Archive for September 18, 2014

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Who’s That Knocking on My Door?

B”H “Hello, Mrs. Rudolph!” the smiling man greets me as I answer the front door. I have just gotten up from dinner in response to the familiar sequence of events; first the doorbell, two second pause, then a knock on the door followed by an immediate rap on the window. I know my salad will get soggy but I have trained myself not to care. “Hello,” I answer with a little less enthusiasm than his. (An interruption is still an...

Tuesdays with Miriam

BH “Excuse me, are you Jewish?” the girl asked. “That’s none of your business,” I snarled as I kept walking. I have a vague memory of this exchange while I was at the University of Michigan in the early 1970’s. I know the school’s Chabad House existed then, so it’s entirely possible that someone actually approached me with this exact question. And my answer surely would have been an abrupt one. I was definitely looking for G-d in college, but...

Do We Have a Spiritual Bucket List?

B”H If youth is wasted on the young, is it possible that life is wasted on the living? Whether we have a “good” life, or even just a long life, sooner or later, it’s over. Historically speaking, people are dead for much longer than they’re alive, yet most people don’t like to think about what happens when they die. Or at least talk about it. Can we talk? Say what you want about organized religion (no, please don’t), one of...