WITCHES, BLACK CATS, BULLS AND PLANES
Black cats don't bother me any more than white or brown ones do. The thirteenth floor is fine as long as the elevator is working. Horoscopes remain unread -regardless of whether we Tauruses need to think bull market or bear.
For Hashem Your G-d Will Bless You
One of the more exotic and less tempting places Chabad brought me was a Jewish old-age home in Morocco. It didn't smell pleasant: not by old-age-home standards, not by third-world standards. A few of the residents were neither senile nor blind. Some even acknowledged us when we ...
A Mitzvah is a Diamond
It was a wintry Friday night in Brooklyn. A roomful of Jewish college kids in the Sixties, challenging the young rabbi chairing the roundtable; how can you believe in G-d when science has proven... why keep kosher in an age of government inspection and refrigeration, isn't it racist to speak of the ...
Moshiach, Redemption and the Importance of Children
Five-hundred twenty one years ago this week, Ferdinand and Isabel ensured their country's homogenous character by disengaging the Jews of Spain -- in an emotionally draining, historic move facing stiff resistance and at considerable political and economic cost.
If the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, then the spyglass of a nation’s soul is their cookbooks.
Jewish cookbooks have changed. Cholent is no longer “a slow-cooking stew of potatoes, beans and meat”. Cholent has “deep emotional significance, a ...
Mourning and Continuance
A dill pickle is good.
Pistachio ice cream is good.
Together, they are not good.
Good cooking means combining food properly.
Egg and onion is good -- two foods that complement each other....
Planting In Tears With Joy
I was at the Holocaust Museum in Washington, some years ago. It tells the horror and it tells it well. I've seen Schindler's List; in a sense, it portrays the horror more effectively than any documentary has. Both are missing a crucial element - the magnitude of Jewish response....
Moses Our Leader
"Money," a holocaust survivor declared at one lunch-n-learn, "is only appreciated when you lose it."
A Walk in the Valley of the Shadow
This week was a celebration of the contemporary – with vivid reminders of the past. This week’s Parsha is an echo of antiquity -- with a distinctly contemporary ring.
I stood in a cemetery in Queens, New York, awaiting my allotted 120 seconds at the Rebbe’s resting place on ...
Am levadad yishkon, a nation dwells alone
Are you a statistics person? Do you remember the numbers you read; can you retain and when necessary retrieve them? Or are you more the graphics type that relates to visuals of pies and colored blocks and zigzaggy lines to make a point? I like anecdotes, little stories that (as someone once put ...