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Dear Tzviling

Don’t take this sitting down

Dear Tzviling,

I went to a synagogue for the first time last Shabbat and I could not figure these people out. They couldn’t make up their minds if they wanted to sit or stand during the prayers. I mean I walk in while they are seated, then they stand up then back down, not just once but quite a few times. Standing or sitting: just make up your mind!

Also, is this why I should come to synagogue, just to go up and down?

Your column is the best!

— David Gold, online reader from The Bronx

View from Central Park

Also a miracle: unity

WE are all familiar with the big miracles in the Torah: the exodus from Egypt, the splitting of the Red Sea, the manna falling from the heavens, sustaining the Jewish people for 40 years. These indeed are the famous miracles. But think about this week’s Torah portion, Vayakhel, literally, “and he gathered.” Moses gathers the entire Jewish people. The whole nation. Everyone stands together ready to hear the words of Moses. First of all, picture that many people in the wilderness, throngs ...

The secret life of money

I GREW up in a house where words were the currency by which my brother and I gained recognition. Unlike most of our peers, where parental approval was dished out for things like making the varsity team or getting straight A’s, my dad’s highest form of praise came as a result of  the words we used and how we used them. It’s no surprise, I suppose, that my brother got a doctorate in English linguistics and I make my living as a wordsmith, writing and teaching. But I’m not complaining. I...
View From Denver

Alone among the multitudes

I NEVER thought it would happen, certainly not this way. You see, for some years now I have fantasized that one day I would turn up in a strange city, in a synagogue where I knew no one and no one knew me. In this imaginary synagogue I would pray without expectation of hearing the latest news or socializing after the services, without expectation of serving as a teacher, role model or friend, without expectation of any human relationship, express or implied, of any kind. No Jewish geography. ...
View From Denver

The myth of the Palestinian Arab womb

IF you’ve heard it once, you’ve heard it a thousand times. I first heard it when Menachem Begin was elected prime minister of Israel in 1977, ending 30 years of Labor party rule. Begin pushed aside the common terms for the West Bank and Gaza, “territories held in abeyance” (the Israeli term) or “occupied territories” (the Arab term) and articulated a new term, “liberated territories.” That caused an uproar. It is not my purpose here to revisit the range of objections to the Isr...

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