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Personal, it is not. National, it is.

IN CONVERSATION with a friend who is no longer observant, he made the point that he feels seder night is a canned Jewish ritual. For him, it doesn’t hold meaning. There is nothing personal about the stories; seder night is not about a meaningful experience or personal story of redemption a particular family can relate to. Rather, it is a scripted booklet written by the Rabbis, penned long ago. Out of touch.

Then, he said, there’s that “kol dichfin” hospitality citation inaugurating the seder, in Aramaic, the lingua franca of the time, so as to assure it is understood by all, that anyone and everyone is invited, when in reality, that is not the case at all. And if one received a knock at the door by some random stranger, the last thing one would do is let them in.


Me, Passover and Bobby McGee

The year was 1968: the Vietnam War was raging, psychedelic music and drugs were “in,” Marin Luther King was assassinated a week before President Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act and the Beatles released the White Album to mixed reviews. I was about to enter ninth grade. Amidst the free love and political turmoil, I somehow finagled my mother into driving over two hours to Atlantic City to take me and my best friend to my very first rock concert.
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My plans for the next life

I am not talking about the next life I fervently hope to live, I’m talking about the one I know I won’t live — unless I’m reincarnated. The next life I hope to live is, of course, in the hands of G-d, as He will judge my efforts here for post-mortal eternal life. The life I know I won’t live is the mythical one full of goals I simply do not have the time, money or talent for in the life I have.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 14 April 2016 15:01 )

View from Central Park

Wanted: gefilte fish recipe

I’m on the hunt for a good, old school and heimish gefilte fish recipe. I know, I know. These days, the kosher culinary world is all about the cutting edge sophisticated kosher interpretations of popular contemporary foods. For me, though, the charm of holiday foods, and especially Pesach foods, is in the sentiment of nostalgic, traditional foods of childhood and Pesachs past. At this point, I should probably let you know that I don’t really like gefilte fish.

Living with, and without, Aunt Gen

I ARRIVED in Tucson on July 3, 1976, with nothing but a backpack, post-college dreams and a lot of sand in my shoes. The three months it took me to hitchhike from Oberlin, Ohio, to Tucson, Arizona, really took a beating on my hiking boots and the slim savings I had. My plan was simple: to live with my Aunt Gen for a while until I figured out what I wanted to do with “the rest of my life.” Gen, who was really my dad’s first cousin, was 58, newly widowed and filled with dread about living a...
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