Tuesday Apr 30, 2013
Something that’s fascinating to consider is that political perfume is often employed not to enhance a good scent, but to mask a vile one. In this case, I am referring to the media machinations of the 45th Vice President of the United States, of the man who served under President Bill Clinton and who fought in Vietnam; I am referring to the spin doctoring issued by Al Gore around a questionable profit he recently realized....
Tuesday Apr 23, 2013
Recently, a dear friend tsk-tsked me and wondered, a loud, why I wasn’t more aware of an “epidemic” that has hit our shared demographic. She was pointing to the advent of midlife marital discord.
I shrugged and suggested that I keep my eyes inside of my own tent and that inside of my own tent happiness necessarily stems from gratitude. All that was and all that remains in my power to impact is to be grateful...
Tuesday Apr 16, 2013
There were two expert trombone players. Both found seats in major European orchestras. However, one boasted that her placement was due to her arduous years of practice and self-sacrifice. The other gave over that her professional good luck was based on the kindness of Hashem. Both were, by the same token, accomplished musicians. Yet, only one was correct in her assessment of the source of her worldly success.
While most of...
Tuesday Apr 09, 2013
On Chanukah, according to the ways and means of the study house of the master teacher, Hillel, we count up, i.e. we add a candle each night. During Sefirat HaOmer, too, we add to our (inner) light. Rather than counting down, i.e. rather than subtracting, as is the worldly custom when commemorating big events, such as when marking the beginning of the secular calendar year, or such as when signaling the beginning of a foot race, we Jews...
Thursday Mar 21, 2013
It’s Nissan; it’s time to clean. Chametz of both the physical and spiritual sorts need to be located, isolated, and destroyed. In some ways, that task must be completed before the search for chametz, and its related nullification, Kol Chamira, take place. In other ways, that task is a life’s work and necessarily will continue, IYH, for decades to come.
Consider that after all, it’s much easier to feed crumbs to the...