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Pandemic — an opportunity for schools

Just as many school openings were delayed in Denver, in New York we just learned that the famous East Coast post-Labor Day back to school time has been delayed by a...

Bread and circuses

I was deeply disturbed when back in October the NBA came out in favor of the totalitarian Chinese Communist Party. To refresh your memory, as so much has happened since...

The more things change…

“Good will toward men” was on the lips of the world Christmas morning, but Juden Raus (Jews Get Out!) was on the walls of a new synagogue in Cologne, Germany. In the...

What’s so Jewish about genealogy?

For the last three columns, I’ve been writing mostly about basic genealogy concepts, but now it’s time to look at what’s unique about Jewish genealogy. As I said...

Booms and busts

What brought you to Colorado? The pandemic has meant no far-flung vacations. Instead, I’ve explored different parts of the state and encountered pioneer stories. One...

The med masks, memento masks

How did this COVID-19 pandemic get me thinking about Shir Hashirim, the Song of Songs, and Rabbi Akiva’s declaration that all of the Jewish canon is holy, but Shir...

Past becomes present

I dived into the past, or so I thought. I pulled out a scrapbook made after my grandmother, Anna Goldberg, died in 1965. On the first page is a beautiful tribute my Dad...

‘You raised me up’

The other night, I was approaching Broadway and 98th when I passively registered that a woman walking with her two dogs toward me on my left was thanking a tall black...

We live our identity

We live our identity. We live our musts, our standards, the things we have to do. Everyone has things that they want to do: we want to learn more Torah, have a deeper...

Deep changes

There’s a great scene toward the end of the 2012 Saudi Arabian film “Wadjda.” The film tells the story of a young girl, Wadjda, who dreams of buying a green...