December 12, 2018

Opinion

The morning I began to write this column, my son used the phrase, “Hello darkness, my old friend’’ while playing a video game.
Out in the world, we humans build palatial, splendid places of worship. Notre Dame, the Dome of the Rock, the Abuhav Synagogue in Tzfat;
Jewish rituals are very much about what we can’t do. We can’t eat on Yom Kippur, we can’t work on Shabbat, we can’t eat bread during...
Nothing makes me feel better than seeing Ethan smile. He glows when he sees me and I glow too. As I greet him, I can’t help but erupt...
The funeral for “America’s Pastor,” the Rev. Billy Graham, has been described as a continuation of the decades of his evangelical preaching.
As I was giving a talk for hundreds of people at a local Purim program last year, I was nearly booed off the stage by some elderly...
“Farrakhan has pulled the cover off the eyes of the Satanic Jew and I’m here to say your time is up, your world is through,” Louis...
This week, we found out once and for all that the dominant philosophy of the modern left — intersectionality — has no place for Jews.
I have a dear friend who feels nauseated anytime she hears the word “Trump.” It’s a physical reaction. She feels so disgusted by the man...
We are born unique, complex, imperfect. Into the universe of nature, often moral, often unjust. Into society, where we must sign a...
I’m one of those people who feel guilty reading a book twice. So it was with great surprise when my father told me, as we prepared to...
Recently, I had anterior cervical discectomy and fusion surgery done on my neck. Two of my discs were bulging so badly that they were...
I try to call my dad every day after I drop off the kids at school, a good way to fulfill the Fifth Commandment. I mention I’m going on a...
I remember the look on Rabbi Elazar Muskin’s face when I asked him if he could transform his very Ashkenazi synagogue, Young Israel of...
There’s a new mode of transportation in Venice, Calif. It’s called a Bird Scooter. For anyone who has a 3-year-old, these are...
I’ve never fancied myself a balabusta. For the past eight years, I’ve assumed this role, however, in my relationship with my husband...
Dating is hard. In my case, it is usually funny, sometimes painful and often pathetic. I’m Jewish and like being with a member of the tribe.
Amid the soul-searching that has followed the Florida shooting, there has been an implicit acknowledgement that there are in fact...
When push comes to shove, we often pick loyalty to a political party over loyalty to an idea or a truth. This is true whether we are...
Purim. It’s a story of good guys and bad guys, with a cast of characters that includes an inebriated king; a disobedient queen...
In the days following the Florida school shooting, all of the usual “guns are as American as apple pie” defenses came out as though...
“I get through every day by focusing totally on my work, to the point of distraction. And especially when milestones come up...
It was a typical evening. The kids were settled and I finally sat down to relax. Then the phone rang. It was a familiar number from...
How do I love Vashti? Let me count the ways. In case you aren’t familiar with this woman of the Bible, Vashti makes only a brief...
I was on the phone discussing a provocative story about the Jewish holiday of Purim when news of the Parkland, Fla., school...
In the aftermath of another horrible and heartbreaking mass shooting at an American school, the same political game took place that...
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