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The rest — to the freezer

As the trees begin to change colors, a special fruit is just ripening in late summer and early fall. Plums. This particular autumn plum is known by so many descriptions:...

Mass hysteria

In 1983, there was a mass fainting epidemic in schools in the West Bank. Palestinian leadership accused Israel of poisoning the mostly teenage school girls. Israel...

48 Ways to Acquire the Torah: Way #20

Pirkei Avot, “Ethics of the Fathers,” states in chapter 6:6: “The Torah is acquired in 48 ways.” This week: Way #20, “Limited Entertainment” The human mind...

Sukkot: Living with uncertainty and joy

September in Tucson brings many things I love: cooler temperatures permitting long walks in Sabino Canyon, intermittent rains that drench my garden and the Jewish...

A body, a nation, pierced

There are turning points in life, and the murder of Ari Fuld, in the junctures of my life, is one of them. Tens of thousands of hearts around the world were breaking as...

Disinformation

Once upon a time propaganda was not a bad word. It simply meant the dissemination of information in favor of a given cause. To us now it sounds Orwellian, but...

Domestic suspense

There’s a new genre of thriller that has emerged in the past seven or so years, and it’s absolutely hooked me. I don’t know what the literary powers that be have...

48 Ways to Acquire the Torah: Way #19

Pirkei Avot, “Ethics of the Fathers,” states in chapter 6:6: “The Torah is acquired in 48 ways.” This week: Way #19, “Limited Conversation” If you want me...

Astonishing stories of return

As we approach this Shabbat Shuva, the Sabbath that falls between the “inscribing” of Rosh Hashanah and the “sealing” of Yom Kippur, teshuva, loosely translated...

Jewish history’s port of call

ROSH HASHANAH 5779 SECTION A PAGE 2 Earlier this summer, I had the opportunity to visit the Western History Center at Case Western University in Cleveland. Sean Martin,...