The Gansa Megilla As told to Plonis* My son loves to lain the weekly Parsha. This, I well appreciate, and delight in hearing him whenever he is home for Shabbos and finds a shul happy to take advantage of his services. After years of laining sporadically, he decided to read on Purim as well, and Read more
Archives for February 2018
What do we really know of our fellow Jew, behind the masks we all wear?
Haman hated Mordechai,
Who greeted him with just plain ‘hi.’
V’ne’hapchu—A Fish Story If ‘v’ne’hapchu’’—sudden dramatic turnarounds—is the essence of Purim, then many of us here in Israel live in Purim all year long. There are two things one soon learns here; ‘there are no sure things’, and ‘nothing is impossible’. proverbial tale of entering a government office armed with every possible piece of paper Read more
The recipe for survival that was concealed in my mother’s kreplach My earliest childhood memory is connected to food. Raspberries. Just one taste and I’m immediately transported back to the woods behind our house where my little fingers eagerly pick the sweet fruit off of the bush. This could be a scene right out of Read more
Independence Independence is an interesting concept. Something that I thought was a major and necessary accomplishment. As a young child it meant being able to master simple tasks on my own. As I grew into my teenage hood it meant masking rebelliousness with this concept. Every time I would try something new and exciting that Read more
What’s so Funny? Why do you Jews always answer a question with another question? Why not? I remember the joke, I remember the comedian, and I remember the thought I had then as a teenager in the 1980’s: Why is the humor field flooded with Jewish talent? The niggling question embedded itself into my growing Read more
Her dry face I saw on a Byzantine icon.
Tales From the Heritage House by DB Estrin, Review by Lara Gedzelman Back before there were well-trodden inspirational routes laid out and outreach machines brought large groups of college kids/professionals/mothers/businessmen (name your cohort, but be sure that the group is curated to be as homogenous as possible), there were brave souls who created or opened Read more
Parshat Terumah 5778: To Dwell Among Us In this week’s parsha, God commands the nation: ועשו לי מקדש ושכנתי בתוכם – “Make for Me a Sanctuary – so that I may dwell among them” (Shemot 25:8). The people are inspired and contribute to the construction. The Psikta recounts an amazing occurrence. When the decree came Read more