Given the events of this past weekend in Charlottesville, I decided to break into my queue.
After all, I lived there for 13 years. And, one of my finest accomplishments there (other than the birth of my two daughters and a slew of great products) was bringing life to the 150 year old synagogue there. Jeff Poelvoorde and I spent months convincing folks to come to a traditional Saturday morning service. And, with time, a wonderful Jewish community- shared lives, families, food- developed. And, continues there still some 3 decades later.
Continue reading It continues!
What are we to expect? We get up early, after reaching Krakow at nearly 1 AM. Not the time we expected, but with all the construction on the various arteries leading to the city from Frankfurt, less than surprising.
Continue reading Frankfurt to Auschwitz
Too many folks think fake news is a new phenomenon. It is not. The concept of fake news is almost always involved with the cancer of “otherism”. Otherism is a means whereby folks (and governments) blame the ills of society on someone else.
Continue reading Otherism
NOTE: I have had enough. I must speak out. NOW.
I have written before about my experiences as a child and young adult. (I also spoke about groups spewing hatred. Also here.) Where, despite living in Metropolitan New York, my neighborhood was 99.9% Catholic, Irish and Italian. And most of the kids went to Catholic school, where they were taught that the Jews killed Christ. And, my brother and I were explicitly taught that we were going to be the targets of their vengeance.
Continue reading Walks like a duck. Talks like a duck…
Today is one of my favorite holidays. Yes, we Jews have a slew of holidays. And, given we’ve just survived Snowzilla2016, thinking about this holiday really feels a bit bizarre.
Continue reading It’s still BS if you apologize AFTER your bias is proven
I have always been a fan of Will and Ariel Durant. I read what was then the 9 volume set before I graduated from junior high. (I finished the other two, newer, tomes comprising their entire History of Civilization when they were published in 1975.) These eminently readable books helped me learn history- more than I learned in school or from other books.
Continue reading Still?
I’ve written about prejudice and hate in the world (on my blog and other places such as Reflections of a Redhead). It’s something that is taught by parents to their children. It’s something that makes this world just a little tougher to survive.
Continue reading Memorial Day