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you don't have to be jewish to oppose the war in vietnam

mad man

Ad man William Bernbach developed a number of famous campaigns. For our purpose today, his most important is that for Levy’s bakery.

Correction (January 14, 2014): the woman behind the man!

Judy Portas died Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at the age of 91. As the story in the New York Times reports:

As Ms. Protas, a retired […]

promise of dawn

hashachar

dark mornings

As the northern hemisphere moves deeper into winter with less light for each day, our mornings begin near dawn. This is a beautiful time of beginnings and promise. While the sounds we hear each morning are not those of birds chirping and children learning, but the clanking of men at work, even these call […]

remembering pearls of music

this week Daniel Pearl would turn 46

Daniel Pearl was born on Shabbat Noah: October 10, 1964 = 4 Cheshvan 5725.

If, metaphorically speaking, all those animals (carnivores and herbivores) were able to coexist on the Ark why can’t we? And this week, when we learn that a new language has been found among a tiny group […]

on following orders

you decide how to go

Last year (2009) at this time of Yom haShoah I wrote that I believe that all Jewish teenagers (at least) should experience a week of sho’a nightmares.

I was in my early 20s when I tried to imagine the life of the boy with his hands raised being led from the Ghetto. […]

In spite of everything, would she still believe?

If she had not been murdered by the Nazis in early March 1945, Anne Frank would turn 80 years old on 12 June 2009.

Anne Frank in an age progression image at 80 years old

What would you say to Anne Frank if you were to meet her on the street? …that she transformed your life? […]

19th Century Jewish Cultural Hero

I collect (American) Judaic lapel buttons.
I have approximately 3000 unique items. Each one represents a different moment in the American Jewish experience.
Periodically I share them here.

My uncle was named after Mendele Mocher Sforim (the “Grandfather of Yiddish literature”). His older brother, my father was always called Nathan or Nate, though he was named Nechemia. I’ve […]

20th Century Jewish Cultural Hero

I collect (American) Judaic lapel buttons.
I have approximately 3000 unique items. Each one represents a different moment in the American Jewish experience.
Periodically I share them here.

As the “Che franchise” continues to grow, few other culture heroes (meant metaphorically) seem able to compete for public attention. Back in the late ’60s and early ’70s it was […]