Last Word

Profiles of local people ages 40 plus.

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Talking golems with Kohenet Ketzirah Lesser

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Uncertain times cry out for an extraordinary protector. In 16th century Prague, the protector was a giant golem made of clay. In pandemic-wracked 21st...

Speaking of sacrifice with Donald Chauls

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By Ellen Braunstein Donald Chauls traveled the world for nearly 30 years, working for international aid organizations that fought poverty and improved health. By all...

The work goes on with Rabbi Warren Stone

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  Rabbi Warren Stone calls climate change “the most challenging issue of our lifetime.” It’s a sentiment he’s shared on the local, national and global...

The hypnotic world of Ronnie Baras

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By Barbara Trainin Blank Ronnie Baras can’t make an elephant disappear or wriggle his way out of handcuffs. But the Kemp Mill magician-illusionist, known professionally...

In hospice, big decisions have to be made quickly

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As chaplains, Rabbi Yaffa-Shira Sultan and the Rev. Deb Vaughn offer spiritual and emotional care to those in JSSA Hospice and their families. For them,...

Making medical music with Anthony Hyatt

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Anthony Hyatt is in the healing business. And music is the medicine he prescribes. A violin soloist, before the novel coronavirus closed hospitals to...

In solidarity with David Broder

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  His members are bravely holding down the front lines in the battle against COVID-19, but they are being shortchanged, says a local labor leader. “They...

Malka Zeefe takes on the Talmud

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Since they began quarantining, people have complained that they can no longer tell one day from another. But Malka Zeefe has committed herself to...

Devora Kimelman-Block makes her dream of grass-fed, organic, kosher meat come true

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A vegetarian for more than a decade, Devora Kimelman-Block resolved to eat meat only if it was kosher, organic and environmentally ethical. And she...

Louise Lawrence-Israëls on the dangers of being a Jew

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Louise Lawrence-Israëls finds herself fearful nowadays, while at the same time she’s determined to combat what makes her so uneasy. Anti-Semitism has played a significant...