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Posted by: Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Hartford on 1/16/2019
“Honor your father and mother, as the Lord your God has commanded you; that your life will be elongated and that you may fare well…” --Deuteronomy 5:16 One of my favorite Jewish values is honoring – or caring for -- our parents. This value is so important that the Torah states if we do so “your life will be elongated and you may fare well.” That’s quite a promise.
Posted by: Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Hartford on 9/12/2018
For many years, our ketubah (Jewish marriage contract) – which includes an extensive list of the values Edna and I agreed to practice in our new home together -- served as an ethical roadmap for our lives. But as Edna and I celebrated our 25th anniversary a couple of years ago we thought that updating it with an Ethical Will -- a non-binding document for the purpose of passing values, wisdom, stories, wishes, feelings, advice or important information to our three children -- would be important.
Posted by: Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Hartford on 8/22/2018
Have you ever seen a glass blower at work? She usually holds a long iron pole, with a red hot lump at the end, alternately rolling, shaping and gently blowing into the pole to create something beautiful. It’s sweaty work, requiring a deft balance between strength and subtlety, pressure and ease.
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