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Winter light

THE MAGIC of fairytales is alive and well here in New York. Oh, how I have always loved looking at the wondrous, illuminated winter windows of New York City.

A friend and I met up on Fifth Avenue at Lord and Taylor. This year’s theme was “A Few Of Our Favorite Things.”

Shimmering frosted white Victorian cuckoo clocks, an enormous gingerbread house held up by a legion of moving gingerbread cookies, the charm of Parisian sweet shops, a wintry mansion enveloped by gently falling snow, animated by random latticed doors and windows opening and revealing charming treasures inside.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 07 January 2016 14:47 )

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View From Denver

Whose new year?

January 1, 2016 — who’s new year is it? I am reminded of the following story. Rabbi Yechezkel Abramsky was somewhat of a legendary figure for having exited a communist prison camp in 1931. Rabbi Abramsky was a great Talmudic scholar whose multivolume work on the Tosefta, a Talmudic work, is a classic. Therefore, certain Jewish circles around the world followed his communist imprisonment closely, somewhat akin to the widespread attention paid to Anatoly (later Natan) Sharansky’s imprison...
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All the more unobtrusively

Mysteriously, Yehoshua Monoker did not wake up one Shabbos morning. He was breathing, but unresponsive. He was rushed to the hospital. He remained in a coma for the next 13 months, when he died. His son was planning to get engaged that Saturday evening. He did get engaged, and then married. Throughout, his father’s condition never changed.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 24 December 2015 08:51 )

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View from Central Park

Fleeting crown

WHENEVER AN obviously complex issues arises, we often turn to Jewish sources to understand what the Jewish perspective might be. Life decisions based on the definition of brain death, for example, are important to view though a Jewish prism. Lately, though, current events trigger the same curiosity. For example, a couple of months back, Edinson Volquez, a pitcher for the Kansas City Royals, was pitching in the World Series. Sadly, his dad had died right before one of his big games. Volquez’s...
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View from Central Park

Distance? By whom?

A few weeks ago, the school I am currently teaching at, Solomon Schechter School of Manhattan, had the honor and pleasure of receiving a brief visit from the Israeli government minister Naftali Bennet. What the school calls shira b’tsibbur, public singing, is a monthly Rosh Chodesh activity. The entire school gathers in the auditorium and, sitting on the floor together, they sing. They sing the songs of the Jewish people, songs of Israel, songs of our heritage.
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