I’ve been working with my colleague Sheryl Hirsh since shortly after her daughter Melissa died of an accidental drug overdose in 2013. Through many conversations, Sheryl has given me a rich picture of Melissa, and the events leading to her death. But this past week, she shared a new surprising detail with me. . . .
If you’ve taken a genealogy test at home, you are in good company. In 2018 alone, over 12 million in this country have used home-test kits to get information about their genetic past. My sister Ziva is one of them. . . .
When you meet a person who is near the end of their life, it can take work to imagine them youthful and full of vigor. I thought about that difficulty when I met Alvin Siegal five years ago, shortly after I had moved to town. He was 90 years old at the time.
ALANNA'S JEWISH EXPLORATIONS: