“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
Of course it’s possible I’m crazy. / It’s also possible that sanity / Is what is killing us.
My dreams – strangled, my hopes – trampled / ensnared in shadows.
How can I refuse to act / when their existence hangs / like an autumn leaf on an oak?
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
What do we really know of our fellow Jew, behind the masks we all wear?
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
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
Be a clown Did you ever wonder how to actualize the real you? Did you ever wish you could express the true potential of your hidden inner self? Wearing a Purim costume could contain the secret of self-actualization: especially if you are a secret Oheiv Yisroel, who is too shy to show your true feelings Read more