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.
Something real. I can touch it, see it, feel it. It exists.
Two Rabbis, One Shul
Sound like double trouble? Over-employment? The latest synagogue sitcom? Probably; but Jewish history is never probable.
Sweet Dreams, Wake Up to Something Sweeter
Sleep is not a delicate or romantic. We slobber. We belch. We mess up freshly-pressed linen. We mutter senseless, groggy drivel. And all those contour pillows, satin duvets, imported headboards and lacey skirting -- try as they might -- can't hide the fact that we, thinking, sensitive, ...
Love in All the Gross Places
“This is a book about love” Peggy Noonan begins her book on 9/11. It’s a captivating read: raw, unedited. Written at the time and in the aftermath of when jets crushed towers into rubble and white smoke smothered Manhattan, and death choked the streets for ...
Success is the most coveted of blessings
Just after the Arabs attacked the Jews in what became known as the Yom Kippur War, the Israel Defense Forces held an emergency appeal in Nashville. My father was speaking, and probably because he couldn't get a babysitter, he brought me along.
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.
Why did Bubby always say that? And does it really have to do with the evil eye? Is this evil eye a cousin of walking under ladders with black cats on the Friday the thirteenth? The answers, in order, are: Because she loved you. Yes, but with an explanation. No.
No Jew is Complete Unless all Jews are Complete
This parsha is unique. Since recording Moshe's birth until the last parsha of the Torah, every sedra mentions Moshe by name. Except this week. Except Tetzaveh.