Monthly Archives: February 2013

11 posts

The Daily Show – Fighting for a traditional Purim

The story starts here, with a NY state assemblyman from Brooklyn, Dov Hikind dressed in black face as a basketball player at a Purim party. Now watch this. The Daily Show with Jon StewartGet More: Daily Show Full Episodes,Political Humor & Satire Blog,The Daily Show on Facebook  

Rhetorical Aside

Rhetorical Aside Warning: This is not a statement about the current immigration debate in the US. This is a statement about rhetoric and the use of language. I have often heard people say “we shouldn’t use the term ‘illegal alien’ because there are no other instances where we label the person as ‘illegal’ rather than the action.” Not true. Two examples immediately come to mind: thief (“illegal taker of things”) and murderer (“illegal taker of […]

A.B. Yehoshua (Haaretz)

Does one have to be in ‘Eretz Yisrael to be a “real Jew”? (And what does Esther have to do with it?)

  Tablet Magazine – A.B. Yehoshua Calls American Jews “Partial Jews” A collection of American students shrug him off By Tal Kra-Oz|February 19, 2013 12:31 PM| Sunday afternoon at an auditorium in Jerusalem, A.B. Yehoshua, one of Israel’s most famous novelists, walked up to the podium, smiled at the several hundred young Americans in the audience and said, “I’m happy to see so many Americans here. I hope you all become Israelis and don’t return […]

It’s just a hat

But not any more. This picture of Mack was taken shortly after Christmas 2011. You can read more about the studio session on my PhotoBlog. That fall I had purchased this silly little gray fedora from Target. I am a practical person and my head gets cold in the winter, but I am vain so I wanted something other than a stocking cap to wear when in a suit and tie. For whatever reason Mack […]

Kushner on Job

In the comments of another post a few people asked about the value of Rabbi Kushner’s When Bad Things Happen to Good People. His position can, in many ways, be summed up in his assessment of how we read and respond to Job. If God is a God of justice and not of power, then He can still be on our side when bad things happen to us. … Our question will not be Job’s question, “God, […]

Bluetooth Keyboard and iOS

This was originally published on May 4, 2011. In a discussion with my brother about the Surface Pro I made reference to this post. In almost two years this is still how I use my iPad on the road. I like it and it is useful. That being said, two years is a LONG time in the world of technology and we still don’t have basic Mail key commands? C’mon Apple. _____________________________________ I have written many […]

Nothing to say, nothing to do

It has been over 5 weeks since Mack passed and while I have posted about one or two other items besides our grief I think you can understand why it is a topic that will be with us for a while. Perhaps the hardest aspect of grieving is that there is nothing to do about the situation. I cannot speak for anyone else, but I am used to problems or circumstances where there is at […]

The Buckets by Greg Cravens

Quick Grading Poll

This comic was from yesterday and coincidentally, before I saw this comic, a similar discussion came up with my students. I could not find an easy WordPress plugin for polling so we will just have to use the comments, but I want to ask, what view do you have about grading? The question is, do you start with this teacher’s position that students start with “a clean slate” and they earn their marks? Or do […]

Grieve not, unless you you have something to grieve about.

One of the many books on grieving that have been sent to us is a slim little volume Good Grief by Granger Westberg. It is an excellent, brief summary of the various stages of grief that most of us go through, with particular emphasis upon the role of faith in grieving. He also makes the valuable point that we often grieve for a variety of reasons, not just the death of a loved one. The loss […]