Naomi Wilzig, the founder of the World Erotic Art Museum in Miami Beach, has died at 80. Let’s just say she was not your typical Jewish grandmother, as Nancy Kalikow Maxwell recounts.
For years, Nancy Kalikow Maxwell envied Orthodox women for their close, neighborly relationships — kind of like the one shared by Lucille Ball and Ethel Mertz.
The nuns were always blessing Nancy Kalikow Maxwell when she worked at a Catholic college. But it took a colleague’s casual ‘have a blessed day’ to really get under her skin.
Some rabbis call it a shallow gimmick to mourn a loved one by wearing a ribbon. But a tiny swatch of fabric was a profound source of solace to one widow after her husband’s death.
Seeking a Jewish community in Florida, a retiree finds that mezuzas on the doorpost aren’t always the best way of identifying a haimish home.
‘Let us pray” often opens funerals and weddings, but budget meetings? When you work at a Catholic college, you come to expect getting blessed without sneezing and praying before committee meetings.
In bold letters, I write the word nakhes on the board. “How’s it pronounced again?” asks one of the five male students in the class. I say the word again, emphasizing the guttural sound in the middle of it. “Now you try it.”