This essay was published in Hadassah Magazine-February/March 2015   Family Matters By Nancy Davidoff Kelton My niece through marriage died two years ago at age 40. We sat shiva at her brother’s house in Needham, Massachusetts. His 6-year-old daughter helped

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Dear Blog Readers: Some of you want more contests. There will be one in a few weeks. Others asked if I’d share a column I wrote for AARP. One that got a lot of ‘likes’ is “50 Things that are