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View from Central Park

Summer, 2013

HAVE you noticed? All that  melodious bird song is beginning to wane. Cheerful bird chirping can still be heard, but it is getting less and less. All those birds quickly dipping their little pointy beaks in and out of the shallow birdbath water, encompassing the rim of the bowl — they are diminishing, aren’t they.

I am preparing myself to be caught while driving in one of those huge bird migrations, in which, even though it is irrational, you see the sky darkening with the multitude of birds flying en masse — their wings flapping in unison almost like one synchronized movement — and you duck inside your car. You pull over to the side of the road because it feels like they will crash into your vehicle.

Last Updated ( Friday, 23 August 2013 07:20 )

Dear Tzviling

Time travelling

Dear Tzviling, What do you think would be better — to go back in time or to see the future? Andy, Hampstead, Canada

Last Updated ( Thursday, 15 August 2013 02:05 )

View from Central Park

My own film festival

SOMETIMES I think that I should officially organize my own film festival. My friends joke that I already do. I often recommend movies to them from my cache of “must watch movies.” When I come into town for a visit, we try and see one of them together. Usually, these are classics that I love, movies that have entered my cells, that at this point I have integrated into my lexicon. I repeat lines from their dialogue, now a  part of my dialogue. That is definitely a big part of the fun: inter...
View from Central Park

Rocks and rockets

After hearing many upsetting reactions to what was perceived as an anti-Israel article by Jodi Rudoren in The New York Times, I read the article myself. It is titled “In a West Bank culture of conflict, boys Wield the Weapon at Hand.” I went in looking for the anti-Israel angle people were upset by. And to be sure, I found it immediately. The article is about the culture of violence in the Arab village of Beit Ommar. It describes the Arab youth and their stonethrowing ways at Israeli passin...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 08 August 2013 01:58 )

Dear Tzviling

Mathematics vs. nachas

Dear Tzviling, My daughter wants to get married and is getting a lot of offers of fine young men. Many friends have told me to make sure to check out the family background. You know, the parents, siblings, uncles and aunts — even cousins. Is this really that important? After all, my daughter won’t be marrying the relatives. We value your opinion. What do you think? Grace (via e-mail)

Last Updated ( Thursday, 08 August 2013 01:59 )

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