Posts Tagged ‘mitzvah’

April 4th, 2016 - 9:49 am § in Jews, Misc.

Bernie Sanders … “Being Jewish is so much of what I am.”

Having a President who did not claim to base her or his decisions on Christian bible would be a great thrill for me. For the record, I am a supporter of Bernie.  I am excited by his efforts to recreate the Democratic Party as a local  movement.  Without that kind of revolution, the Dems have no[...]

December 25th, 2014 - 12:14 pm § in America

Yet Another Mitzvah in The Spirit of Christmas

Eric Garner’s Daughter Lays Wreath on Memorial for Slain NY Officers Emerald Garner said that she was moved after reading 13-year-old Jaden Ramos’ Facebook expressing grief over the loss of his father.|By Stephen A. Crockett Jr.[...]

December 17th, 2014 - 10:20 am § in America, Jews

Another Mitzvah in the spirit of Christmas

 This is a wonderful mitzvah  Naomi Feil, a Jewish woman, singing  Christian hymns for a woman with Alzheimers.  Gladys.  Gladys is unable to speak and must have very fragmented memories but her religion remains core Gladys identity. . When Naomi  sings about Jesus and embraces Gladys the two [...]

December 16th, 2014 - 11:10 am § in The Ave Scene

A Mitzvah in The Spirit of Christmas

Geov’s birthday wish (from his blog) Today I turn 55! These round-numbered birthdays don’t come around very often, and I’m never sure whether I’m going to get another one. A lot has changed since my last one five years ago, when some dear friends used the occasion to organize a roast tha[...]

November 13th, 2013 - 11:25 am § in Misc.

Should Justice Breyer have to “come out?”

Recently, Justice Stephen Breyer seemed to mention that he has no religious affiliation.  Breyer. like most Jewish people  grew up in a Jewish household that did not observe the faith strictly. His daughter, Chloe Breyer, is an Episcopal priest.  Judaism itself, unlike Islam and Christianity ha[...]

November 7th, 2013 - 12:33 pm § in Jews, Misc.

What Buddhism Teaches About Mitzvot

Ed. Central to Judaism is the idea of “mitzvah.” Mitzvah is one of those words that do not translate well. It can mean law, good deed, and religious obligation all at the same time. Moreover, in Judaism, the mitzvot (plural) are themselves eternal, not so much mandated by God, but like G[...]

October 30th, 2013 - 10:07 am § in Uncategorized

Buchenwald I: Segregation in Hell

I just returned from Brandeis where we discussed my Dad’s collection of WW II photographs.  He actually arrived in the camp as the commanding officer of a US Army medical group dispatched by Eisenhower to go wherever my father felt the need was greatest.  The Americans had come to the beech [...]

September 16th, 2013 - 12:15 am § in Hypocrisy, Religion

A Message from Einstein For My Brother:

 Are you a Jew? Hugh, You wrote a pretty nasty email about Jewish atheists.  You were especially mean spirited by attacking my role  when Havi and Hillel, my own children, were first called to  read the Jewish law, the Torah,.  Your daughter will, as I understand, do the same thing next month.[...]

July 26th, 2012 - 9:43 am § in America


Last year I visited this same place.  I was in Ann Arbor to celebrate a bat mitzvah but spent as much free time as  coud “seeing Detroit.” In the past, the death of an American city  have beem translated into iconic works by Capa, Smith, Frank, or their modern equivalents working for [...]

December 27th, 2011 - 10:01 am § in America, Jews

A Japanese Review of a Jewish Movie

from The Japan Time By KAORI SHOJI If you thought being Japanese is hard work, try the Jewish life for a taste of something gut-wrenching — or so implies “A Serious Man,” created by brothers Joel and Ethan Coen. A Serious Man Rating: (4 out of 5) Glutton for punishment: Michael Stuhlba[...]