Yesterday, a high school in Parkland, Florida was the latest location of America’s gun problem. Sure, we can be more specific and call it a horrific school shooting that resulted in the deaths of 17 people, but do the details matter at this point? I could be writing this a day from now, a month … [Read more…]
The tale of Hanukkah is a simple one: a righteous man and his family, the Maccabees, stand up to their oppressors and are rewarded with a relatively minor miracle, that of the oil needed to maintain the reclaimed synagogue’s eternal light lasting not one day but eight. Every year, usually in December, we gather with … [Read more…]
Ah, yes, the holiday season is here and in full swing! And while most of America is busy decorating their trees and hanging stockings and maxing out their credit cards on presents they can’t afford, there are a few of us who don’t celebrate in quite the same way. Being in the Bible Belt, there … [Read more…]
No, I won’t step out of the picture. At a recent family gathering, my undeniably adorable child and I were playing on the ground. She was shredding the petals off a flower, like you do, and I was talking to her about the pieces she was attacking and what colors they each were when I … [Read more…]
Last year, I received an advanced reader copy (ARC) of The Tao of Bill Murray by Gavin Edwards, marketed as an epic collection of Bill Murray stories. In exchange for a truthful review, the publisher sent me the polished manuscript, not quite finalized but assumed to be pretty close to what would be published a few months later in September 2016.
As a Bill Murray fan, I was excited to learn more about this somewhat mysterious celebrity and glean what wisdom he has to offer. But I never made it past the introduction.
I’ve always known that Jews are easy targets, that we are often unwanted, misunderstood or actively hated. I’ve known it since the third grade when the boy I considered my best friend told me that Nazis were going to kill me, even though I had blue eyes, because I was Jewish. I still don’t know … [Read more…]