving modern supermarket. And yes, it still offers that old-time herring — along with a trademark personal touch

 

Meating Point

Riki Goldstein

They arrived in the Holy Land destitute but confident in their butchery skills, and swiftly gained the trust and loyalty of Jerusalem’s residents. Decades later, the Hackers have exchanged their iceboxes and bicycles for modern freezers and delivery trucks — but their butcher shop is still the city’s prime address for Shabbos and Yom Tov fare

 

Coat of Arms

Miriam Hammer

A desperate partisan on the run from the Nazis. A workshop humming with some of the world’s most talented furriers. Overnight orders from Russian tourists in search of the perfect coat. An audience with the Vatican. A welcoming Shabbos table that satiates body and soul. They’re all part of the Liska story — three generations that take pride in their “coats with a soul”

 

Catch of the Day

Ahava Ehrenpreis

Though the storefront hasn’t changed in more than 50 years, the Raskins’ business has evolved into a massive enterprise with a sophisticated production facility, overseas product runs, and customers literally across the globe

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Evolution vs. Revolution
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Up, Up, and Away
Rabbi Moshe Grylak What a fraught subject Eretz Yisrael is, to this day
Where Do You Come From?
Yonoson Rosenblum Could they be IDF officers with no Jewish knowledge?
Heaven Help Us
Eytan Kobre Writing about anti-Semitism should rouse, not soothe
Work/Life Solutions with Chedva Kleinhandler
Moe Mernick “Failures are our compass to success”
An Un-Scientific Survey
Rabbi Emanuel Feldman Are Jerusalemites unfriendly? Not necessarily
Out of Anger
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5 Things You Didn’t Know about…Yitzy Bald
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When the Floodgates of Song Open, You’re Never Too Old
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Who Helped Advance These Popular Entertainers?
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Your Task? Ask
Faigy Peritzman A tangible legacy I want to pass on to my children
Are You There?
Sarah Chana Radcliffe Emotional withdrawal makes others feel lonely, abandoned
A Peace of a Whole
Rebbetzin Debbie Greenblatt Love shalom more than you love being right
Seminary Applications
Rabbi Zecharya Greenwald, as told to Ariella Schiller It’s just as hard for seminaries to reject you