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Lips murmuring from the grave

I doubt whether there was a single Jew on the globe with the practical Jewish skills of Rabbi Yisrael Gornish, who left us last week. He was a mohel. A shochet. A shofar...

The Heavenly Jerusalem

Tradition speaks of the earthly Jerusalem and the Heavenly Jerusalem. For me, the earthly Jerusalem is already in Heaven. When we came to Jerusalem in 1972, where we...

Blessed is the ache

I could rue Israel’s endless political gridlock, or bemoan the missing screw in the Pesach pot that used to hold its knob in place, or wonder what will be, given mass...

I must be living in the wrong country

Either my perception is badly blunted, or I am living in the wrong country. My life is so odd, so unlike what I am told is pervasive out there. Here it is, in my office...

Lift-off!

PASSOVER EDITION 5781 SECTION A PAGE 4 My mentor and friend, Rabbi Yisroel P. Gornish says, “I love Pesach. Pesach is a different world.” Indeed. Something as...

Equity vs. equality

If all that “equity” connoted in current discourse were “equality,” this column would not be written. The emergence of “equity” as a political and ethical...

She said, ‘I’ll stick with my shrimp’

Uncharacteristically, there was quite a line at the fish counter at Whole Foods. While waiting, I tried to make small talk with the person in front of me, and asked what...

The pandemic’s first year

In the Jewish mindset, the severity of the pandemic set in around Purim, 2020 — about one year ago. Rabbi Ron Y. Eisenman of Passaic, NJ, remembers mentioning to one...

Joel Orent

This is one of the most difficult columns I have ever had to write. One of the first people Elaine and I met when we moved to Boston shortly after our marriage was Joel...

Hermine Blau

In every community there is a small number of special people captured by the adjective “colorful.” They attract attention not because they try to but because of who...