A Marriage in the Desert
Why was the Torah given in a desert? The marriage between G-d and His people: when they became "a singular nation in all the land", with the children being the guarantors, the blast of the shofar. Such a wonderful experience should have better taken place amidst lush foliage, brilliant ...
Last Line on Curses
Anyone can curse: like anything else cursing can be sublimate to an art. The alte Poilishe yiddenes, the Jewish women of Poland, when the troubles and aggravations of the marketplace bubbled over they would fume at each other: “You should have a court case -- and you should ...
Bow & Arrow
Have you ever shot a bow and arrow? I haven't. In school, the teachers spoke of the custom of taking kids to the fields to shoot bows and arrows on Lag B'omer. But they never took us. Archery by proxy.The custom, they told me, dates back to the Roman ...
You Should Be Holy, For I Am Holy
It was in the depths of inhumanity, wrote survivor Gerta Klein, that she glimpsed humanity. A friend in Bergen Belsen presented her with a green-leaf-garnished raspberry. Other survivors tell of Jews with nothing to offer would huddle others close to them to shield them from winter winds.
Something real. I can touch it, see it, feel it. It exists.
Unless you start getting into quantum physics kind of stuff.
Which I don’t need to: I have enough real things around me.
Especially toys: big toys because I’m a big kid....
“And (the sons of Aaron) died, and Aaron remained silent,” the Parsha.
It was a Reader’s Digest article I read years ago about a lady who had just lost her mother, her husband was on his way home from a trip; she alone had to break the news to her little children. People ...
Our Children, Ourselves
The youngest child at the table clears his throat and begins, “Mah Nishtana Halayla Hazeh Mikol Haleilot.” It’s been repeated in homes across the country, in homes across the sea and in homes across time.
Chametz vs. Matzah
Matzah. Thin, flat bread: either identical, square-shaped crackers if they are machine-made, or round, varying personalities if they are baked in the original fashion.
If you want to gage an American Jewish community, Ben Gurion is purported to have said, don’t bother checking out their synagogues and centers. See if they have a kosher restaurant. He could have been talking about Pesach. Forget about what’s going on in shul or who is ...
My grandmother came to America -- from Russia with a four-year stopover in Israel -- around 1930. She, with her husband and two infant boys, settled in a Jewish neighborhood in New Jersey. The older boys in the neighborhood welcomed them by snatching their yarmulkes off their heads.