Category Archives: סיפורים קצרים

You got a call… ויקרא

It’s Sunday morning and I’m invited to a breakfast where dear friends are the honorees of the FHBA. In my rush to get out (especially with the time change), I didn’t read the fine print to learn more about “HFBA”. … Continue reading

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Closing Beresheet – the Torah portion of Vayechi

The editor of the Talmud chose to place Tractate Chulin, literally meaning mundane, ordinary, inside the order of Kodashim, holy matters, which might have been his very (very!) subtle way of telling us how the two remain an inseparable part … Continue reading

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My Mom: 10 year later, I wonder

When my mom was my age, I took my backpack and went on a year long trip around the world from which I’m still trying to figure out how to get back… what was she thinking? Travel – in that … Continue reading

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The Granddaughter of Doctor Doolittle

I am a granddaughter of a vet, so in our family, it was always very clear: animals live outside, people live inside. My childhood memories have lots of cats, mitzi and kfitzi and the like, all running through the streets … Continue reading

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The Liberation of Auschwitz – 71 years later

In honor of the 71st anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz tomorrow, January 27, I’ve asked – and am honored – to share this amazing story: Shabbat B’shalach and the Liberation of Auschwitz by Patrick Pinchas Feigelson Having lived a … Continue reading

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Two shorts on life (Vayechi) and a page from the Journal of…

My friends and I. For decades now we meet in each others homes, wherever those are, share food and drink and stories from our days. In good Israeli fashion, the conversation often ends with a deep sigh and a yihye … Continue reading

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Now my mom, that’s a whole different story

After caring for my father for four years, she only wanted one thing: when the time comes, to drop dead, without prolonged suffering for herself and those around her. She would run into an acquaintance in the street and they’d … Continue reading

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Shabbat Shira, Shabbat Shalom

When people would approach Abraham Joshua Heschel and ask, how to start “doing more Jewish”, he would say, light Shabbat candles. This was just one the moving anecdotes shared by his daughter, Susana Heschel, a professor of Jewish Studies in … Continue reading

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Had my father been alive… (גם בעברית, אחרי התמונות)

Had my father been alive, today would have been his 95th birthday. Because of the magic of the calendar (95 being 19X5), this is both his Gregorian and Hebrew day: January 6th, the full moon of the month of Tevet. … Continue reading

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Oakland

Oakland, the evening after Ferguson; Oakland after Michael Brown; Oakland after Trayvon Martin; Oakland after Oscar Grant; Oakland after the Super Bowl of 2003. And that of 2009. My son and I take Zoe, our golden-lab for a walk and … Continue reading

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