Our daughter’s wedding was fast approaching on Dec. 28, and omicron was proving to be the black shadow that cast a cloud on the whole thing. One by one friends and relatives messaged us that t… Read more

A year ago, Americans were appalled by the sight of a violent mob storming Capitol Hill on the day the Electoral College votes from the 2020 election were counted. The events of Jan. 6, 2021, were a disgrace. As I wrote then, “there can be no rationalizing or excusing what happened.” Any effort to disrupt the peaceful transfer of power between the political parties by extra-legal means is unacceptable. Those who took part in this shameful episode deserve to be punished for breaking the law. Read more

With Cleveland’s winter weather upon us, you are not alone if you are experiencing joint and bone pain. While you can feel joint pain any time throughout the year, sensitivity tends to spike for many patients as temperatures drop – particularly for those experiencing arthritis and joint dege…

Despite significant changes in prescribing habits over the past several years, we continue to find ourselves in the epicenter of the opioid crisis. While we saw some reductions in opioid-related deaths in 2018 and 2019, the number of overdose deaths continues to be unacceptably high with dru…

It’s all too easy for us to fall into certain patterns as we continue through the holiday season. With New Year’s resolutions on the horizon and the prospect of all sorts of unhealthy holiday treats, we often become almost obsessed with issues of weight and dieting. Some of the most common N…

“How can we as a society stand by and watch people die when a simple shot could prevent a life-threatening illness?” That was the agonized question asked by a group of nine health care providers in Minnesota who last weekend took the unprecedented step of publishing an advertisement in local news outlets begging people to get vaccinated.

Looking back at 2021 in the hope of having something sensible to say about the past year, I found myself musing on a perennial question. Is history a story of progress in which greater numbers of human beings become healthier, happier, more affluent, more tolerant and more educated with each year? Is it a story in which we learn from our past errors and those of our predecessors in order to not repeat them?

Our daughter’s wedding was fast approaching on Dec. 28, and omicron was proving to be the bl…

Every time you think COVID-19 is over, there’s a new variant to freak you out. Omicron is th…

I’ve gone so many times in the past, on so many different kinds of trips, but these words ar…

Some of you may be aware that I’ll be taking a hiatus from both broadcast and print journalism for a few months. Let me explain why in this last column before my hiatus.

The tagline at the end of my Columbus Jewish News columns states that I report from Ra’anana, Israel, which is correct. My family and I moved from Cleveland to Ra’anana, a Tel Aviv suburb, in 1999. I have never regretted the move to Israel. Nor have I regretted the choice of Ra’anana, which has just embarked on celebrations marking its 100th anniversary.

I’ve made no secret in my Columbus Jewish News columns of my concern about Israel’s occupation of the West Bank. The occupation is the result of Jordan being repulsed from the territory in 1967 after attacking Israel in the Six-Day War. I’m not suggesting the Israeli army unilaterally withdraw from the territory, but I remain hopeful that ultimately a negotiated withdrawal from most of it is possible, paving the way for an independent Palestinian state.

A year ago, Americans were appalled by the sight of a violent mob storming Capitol Hill on the day the Electoral College votes from the 2020 election were counted. The events of Jan. 6, 2021, were a disgrace. As I wrote then, “there can be no rationalizing or excusing what happened.” Any effort to disrupt the peaceful transfer of power between the political parties by extra-legal means is unacceptable. Those who took part in this shameful episode deserve to be punished for breaking the law. Read more