Archive for May 28, 2015

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G-d Is in the Google

B”H I admit it, sometimes I Google myself. And this week was a very good time for me to do it. My recent post about death and purpose on Chabad.org is circulating on the web sites of Chabad organizations all over the globe. Googling my name yielded  27 pages, with most entries actually featuring “Lieba” and “Rudolph” together. I was searching the pages for an article I wrote many years ago for the L’Chaim weekly Jewish publication. I saw the piece...

Religion Is a Crutch (and Other Things I Thought)

BH If I had a dime for every time someone asked me, “what’s Shavuos?” I would probably have almost enough money to buy a cheesecake, the food most associated with the holiday. Shavuos gets forgotten a lot, but it’s the holiday that celebrates G-d giving us the Torah (including the dietary laws, which is one reason why we typically eat a dairy meal). In essence, it’s the day heaven and earth got married. G-d and I “got married” relatively late...

A Post about Nothing

BH I remember taking my first and only blogging course. My teacher told me if I had nothing to write about, I should write about nothing. I kept the thought in the back of my mind as a last resort, but realized that this blog has evolved to be a blog about something. Every week. There are challenges to weekly writing. That’s why, lately anyway, every Thursday before I post my blog, I send a letter to the resting place...

Will I Ever Say It Right?

B”H I tried saying it effortlessly, like I’d been saying it all my life. “We’re going to New York for the Lag B’Omer parade,” I announced to my parents twenty-seven years ago. I figured, my parents knew what New York and parade were, maybe they would just let the Lag B’Omer part slide. Because if they asked me what Lag B’Omer was, my answer was weak and artificial. Less than one year earlier, a “log” was something you put in...