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Deterrence . . . and seeds of peace

Early morning last Friday we all shuddered to learn of the savagely brutal murder of young Israeli, Ori Ansbacher. Raped, tortured, murdered and mutilated, left naked in...

’93Queen’

The opportunity to peek into a sectarian community is extremely rare. That alone makes “93Queen” worth watching. The documentary, which screened as part of the...

A Cossack pogrom — a century ago

One century ago this week, a catastrophe struck Jewry. On the Sabbath day, Feb. 15, 1919, horror came to the Jewish community of the Ukrainian town of Proskurov. The...

48 Ways to Acquire the Torah: Way #39

Pirkei Avot, “Ethics of the Fathers,” states in chapter 6:6: “The Torah is acquired in 48 ways.” This week: Way #39, “Setting Someone Straight via the...

PT Barnum

PT Barnum famously observed, “All publicity is good publicity as long as they spell your name right.” We’ve witnessed the fundamental truth of this adage just last...

A Jewish view on love

In Western culture today, February 14, Valentine’s Day, is a time to celebrate romance and love.  Despite its commercial appeal of candy, Cupid and romantic dinners,...

The best thing it had going for it

With thousands if not millions of others, I’ve been so moved and enchanted in watching The Shalva Band’s magical performances, one after the other. It has been...

48 Ways to Acquire the Torah: Way #38

Pirkei Avot, “Ethics of the Fathers,” states in chapter 6:6: “The Torah is acquired in 48 ways.” This week: Way #38, “Judging others favorably.” Having...

Short stories

I’m old school. My connection to social media is pretty limited — no Twitter or Instagram. Although I am on Facebook, I’m not that active on it. While I have met...

Denver vs. San Antonio

Travel is always enlightening. For me it’s about exploring the history and culture, but on my recent trip to San Antonio I found myself asking: What’s San Antonio...