In today’s ‘brave new world’ of coronasteria many husbands are finding themselves in familiar yet uncharted territory. Home. With their wives and kids. Day after day. All day. For some – like this introverted, homebody writer – it’s great. Finally, no beating myself up about not being one of those type ‘A’ go-getters. There’s nowhere Read more
'Open when you are', by Ben Ackerman is a spiritual, mystical allegory based on the Inner Torah view of reality. It's available in paperback https://www.amazon.com/product-reviews/1543263860 or in Kindle https://www.amazon.com/Open-When-You-Are-Ackerman-ebook/dp/B0752FWTZT .
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“Anything! Anything!!” Yumi banged on the table. Dovy rushed to right the wine bottle about topple from the concussive force. “The rocket has taken off,” he said to Jesse with a smile. “He can do absolutely anything!!” bellowed Yumi as he pushed his powder-blue shtreimel further back on his forehead and downed another shot of Read more
“I know this is a hard time for you all,” said the tall man with brown curly hair. “But if you just answer a few questions, I’ll be able to do a much better job eulogizing Carolyn tomorrow.” Confused looks. “Klarisa,” corrected Uncle Phillip. The tall man blushed as he glanced down at his clipboard. Read more
The ball was coming the boy’s way.
A husband and wife are one soul divided between two identities. But that split isn’t usually smooth and even – like a broken matzoh.
Was this how divorced guys felt?
The old haunts seem so hollow
As she absorbed his words through her veil of disinterest, it hit her how far apart they really were, how hopelessly irresponsible, self-absorbed and out of touch Strad had become.
They’d hardly walked through the door when a hoarse voice rang out. “Reggie, were you waiting for us all to die of thirst?
I would like to invite you to join me on a journey – the biweekly serialization of my novel, ‘Open When You Are – A Spiritual Allegory Based on the Inner-Torah View of Reality’.
A Serial Haiku Call to Spiritual Arms Darkness is a bluff, It seems like it’s forever, It’s gone in a wink. A tiny light bulb, Can light an amphitheater, So can your light too. Yoseph is a spark, Esav is a bale of hay, Doesn’t stand a chance. It’s easy to Read more
Wings, prayers and the cosmic comic conspiracy Lately at home we’ve been invaded by wings. Chicken wings, that is. It’s my fault. They’ve been on sale and I can’t resist a bargain. But beyond that, I just find them to be a good, easy-to-make food you can cook a million ways. My wife is less Read more
Strad’s feet cooled. He wasn’t the line-crashing type and, while a stiff drink would hit the spot, he wasn’t sure he was up to facing that intense old man.
Confessions of a soup-powder connoisseur
Recipes from Gabel’s table: Tu Bishvat cocktails When someone thinks about planting an apple tree, what does he see in his mind? The roots? No. The branches? Uh, uh. Not the leaves, unless maybe they’re especially beautiful. Not even the blossoms. He imagines the sweet, luscious homegrown fruit. This is interesting, because while the fruit Read more
Q. Can you tell us in a sentence about your book? And tell us why someone should choose to read it over the other gazillion books out there? A. It’s a deep, yet light and lively, sci-fi spiritual allegory based on the inner-Torah view of reality. I don’t think too many of the other ‘gazillion-minus-one’ Read more
(With apologies to John Lennon…wherever he is.) You aim for the frum and they say you’re too wild. At the same time the secular call you too mild. Are they really all wrong, or are you out of your tree? An Alt-Frum writer is something to be. You craft every sentence until it’s Read more
A Short Introduction by Rabbi Yom Tov Glaser Open When You Are takes you on an amazing ride. Its charismatic characters, humor, first-class writing, and flowing, twisting plot keep the pages turning; but that’s not what really makes this book amazing. What makes it so amazing is that in this novel, everything – from its story Read more
1 Strad was late. Really late. For his own party. And if he was keen to participate, like most civilized folk in a world where that kind of stuff mattered, maybe he’d just be…fashionably late. But to Strad, social convention was a bothersome fly. There were always so many intriguing things swirling around a Read more