Category Archives: More thoughts and musings

Thoughts about holidays, current news, daily life and learning,

Charlottesville and Skokie 2017

“Oh please, do you really think people are going to jump on the ol’ Nazi bandwagon?” “You don’t really think the Nazis could attract a following, do you?” “Remember, we didn’t think so last time.” “You must not have much … Continue reading

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Martin Luther King : Attention must be paid

This is a reprint of an article that appeared in this month’s JUF news. It speaks to me for today’s honoring of Dr Martin Luther King, Jr.  He shined the spotlight and made us all pay attention. We have to … Continue reading

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Toldot Revisited: Changing the narrative

Last week I wrote about Toldot, of course because that was the week’s parasha.  It was  all about Jacob and Esau and the situation that led to the brothers’ estrangement.  But although we have moved on in the Torah, the events … Continue reading

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Yizkor: A different kind of remembering

There are ways of remembering, and then there are ways of remembering.  Today was a Yizkor day – the last day of Pesach, and a day in which the morning service has in it the Yizkor service ….Yizkor, remembrance, like … Continue reading

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Newtown Connecticut

I have held a gun twice in my life. The first time was when I was a sixteen year old visitor to Israel.  We spent a week on an army base, and although it was against the rules, I posed … Continue reading

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Tisha B’Av: let the fast nourish something good

I know I’ve already posted for this week, and I also know I didn’t write anything about Tisha B’Av.  I wasn’t going to.  But I changed my mind. I’m ambivalent about Tisha B’Av.  I used to fast for this day.  … Continue reading

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Number our days….number those whom we remember

For so many of us, the number “Six Million” is burned into our heads from our earliest days.  It’s an unfathomable number, though projects like the Paper Clip Project tries to make it concrete for us. But the number of unfathomable … Continue reading

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