In English, the words ‘make’ and ‘earn’ are synonyms: “How much does he make?” = “How much does he earn?” In Lashon Ha-Kodesh, the word ‘make’- ‘Aseh’ is synonymous, not with ‘earn’, but with ‘do’. We don’t ‘earn’ our livelihood; objectively we deserve nothing. Rather, we do what we can, we make an effort-hishtadlus, and Read more
In other words: they got jealous.
Why couldn’t they be named Richard?
I always have trouble this time of year. We’re in the infamous ‘nine days’, Tisha b’Av is around the corner. I know it’s a time of mourning, and as a Jew with a long-eyed view of history, I know there’s plenty to mourn about. That’s not the problem. My temperament’s not the problem either. Melancholia Read more
“Wait, Sender, don’t touch!”
You are responsible for your rose…
It was happening again. Again I’d found myself in a group social setting and again was suffering from Overunder Syndrome (OUS). For those of you unfamiliar with this condition (and for those of you who are, but in undiagnosed form), I’ll explain. Whenever necessity or circumstance sequesters me together for any appreciable length of Read more
It feels funny telling people that Lag b’Omer is my favorite holiday. I mean, officially it’s not even a holiday at all. It has no ‘halachos’, other than not saying tachanun, and it doesn’t even have the traditional signature foods that give the Yomim Tovim so much flavor. But, what can I say? There’s just Read more
I see groups of friends gathered over four cups of wine, matzah, and simple food, talking about what is oppressing us and brainstorming about how to counter it.