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The Turkey Prince

“These are the things that people eat the fruit of in this world but the principle remains for the world to come, and these are them: honoring one’s father and mother, acts of loving kindness, attending a Beit Midrash morning and evening, hospitality to strangers, visiting the sick, welcoming a bride, attending to the dead, devoted prayer and making peace between two people, but the study of Torah is equal to them all.” [Based on Shabbat 127a] Read more

On Gefilte Fish and Hamentashen

Some time ago, in what seems already like a long-past lifetime, I was hurt by someone I knew, someone I cared about, and who I thought cared about me. I felt betrayed and embarrassed, I was sad and angry – my being ran the gamut of expected emotions in response to this act.

And my gut told me to respond. To get back. To get even. I wanted her to feel the pain that I had felt. I wanted to bring her down to my level. Read more

This is What Redemption Looks Like

Sitting in a room, in the most unlikely of places, I look up at the six people staring at me. They want answers, they want to understand, they seek perspective.

I give it all to them. An hour meeting. I’ve sweat through my undershirt. But I’ve also made sense of the questions. I’ve proven myself to an unsuspecting audience. I’ve taught and inspired and moved them all, with humility and respect and awe for the process.

The phone rings. I answer. They make me an offer. Read more

My Nanny

Nanny,

You once told a story, you always told the story, never stopped telling the story, of that model airplane. The little model airplane, that you did not understand. I came over, and in the accute brilliance of a four year old, pieced the whole thing together. You were amazed, now I am as well.

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