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It’s all a matter of perspective

It’s all a matter of perspective

The story goes that in medieval Europe two people were laying bricks, and were asked, “what are you doing?” One said, “I’m laying bricks, can’t you see?” The other said, “I’m building a cathedral.”

Back in the 1970s, at the beginning of feminism, a woman’s work in the home was demeaned and a woman’s career in the marketplace was esteemed. Leaving aside that things turned out to be rather more complicated, the work that a woman (or man) performs is appraised from the perspective of the worker.

Example. Part 1: A woman bakes at home. It’s hot in the kitchen. She is not paid for her labor. It takes a lot of time. One woman can say: “This is drudgework.” Another woman can say: “I am nurturing my most precious possessions, my children.”

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View From Denver

It takes two wings to fly

It takes two wings to flyHOLINESS comes in two’s. I first became aware of this in reference to Shabbos. But I became doubly aware (if that’s not a redundancy) last week as our son and daughter-in-law, Rabbi Mattis and Batya Goldberg, had twin daughters in Israel! Holiness in two’s, indeed. Rachel and Hannah, each around six pounds (about half the size of the other Israeli Goldberg babies), are a double blessing, eliciting a quadruple dose of gratitude (and that’s not a redundancy). The two’s of Shabbos: Two...
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View from Central Park

A ‘potluck’ Purim

I have never smoked pot nor experimented with any other drug and am certainly against promoting recreational drugs of all kinds. And I confess this is not your average family friendly idea. But with Purim around the corner, and mishloach manot (Purim baskets) having sort of become an opportunity at creativity, corny humor, or drawing on current events for humorous inspiration, the recent legalization here in Denver of marijuana is a goldmine. A “pot luck” Purim meal (seudah). With pot roast...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 06 March 2014 03:44 )

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Pebbles from heaven

Dear Tzviling, Thank you for your column. I have a question regarding wealth. I grew up in a home of modest means. I was always taught that wealth can be distractive. And yet, in a recent class I learned about the fabulous wealth that went into the building of the Holy Temple. Wouldn’t G-d be more impressed with simplicity? Mindy (via e-mail)
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View from Central Park

It was the music

In today’s day and age when the latest article about a new food, exercise or other gimmick supposedly holds the secret to long life, a remarkable lady, Alice Herz Sommer, the oldest living Holocaust survivor, died this week at the age of 110. She leaves us with a different legacy as to what the secret of longevity might be. A century plus a decade. Imagine being a teenager in the 1910’s, still alive and mentally present in the 2010’s?
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