Fran Ostendorf
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How do you prepare for the High Holy Days? Do you clean, cook, bake? Do you sign up for one of the many available study sessions centered around the month of Elul? Perhaps you sit down and take stock of relationships with those around you. … more
Introspection is such a difficult concept. What does it really mean? According to Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary, it’s a noun meaning the examination of your own thoughts or feelings. Not too complicated; easy to understand, right? … more
I’ve learned a number of lessons since my last column. None of them are particularly deep or life changing, but I think each time you learn something, you advance a little. So I thought … more
For those of us who are news and history junkies, today marks the zenith of a four-year cycle. I’m talking about Inauguration Day. The influence of my formative years living in the … more
I’m not one to worry about falling. I try to walk at a quick pace – hampered only by fairly short legs – eyes ahead, head held high. No shuffling here. So when I found myself … more
What have you been doing this summer? Many people have been traveling. I know that from the photos we’ve received showing smiling readers holding copies of The Jewish Voice. We love those … more
When I was working at daily newspapers, we used to have an unspoken competition to see who would write the first “ ‘Tis the season’ ” headline. Trite and predictable, nonetheless, in a headline writer’s world it was one of those … more
I wasn’t fortunate enough to have known Lila Sapinsley. But I wish I had. Certainly the tributes that I’ve heard in the last week have painted a picture of a strong advocate for women, a caring mentor for girls and a wonderful member of our … more
How do you relax? We all have hobbies – activities that make us forget the stress and strain of everyday life. Perhaps we need them now more than ever. Our 24/7, connected lives seem very … more
On Sept. 9, Rhode Islanders go to the polls to vote in the 2014 primary. You’d have to be living under a rock, or outside the state, to not know this. If you are part of our circulation in Massachusetts or elsewhere, hang on. I promise this … more
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