The Baby Jesus, or: Yeshu haTinok

An American sentence: If Christ was born on Christmas, his circumcision was held on New Year's. What's an 'American Sentence'? Allen Ginsberg, inventor of the American Sentence, felt that the haiku didn’t work as well in English. Ginsberg decided to remove the line structure of the haiku, maintaining the requirement of 17 syllables total. He… Continue reading The Baby Jesus, or: Yeshu haTinok

No more tears, or: (Enough is enough)

Freezing at night, thawing during the day, enough to, well , I don't know, don't know, don't know , but the pressure changes were something awful, causing the tears to flow up through my trunk , into my limbs and throat so , , well,,, , I bought a stainless steel spile and brand new… Continue reading No more tears, or: (Enough is enough)

The best hamburger of my lifetime

Hamburgers with Papa One of my fondest recollections of Papa is his love of unhealthy food. This was one of the perks of having Papa pick me up from various afterschool activities and friends' houses - one could never know if he might be in the mood for hamburgers. Come to think of it, Papa… Continue reading The best hamburger of my lifetime

Today Papa did not turn 73

Today is Papa's birthday. In Jewish tradition, we tend to commemorate the dates (on the Hebrew calendar) of our loved ones' deaths, rather than their birthdays. Same goes for historic figures like our Jewish sages of the many centuries. Generally, as somebody who deeply appreciates and respects his people's traditions, I tend to think of… Continue reading Today Papa did not turn 73