Being Present for Others

My friend Margie called me the other day, and something was amiss. Margie’s brother had just told her that their mother was not doing well, and that he was thinking about sending her to hospice. It is never easy to hear this kind of news, and it is even harder when one is not expecting…

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“Is There a Shipping Charge for Love?”

The phone rang. “Hello,” I said. “Is this Mr. Weingarten?” the person at the other end of the line asked. “It is,” I said. “This is Julie, I’m calling about the ReMag and ReMyte that you reordered,” she said. “Hello, Julie, and happy Thursday,” I said. “Happy Thursday,” she said, with a tone of pleasant…

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Father Abraham’s Silver Store

I walked into the local silver store the other day with a set of candlesticks. They were quite tarnished. Mom had been using them ever since she received them as a wedding gift (in the 1950’s), and they were quite tarnished. Every Friday night, as we sat to the Shabbat table with the candles lit,…

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