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A cartoon that once appeared in the New Yorker pictures a man saying to his therapist, “But I love the past, I grew up there!”   How true that is. Let’s face it, as Rhode … more
This week’s Torah portion has an odd name. It is called “Ekev,” a word that in Hebrew means “Because.” Like all of the Torah portions,   Ekev gets its name … more
Our portion this Shabbat is named after Aaron’s grandson, Pinchas, who defended God’s honor in the previous portion, and was promised that the Priestly Dynasty would remain in this family … more
In April , I had the pleasure of seeing the Arctic Playhouse’s production of “The 39 Steps” (my spouse, Annie, was in the cast), a comedy based on Alfred Hitchcock’s 1935 … more
Monday and Tuesday, May 8-9, brings one of the oddest holidays of the Jewish year. Lots of people can tell you that Lag B’Omer is the 33rd day of the counting of the omer (didn’t you … more
The festival of Passover is known by two names. Our sages called it “the time of our freedom,” because it is our celebration for God gifting us our exodus from Mizraim (Egypt). Of course, … more
It was either a brilliant editorial decision or just a wonderful coincidence that this issue of Jewish Rhode Island, dedicated to Home and Garden, coincides with the Torah portion of … more
June 1967 Dear Mom and Dad, Camp is FABULOUS! Actually, my amazing journey started before I even got here. The plane from San Antonio made a stop in New Orleans and blew a tire while … more
Vayekhi is the last parashah of the book of Genesis. Genesis, as we all know, begins with the creation of the universe and culminates with the creation of human beings. By the time the book of … more
The Torah portion Vayetze describes Jacob’s vision of a ladder stretching between heaven and Earth: “He dreamed, and lo – a stairway was set on the ground with its top reaching to … more
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