Archive for January 30, 2015

Archive

What Really Counts?

B”H “You don’t have to write much, just put something on the bio sheet so we can win.” Lou Weiss, the self-appointed deputy for Pittsburgh’s original Wexner class, was urging all the class members (whom he affectionately called “geezers”) to complete their forms before the reunion in April. The first city to complete all the bios would be eligible for a prize. In the late 1980s, when we participated in billionaire philanthropist Leslie Wexner’s elite, intensive course of Jewish learning,...

Miracles in My Kitchen

  BH My daughter Sara wanted to know if the young women could use my kitchen for their event, “Shabbos in an Hour.” “What do you need me to do for it?” I asked, half holding my breath. “Nothing,” she answered plainly. “Well, that works,” I smiled.  Of course, I knew the event would offer me a wonderful excuse to declutter my kitchen. There had to be a better place than my window sill for the hand sanitizer that hadn’t...

The Year of Magical Jews

BH “Did you hear about what’s happening in Paris?” I asked Andrea last Friday when she came to my house to help me get ready for Shabbos. “They don’t let you people alone!” she exclaimed with as much frustration as compassion. Andrea isn’t Jewish but has an extraordinary affinity for Jews, especially the ones in my family. “Don’t worry about us,” I proclaimed defiantly. “It’s not going to be this way for long.” The only way I get through these horrors...

A Hairy Situation

  BH This past week, our grandson had his upsherenesh, the first haircut for three-year-old boys, a cause for celebration in many Jewish communities, including Chabad’s. In one sitting, Izzy and Devorah’s son, Schneur Zalman, known as Shnay, was warmly welcomed into the world of male mitzvos; he now wears fringed tzitzis and a yarmulke on his newly shorn head, reminders that G-d is everywhere around him. By simply leaving peyot (Hebrew for earlocks), he has already fulfilled a Biblical...

Fixable Me

BH If you thought the timing of last year’s Thanksgivukkah was funny, you’ll appreciate that this New Year’s Day falls on the Tenth of Teves, the fast day commemorating the time when Nebuchadnezzar’s Babylonian army surrounded Jerusalem. This event began a 30-month-long military siege that ended with the destruction of the Holy Temple in 425 BCE. Okay, so it’s not so funny, but since they’re on the same day, there must be a connection. The Tenth of Teves is our...