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Peter Himmelman

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True Unity, True Love

With just a few Facebook messages and some phone calls, tens of thousands of Jews marched together in New York City on Jan. 5...

A Sister’s Sudden Death, Then a Cavernous Void

My sister Susie, her husband, Peter, and two of their kids had been driving home from Camp Ramah in 2002 in their Toyota minivan....

Meet Ezra Schwartz

Meet Ezra Schwartz.

Unrelenting Gore

I’m jumping in to share my thoughts on the issue of whether it’s right for people to spread horrific images on Facebook. There’s no...

The 1937 game

I was a peculiar kid, no question about it. One of the stranger games I used to play in junior high was called 1937. The...

Metaphors from the Ghetto

For the audio of Peter Himmelman acting as the fictional Rabbi Mordechai Grossfeller click <a href="https://soundcloud.com/peter-himmelman/peter-himmelman-as-rabbi " target="_blank">here.   My name is Rabbi Mordechai Grossfeller and...

Dogs, The Amygdala, and Marv

Creativity isn't a skill. It isn't a tool to be marketed or capitalized upon, although it's often highly prized. Think of it like breathing...

Marv Needs a Coffee Break

I never attended Columbia, Stanford or Yale; hell, I never even attended college, not even for a day. Imagine how many times I’ve been...

Dreamators Ltd. (the movie crew in our minds)

The stories we tell ourselves to deflect from doing the things we dream of doing are wonderfully written. They’ve got nuance, detail and incredible...

25 Rules For The Creative

1 - Feel, don't intellectualize 2 - Don't try to be good- just be 3 - The goal is to finish within the form 4 - It...

The Milky Way and the Tiny Piece of Grass

Imagine that our boundless joy, the kind we get when we’re walking around with the sense that our lives are full of endless possibilities...

Drawing Glirchville (Why Do We Create?)

Why do we humans have such a strong need to create? Might identifying that need help us when we’re having trouble making a dream...

Funkytown Plays Hard

In 1979 there was a revolutionary new song out called Funkytown by a band called, Lipps Inc.. The damn thing was everywhere; on the...

Earring

October 1978.  Hopkins, Minnesota. Today I’m going to do something dangerous. I’ll drive to Ridgedale. I’ll walk into Now and Then and ask to have...

An Organization Dedicated To Failure

About four years ago, just after I was… dare I say it, “replaced” from a job as a composer on a major network television...

Iced Tea, Mastery and the Plight of the Internal Editor

This question comes from Alan Roscoe of Olympia, Washington and it addresses a fundamental challenge of being human. “Lately, every time I start something new,...

When The elders Ask You To Sing

When people think of creativity or creative people they usually think of painters and dancers, writers, and actors – people who make things for...

Legal & Inspiring Thievery 101

I got this question from Loretta Ruiz of Tempe, Arizona and it got me thinking about how far we need to go to stretch...

Reflections on the Fast of the Ninth of Av

Today is the fast of the 9th of Av. I’m not gonna explain it for you if you don’t know what it is -...

A Perspective Large Enough to Swallow Our Own

A year ago I received a letter from a distraught man. He had every reason to be: his wife (“she really loves your music…”)...

Wildebeests, Will, And The Specificity Of Need

Here’s a question from Melanie R. of Baltimore, Maryland: “Dear Big Muse what’s the best way to actually finish something? I walk around with...

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A Moment in Time: How is this Passover Different from all other Passovers?

Dear all, This year at Seder, the question is not, “How is this night different from all other nights?” Rather, the question is, “How is...

7 No-Cost Decorating Tricks For Your Quarantined Home

Now that we’re all spending so much time inside during shelter in place orders, we might as well spruce up our homes a little...

Spread Kindness With a Toilet Paper Bouquet

This week, I wanted to check on an elderly neighbor to see if she needed anything, so I left her this bouquet with a...

Hamas Leader Threatens to ‘Stop the Breathing of 6 Million Israelis’ If Gaza Doesn’t Get Ventilators

Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar threatened to kill millions of Israelis if the Gaza Strip doesn’t receive ventilators to combat the coronavirus. The Times of Israel...

An Unwanted Symptom of the Coronavirus Crisis in France: Anti-Semitic Conspiracy Theories

(JTA) — Anti-Semitism has plagued French society for centuries, flaring up in times of crisis — especially during epidemics. In the 14th century, for instance,...
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