Bonded by Faith
The Communists rose to power when Naphtali, Tolchik to his friends, was young. His father didn't like the smell of it all and told Tolchik to become a shochet: to master the intricate, exacting practice of kosher butchering - the training takes years and the pay is lousy. "Become a
When Mom and Dad have a really juicy tidbit to share that they don't want the kids to hear, they whisper it quietly. If the kids come in the room they change the topic to something boring. Kids pick up the trick. When they are playing with the sensational and forbidden, they keep ...
Did the Maccabees Win?
Did the Maccabees win? Would we have rooted for them?
Were they fighting the bad guys? They were fighting the Greeks: Athens! The best of Western culture has its roots in Greece. Form graceful columns to Homer to Hippocrates,
sound-in-mind-sound-in-body still ...
Old Age. Old Wine
Old Age. Old Wine
Antique sells. Even faux antique sells. "Antiqued" furniture is scuffed and dinged at the end of the assembly line.
Brand-new pewter pitchers are being coated with green stuff called patina. Multi-million dollar homes are built to "have character". If ...
Quit the career, start working!
My son the doctor had a son:
he is now a neurosurgeon.
His son is a forest-ranger in Yosemite:
the girl he is not yet married to is not Jewish.
My son the lawyer had a daughter:
she is a senior analyst with Morgan Stanley:
she's forty-three and just met Mr. ...
Don't Become a Product Of Your Surroundings
My father was raised in the Old Country, in a place called Nujoisy, in the town of Elizabeth. His parents had come there from Israel, where he was born. They had come to Israel from Russia shortly before his birth: they had left Russia after my grandfather's father was murdered in a pogrom. My ...
Gaining Insight Into Attaining the Divine
At twelve, I left Nashville for Pittsburgh's yeshiva. I lived in my grandparents' home; my grandfather was also my teacher.
He once called my class together at the foot of the stairway and started in his Yiddish-accent sing-song: "You know boys, when you are going down steps, you ...
Hebrews Not Welcome
"No Hebrews Allowed." It’s the first reference that comes to my mind when I hear us called Hebrews. Okay, I know YMHA means the Jewish YMCA, and HIAS a Jewish Immigrant Aid Society, but still, Hebrew -- when talking about people, not our language – smacks of long-hand for ...
Teddy Bear Or Eagle? America, What Are You?
This country was founded, settled, developed, defined and furthered by people who left their homes for the unknown. Whether or not they were religious (in the conventional sense) is, and will continue to be, hotly debated by those with agendas. What is unarguable is that the men and women who ...
How long since you had to look inside a math book? Because here's a question that might have got by you:
A down payment on a home costs $5,000.
Housing one brain-damaged man for a year costs $20,000.
How many families lose homes to mental retardation?
This extra-credit ...