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In My Own Words: The state of The Reporter by Rabbi Rachel Esserman

Some of you may be aware that The Reporter Group will no longer be publishing two of our sister newspapers. Beginning in March, we will only have two papers: our weekly Binghamton paper and our sister paper in Scranton, PA, both of which are called The Reporter. Finding advertising has been …

In My Own Words: Scams and conspiracies by Rabbi Rachel Esserman

“This is the Social Security Administration. We’re sorry to inform you that your Social Security number has been suspended....” Click to delete: that was my response to several messages left on my answering machine this week. I’m sure by the time this appears in the paper, I’ll hav…

In My Own Words - Jewish Disability Month by Rabbi Rachel Esserman

When I first moved back to this area and was dealing with my most recent hearing loss, I went to VESID, a New York state agency, which helped me get my hearing aids and my first operator-connected telephone. My counselor suggested that I apply for disability benefits so I could have some inc…

In My Own Words - Peace plans by Rabbi Rachel Esserman

During my annual book review for the Sisterhood of Temple Concord, I reviewed a work written in the 1990s, “From a Sealed Room” by Rachel Kadish. The novel, most of which took place in Israel, ended on an optimistic note since a peace treaty was signed shortly after the events took place…

In My Own Words - Hearing ups and downs by Rabbi Rachel Esserman

Life with a hearing impairment is an adventure and those who know me well know that I’m not particularly fond of adventures. My idea of excitement is to learn that an author I like has a new book coming out, or something nice has happened to a friend. When I originally planned this column,…