Shabbat of Sanctity Dirshu’s 20th Anniversary International Convention

Past Articles:

The Unique Challenges of Eldercare

Last month’s cover story, ‘When It’s Our Turn to Take Care of Them,’ was a real eye-opener for me. I am 50 years old and, Baruch Hashem, both my parents are alive. However, their physical and mental health has been declining rapidly as of late. The issue of eldercare and how to deal with it is very much on my mind these days. Balancing caring for my parents, guiding them, and making sure they are okay on a daily basis, while still taking care of my wife and kids, seems like a daunting task. I dread the thought of having to admit my parents to a nursing home. I prefer to be able to tend to their everyday needs with love and compassion, same as they did for me when I was growing up. After reading your article, I feel a bit more relieved, as I know that I’m not alone and there are viable options out there with caring people and organizations that are able to and willing to help.

Nate L.

Last month’s cover story touched upon a growing concern for all of us, I think. While I understand that not every situation is the same and everyone has their own set of circumstances, I could see why people would be opposed to the idea of having their parents placed in a nursing home. It should be considered a privilege to take care of our aging parents. My father came to live with my family when he was 75 years old and remained with us until he passed away at 90 years of age. His presence in our home made a huge impact on our entire family of six children, 15 grandchildren, and six great grandchildren. They got to know and love the patriarch of the family. He enriched all of our lives with his conversation and wisdom.  All I can say is that if you are able to care for your parents – you should definitely do so. It is encouraging to know that there are people in our community such as Raymond Cohen available to contact for guidance and advice on this very important issue.

Mazal B.

Balfour Declaration

Thank you for the very informative article about the 100-year anniversary of the Balfour Declaration (Commemorating the Balfour Declaration’s Validation of the Jewish Homeland). I would like to add an important point. The true source of the Arab-Israeli conflict is the unwillingness of Arabs to genuinely recognize the Jewish State of Israel. Great Britain must never apologize for the 1917 Balfour Declaration. The only one who should apologize is PLO Chairman Abbas for deliberately denying Israel's right to exist as the Jewish nation.

David S.

Thank You, Mitzvah Man

Dear Editor,

We heard of the 'Mitzvah Man' through an ad in your magazine. Words cannot express our deepest appreciation for all the wonderful volunteers provided by him during our grandchild  M.B.'s  prolonged hospital stay.

M.B. is a special needs child who cannot communicate verbally. However, the smile that illuminates his face when someone is there playing with him speaks more than words could express. During his hospital stay, M.B. could not be left alone. There were many hours of the day to fill as well as overnight shifts to cover. It was quite overwhelming.

Within one hour of contacting the Mitzvah Man, the phones began to ring with volunteers offering their time, willing to stay with M.B. while his parents balanced life at home caring for their two other children, with going back and forth to the hospital.

To all the volunteers - we cannot say thank you enough for helping us out and making this long hospital/ rehab stay bearable.

May Hashem send our grandson a complete refuah and yeshuah.

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

The grandparents of M.B.

Shaatra Does It

I just wanted to let you know how much my sisters and I look forward to reading your Shaatra column every month. We especially enjoy the “Item of the Month” feature. One suggestion: It would be nice if you included where the “Item of The Month” products can be purchased. Keep up the great work!

Esther T.