Old Age. Old Wine
Antique sells. Even faux antique sells. "Antiqued" furniture is scuffed and dinged at the end of the assembly line.
Choosing To Have Children
My son the doctor had a son:
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 ...
Torah of Flesh & Blood
At twelve, I left Nashville for Pittsburgh’s yeshiva. I lived in my grandparents’ home; my grandfather was also my teacher.
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, 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 be) debated by those with agendas. It is unarguable however, that the founders of this country were ...
Destruction and Rebuilding
The fires are not yet out,
the juries are not yet in.
But the shock is over,
the counting and rebuilding has begun.
Ironic that it happens in the parsha of the flood? ...
A lady who comes to shul stopped me after Simchas Torah. She had noticed her son was crying, tears in his eyes. What's wrong honey, she asked. Oh, when I see Daddy holding the Torah in his arms I cry.
Dance, Dance, Dance
Rosh Hashanah you hear the shofar. Yom Kippur you fast. Sukkos you eat in the sukkah and take the lulav-esrog. Simchas Torah you have no mitzvah. Simchas Torah, the joy of the torah, the joy of this learning that takes a lifetime, Simchas Torah has no learning. At night, we take the Torah ...
How Strong the Vulnerable
If you're looking for nobility, search not among noblemen. If you're looking for royalty, search not in palaces. If you're looking for aristocracy, go to a sinking ship.
In good times and good places everyone seems to be of noble and fine character --
they just mirror ...