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.
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.
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, ...
Why Jews Like Gold
Granted gold has some practical applications: photography, conducting electricity and other things we remember as vaguely vital. But that is not gold. That is not gold's worth, that is not why people have been gaga over it for as long as we can remember.
My Son the Doctor
"My Son the Doctor", and "Oh Doctor have I got a daughter for you", were the two most eligible bachelors in the American Jewish community for over half a century, from the old neighborhood and on over in the move out to the suburbs. Now we've heard so ...