Category Archives: family

beyond the straits and narrow

a grow­ing hag­gadah We print­ed a pri­vate new edi­tion of A Grow­ing Hag­gadah last year for per­son­al use. We will use it again this year. If you are inter­est­ed in hav­ing a PDF ver­sion of the text to print and use (in whole … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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the new year; traveling for chocolate… and much more

Switzer­land was actu­al­ly “Plan B” We had hoped to get to Fire Island (Long Island) at The Pines for Rosh haShan­nah to be with a col­league and at the beach. How­ev­er, because “the sea­son” at The Pines was still going strong, … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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pirke imahot .01

I am not the first to use the phrase, but begin­ning on March 15, 2000 I began a file in which I col­lect­ed our moth­er’s say­ings. I will peri­od­i­cal­ly share them here. One of her pri­ma­ry expres­sions was: if you can’t say any­thing nice … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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Hiroshima 広島市 Day Again (may we have many)

Last year at this time I wrote about the “MAD“ness of nuclear arma­ments. In essence: There does not seem to be much val­ue in hav­ing nuclear weapons. They may exist for a MAD (Mutu­al­ly Assured Destruc­tion) pur­pose. And yet, many peo­ple tell … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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the electronic leaflet

from prayer­book to leaflet I have been involved in writ­ing and dis­trib­ut­ing leaflets at least since 1966 when our fam­i­ly com­posed a leaflet [text] we dis­trib­uted in front of our con­gre­ga­tion’s Yom Kip­pur obser­vance call­ing atten­tion to the war in Viet­nam. … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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מזל טוב

queen city of the west When Deb­bie and I decid­ed to con­tin­ue our rab­binic stud­ies at the Cincin­nati, Ohio cam­pus of HUC-JIR rather than at the New York cam­pus, a num­ber of our friends made fun of us. They joked that we’d … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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the boy and I

the boy with his hands raised As I men­tioned here on April 10, when I was in my ear­ly 20s, I tried to imag­ine the life of the boy with his hands raised being led from the War­saw Ghet­to. I spent months with him, … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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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 … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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Elul Homework 2 (I’ve done that too!)

con­fir­ma­tion and ver­i­fi­ca­tion Some­times we think that we are the only per­son who has done such ter­ri­ble things to oth­ers. It can be lib­er­at­ing and for­giv­ing for us, and those oth­ers like us, to learn that we are not alone. … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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Hiroshima 広島市 Day ☮

The first nuclear weapon “Lit­tle Boy” was dropped on the city of Hiroshi­ma on Mon­day, August 6, 1945. call­ing for nuclear dis­ar­ma­ment then I have a clear mem­o­ry from long ago, some­time around 1959: walk­ing with my fam­i­ly down Hol­ly­wood Boule­vard, … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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