Archive for July 30, 2015

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Fame Is Relative–The Sequel

BH I figure, if it works for Hollywood, it can work for me, too. Why not make the most of a good story? Of course, unlike blockbuster-minded Hollywood, I try to remember this blog is about reaching “the one.” But it’s still gratifying when I see lots of “ones,” like I saw last week. It’s even more gratifying when “ones” take the time to comment. And still more gratifying when I hear from someone totally unexpected, like Frani. Frani was...

What I Learned from My Famous Relative

BH The woman was sitting on the curb outside the car wash, talking on her cell phone. Elkie was sure we had the right person. “Maya?” I asked. “One second,” she said to the person on the phone. She looked up at me, slightly annoyed by the interruption. “I’m Lieba Rudolph, Billy’s wife,” I announced with a smile. “I gotta go. I just met someone from my family.” I was happy she was so excited. With her identity confirmed, our daughter...

Why I Think About Death a Lot

BH My friend Amy asked me recently why I was obsessed with death. I laughed at the time but I wasn’t embarrassed. She’s right. It goes way back, I’m sure, but at this point, I’m not “obsessed.” I do try to be mindful that I really am on “a mission from G-d,” and that one of two things will inevitably happen: A) gulp, my mission will end, at which time I want my soul to be pleased when it gives its...

Let’s Talk About Love

B”H It wasn’t a day for a barbecue and it wasn’t a day for shopping. A week ago Sunday was the Seventeenth of Tammuz, the fast day beginning the Jewish mourning period known as the Three Weeks. This period is an ideal time to show kindness towards another Jew, any Jew. Because it is through ahavas chinam (baseless love) towards all Jews that we correct our collective spiritual malady, the un-G-dly feeling of dislike among Jews that caused the Holy Temple’s destruction...

Beyond the Rainbow

BH Our youngest son Sholom peered over my shoulder as I began writing this post. “Don’t do it,” he cautioned as soon as he saw the word “rainbow.” “Just let me try,” I insisted. “We’ll see where it goes.” So here goes: I started writing this blog a year and a half ago, when I seized an opportunity to demystify Torah/Chabad life by sharing my journey from  cultural Judaism to observant Judaism. It was born in response to the Pew...