Reviews

Seth Rogen’s sour pickle

August 30, 2020

What did Seth Rogen really say about Israel on Marc Maron’s podcast? Was it as bad as people say? I listened to the whole hour and a half. Plus a review of An American Pickle.

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Kaddish in 103,000 words

August 16, 2020

When my father died, I wondered if there was something personally meaningful I could do that could serve as an alternative to Kaddish. This is the story of the book that resulted.

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New kosher restaurants make dining out on Shabbat a mitzvah

September 1, 2019

A few weekends ago, my wife, Jody, and I ate out in a kosher restaurant open on Shabbat. In Jerusalem of all places.

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Sex and religion come together in new podcast

July 7, 2019

Sex and religion are two of my favorite topics. So when I heard about this new podcast, I knew I’d have to write about it. A review.

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Jews on a cruise

March 18, 2019

When Chetan met Tania, it was not exactly love at first sight. More like love at first rub.  Chetan (from Mumbai) and Tania (from Bangkok) were both working as massage therapists on the Regent Seven Seas Voyager cruise ship. They quickly fell for each other and will be getting married in July. It’s exactly the […]

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Playing the cancer card

July 23, 2018

All I wanted was a “free pass” – the ability to say to a client, “I’m going to need an extension on the deadline because, you know, cancer.”

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Finding the groove at Jacob’s Ladder

May 14, 2018

A pre-show “review” from last week’s Jacob’s Ladder indie, folk, country, blues and bluegrass festival at the Sea of Galilee.

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The TV club

March 20, 2018

A TV club is like a book club only less solitary. Our club is a mini-family for our group of immigrants. What should we watch next?

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What kind of God do you want to believe in?

June 20, 2017

The paradox of modern Jewish life is that, while many believe in a “transcendent” conception of God they long for an “immanent” kind of relationship.

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The women of Jacob’s Ladder: indie artists rock the Sea of Galilee

June 4, 2017

The 41st annual Jacob’s Ladder music festival was characterized by two surprises: the event’s first-ever thunderstorm and a standout preponderance of indie folk acts fronted by women.

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