Archive for August 26, 2016

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4 Things My Scale Taught Me about G-d

B”H The other day, when my foot accidentally touched someone’s electronic scale, I recoiled like I’d just stepped on a hot coal. A few zeroes passed over the digital screen. I instantly averted my eyes: Pay no attention to these numbers. Why did I respond like that to such a harmless experience? I know that everything in the physical world has a spiritual corollary and contains a lesson for me in how to serve G-d. The lesson can be big...

Family Politics

B”H It wasn’t as bad as finding out that the Unabomber was in our mishpocha, but some family members were definitely disturbed. The Jewish Journal had disclosed the ancestry of a political wunderkind making news today. And now, everyone who sees this article will know that Stephen Miller, who is said to be the Jewish brains behind Donald Trump’s campaign, is part of the Glosser family from Johnstown, Pennsylvania. He’s my husband’s second cousin, once removed. Why am I sharing this information...

Why People Hate G-d

B”H “I know you don’t agree with me but I feel religion is one of the biggest dividers of all mankind.  Isis feels they are acting in the name of G-d, as did the Christian Crusaders.”   Our old friend Bob’s email made me smile. It reminded me of my late father, who insisted that religion was bad for the world because it caused all the wars. I tried for years to convince my father otherwise (unsuccessfully, of course), but now I...

Tuesdays on Murray

BH It’s almost twenty years that I have been going out with Mrs. Miriam Rosenblum “on mivtzoyim.” Tuesday is my day to pick her up, along with her wooden chair, Jewish brochures, and trusty poster board, to take to the streets. Well, not exactly. We have a regular spot on Pittsburgh’s Murray Avenue for mivtzoyim (“campaigns”), the Rebbe’s initiative to encourage Jews and non-Jews to do mitzvos. (Mivtza and mitzvah sound similar, but the first is a campaign, the second is a...