Did you go to the Purim Concert?

Purim: Megilla Read­ings, Balls and Con­certs (oh my; so many options)

As long ago as 1864, New York Jews attend­ed Purim Balls, a tra­di­tion now main­tained for the past 32 years at The Jew­ish Muse­um. And, not only in New York, but also Bev­er­ly Hills, CA, Min­neapo­lis, MN and Akron, OH where young women are pre­sent­ed as […]

#blogexodus : spring (karpas)

כרפס | karpas | eat the green veg­eta­bles

Dip sprigs of pars­ley in salt water and dis­trib­ute them to all present at the Seder table while read­ing the fol­low­ing para­graphs and singing the fol­low­ing songs.

My heart over­flows with joy! I final­ly see more day­light than dark­ness and a full moon glows tonight. Cel­e­brate with me the flow­er­ing of […]

The People of the…

We have been called a Peo­ple of the Book for near­ly 1400 years. We did not invent the term. It was giv­en to us (as well as to Chris­tians) by our cousins the Mus­lims. Nonethe­less, even as our tech­nolo­gies move us beyond the phys­i­cal book, the text remains. We return to the text that has served […]

are you slow to fast?

fast­ing for dar­fur

As not­ed in an ear­li­er post on this blog, on the 26 of Sivan 5769 (cor­re­spond­ing to June 17–18, 2009) I fast­ed to call atten­tion to the con­tin­u­ing geno­cide in Dar­fur. One of my reg­u­lar read­ers shared a com­ment here. That col­umn was cross-post­ed at the blog of the Reli­gious Action Cen­ter of Reform Judaism […]

what do you put in your coffee?

[cross post­ed at The Jew and the Car­rot]

Phar­isees of course

A Tiny Vial of Phar­isäer

Ever-sen­si­­tive to appear­ances of Jew­ish ref­er­ences in pop­u­lar cul­ture, I was a bit sur­prised to read Mau­reen Dowd’s head­line in The New York Times on Sun­day, July 19, 2009: “Phar­isees on the Potomac”

I did not see any men­tion of late antiq­ui­ty in her […]

Hidden in plain sight

At the far east end of 47th Street in Man­hat­tan, between 2nd and 1st Avenues a broad love­ly park leads up to the Unit­ed Nations com­plex of build­ings on the East Riv­er. A farmer’s mar­ket is set up every Wednes­day through­out the year.

a mar­ket and plaza to ral­ly against geno­cide

This broad space is known as Katharine Hep­burn […]

hidden in plain sight (continued)

con­tin­ued from hid­den in plain sight

what are we hid­ing (from)?

As of this writ­ing, the phrase “hid­den in plain sight” appears in a Google search 142,000 times. It must refer to a wide vari­ety of con­cepts and sit­u­a­tions. How many things to we encounter and pass by that are as though they are hid­den from us in plain […]

Neapolitan

Over the years I have been asked:

What kind of a rab­bi are you?

To which I answer with­out hes­i­ta­tion:

A good rab­bi!

And then my inter­locu­tor stam­mers a bit and says:

No, no, what… oh, ah…. Are you…?

At which point I gen­tly inter­rupt and say:

Neapoli­tan