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The loathsome symbol

What a painful week. “The Times, They Are A-Changin’,” as the famous lyrics by Bob Dylan go. The ugly tentacles of anti-Semitism have been coming out from all...

‘Mem’

I’ve been thinking a lot about “Mem,” the heroic Lt. Col. who was killed in a top secret intelligence gathering mission in Gaza, whose name is under military gag...

Honored

Whenever election season rolls around, and especially election day itself, I know this sounds so corny — but I genuinely do get that feel-good democracy vibe. Not to...

Look for the helpers

Bloodshed at a synagogue called Tree of Life. The painful irony. This coming Shabbat, just before the Torah is returned to the ark, when almost every Jewish congregation...

Future toxicity

I feel so worried about the situation on the Gaza border. Yet I rarely hear a peep about it in the news, even in the Israeli news cycle. Is this just the new normal...

My cherished friend Mrs. Weissbrot

Two years ago as Holocaust Memorial Day approached, Mrs. Riva (Regina)  Weissbrot and I agreed that I would highlight a bit of her story. Then she fell ill. Once she...

Locked in, locked out

When I departed NYC for Denver, before Rosh Hashana, neighbors and close friends of mine in my strongly Jewish building asked if they could put up a Rosh Hashana guest...

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:...

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...

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...