Archive for October 29, 2015

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A Trick Worth Trying

BH When people ask me how long I’ve lived in Pittsburgh, I usually answer, “since my grandmother was born.” I live around the corner from where I grew up and from where my mother grew up. People always told me I was really lucky for that, but I never felt especially “lucky”–it was all I ever knew. But somehow I’m starting to appreciate my neighborhood more every year, maybe because I’m grateful there are so many memories layered in one...

Hold That Thought

BH The only reason I can admit that I do this is that some of my family members have admitted they do it, too. When something annoying happens to me, an indignant voice inside my brain scrambles automatically to figure out whose fault it was. You know how it goes. I tripped because HE was rushing me, because SHE left her shoes on the floor. It’s predictable, almost laughable (unless of course, what happened wasn’t even remotely funny). Either way–and it...

What’s Really Going On?

BH I’m getting so much information about the terror in Israel, mostly via Facebook, that it’s hard to know what’s really going on. I watch a video and I wonder, who’s doing the filming? What does that person want me to see, to know, to believe? In these painful and confusing times, it’s more important than ever for me to maintain a perspective that does not depend on biased information. The perspective I try to maintain is that of the...

Why I Love Yizkor

B”H “Where were your grandparents from?” Chaya asked within minutes of meeting me at the Tzemach Tzedek shul in Jerusalem’s Old City on Simchas Torah. These kinds of questions are part of the unique game of Jewish geography that can only be played in Israel, especially Jerusalem. Because so many people want to share their stories there, you can become BFFs with someone in minutes. “I only know that my father’s father came from a shtetl near Minsk. “ I answered...