Channel Esther: BOBST, a Serial Novel, Part XI

by Esther Cohen To read the earlier installments of BOBST, search at right under “Bobst.” Shmuel Feigenbaum wrote to Rivka from South Africa. Both from Bobst, in Lithuania, they met briefly in Rivka’s uncle’s lending office. She was 14 and he was 11 years older. The year was 1903. Shmuel was working in a clothing […]

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Divorce and Children

Judith S. Wallerstein, a psychologist and researcher in California and Israel who wrote five best-selling books on the impact of divorce upon children and adults, died at 90 on this date in 2012. Wallerstein’s work was centered around her “California Children of Divorce Study,” begun in 1971 with Joan B. Kelly, which followed 131 children […]

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October 18: Gay Adoption in Israel

Uzi Even, an Israeli chemistry professor emeritus at Tel Aviv University and a former politician who was the first openly gay serving member of the Knesset (as a member of Meretz), was born in Haifa on this date in 1940. In 2004, Uzi married his partner Amit Kama in Canada — the only country that […]

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August 21: Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo

World-renowned leftwing Mexican artists Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo were married for the first time on this date in 1929 (they separated in 1934, divorced in 1938, and remarried in 1940). Rivera’s mother was a converso. Although he was not raised as a Jew, he knew that he was Jewish and was proud of it. […]

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