This barn will have to do

Father McClatchy! The clock is turning widdershins! What? Already? Damn it! We won't reach the church in time, Brother. There's nothing for it but to set our seal here; this barn will have to do. Quickly - set the blessed wisteria candle on that crate and light the wick! I'll paint the runes! Yes, Father!… Continue reading This barn will have to do

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 didnโ€™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

The heartwarming house sale

Home alone For Mama, everything changed dramatically [following Papa's death]. Where would she live? What would she do with the rest of her life? Whom would she do it with? Clearly, she still had to sell her too large house, but thenโ€“ what?-Me, 'When the rabbiโ€™s wife died', Nov. 27th, 2020 Following my Papa's death ~2.5 years ago,… Continue reading The heartwarming house sale

The “synagogue of Satan”

A story of a much younger me. Memories of the exuberance of my first year of college stay with me. I remember how exciting it was to sit down with a new friend at a cafรฉ right across the street from our dormitory. How adult we thought ourselves, as we ordered our chai lattes (that… Continue reading The “synagogue of Satan”