Families, or: Efforts

An American sentence: Many families are united by the efforts of one member. 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 felt that removing… Continue reading Families, or: Efforts

Jewish blog v. Jewish blogger

Then v. Now In 2014, I began my journey into the blogosphere through the Times of Israel, writing about issues related to Israel and Judaism. Then, after my father died in 2018, I blogged at TOI throughout my year of Jewish mourning; and, following that, I launched The Skeptic's Kaddish here at WordPress. At first,… Continue reading Jewish blog v. Jewish blogger

One, or: Out of many

A haibun While I was growing up in the USA, my cousins, aunts, uncles, and grandparents on my mother's side of the family were all living in Israel. Still, as an only child whose father's family remained trapped in the USSR until it began falling apart in the late 1980's, my Israeli family was all… Continue reading One, or: Out of many

WordPress versus Facebook

Iโ€™ve long felt that it takes tougher skin than mine to surrender oneโ€™s name and face to a public discourse limited by inflamed emotions and finite keystrokes, but ideas of this era must take a stand online.-Me, Times of Israel, Nov. 2014 By November of 2014, I had already been effectively offline for several years.… Continue reading WordPress versus Facebook

1,000 – Thank You!

Friends, Initially, I intended not to mark this milestone for 'The Skeptic's Kaddish' publicly because... well... it rather feels to me like I'm flaunting this achievement. However, I have been seriously reconsidering this thinking because of my strong sense of community here on WordPress. I sincerely hope that none of you find this post to… Continue reading 1,000 – Thank You!