Urban scarecrows, or: White plankton

'Neither Snow' by Billy Collins When all of a sudden the city air filled with snow, the distinguishable flakes blowing sideways, looked like krill fleeing the maw of an advancing whale. At least they looked that way to me from the taxi window, and since I happened to be sitting that fading Sunday afternoon in… Continue reading Urban scarecrows, or: White plankton

Supporting belief in the tooth fairy

The tooth fairy Our 6ยฝ-year-old daughter believes in the tooth fairy, despite the fact that I've casually mentioned to her that goblins, gnomes, witches, fairies, dwarves, dragons, etc. are all imaginary, mythical creatures. She completely understands all of this, but for some reason, the tooth fairy seems to fall into a separate category in her… Continue reading Supporting belief in the tooth fairy

Thank you, or: Special

A Panegyric Poem Thirty pairs of little eyes searching for you daily, Every morning, smiling, you welcome them gaily, Concerned enough to hold heart-to-hearts with each, Encouraging them, teaching - nothing's out of reach. Your classroom atmosphere's of kind, loving respect, Assuring young hearts, learning, yearning to connect. Their parents, confident in your wise, gentle… Continue reading Thank you, or: Special

My daughter’s English

I'm totally boasting My daughter now reads pages of Pippi Longstocking in English (which my amazing mother brought her from the USA) that I have not yet read to her. And when I read to her from this book, she likes to take over and read parts of it herself - parts that she is… Continue reading My daughter’s English

First impressions of first grade

Today in the stairwell of our apartment building, our upstairs neighbors asked our six-year-old daughter if she's feeling excited about going into first grade next week. She responded, "Yes, I am, but my father is even more excited." Now, subtlety was never my strong suit, but, to be fair, my wife is also very excited.… Continue reading First impressions of first grade

School WhatsApp groups: fathers not wanted?

A haibun Last week, my wife was added to a Whatsapp group called 'Welcome to first grade', but I was not. I should not have been surprised, I suppose, because just two years ago, when our daughter was entering her preschool-kindergarten program, this same thing happened. Of course, I admit that I was not particularly… Continue reading School WhatsApp groups: fathers not wanted?

The recent rise in coronavirus cases across Israel

The requirement to wear a mask indoors will be restored next week, as Thursday marked the fourth day in a row that the country registered over 100 new daily cases and the new outbreaks spread to several more municipalities...-Rossella Tercatin, The Jerusalem Post The centers of the new outbreak have been several schools... As of… Continue reading The recent rise in coronavirus cases across Israel

Empowered Judaism – the opportunity

Why "redemptive"? My wife tells me that I should calm down regarding the school that our daughter will be attending next year. I'm trying to, but I won't be able to get this out of my system unless I hash out my thoughts in writing. This isn't easy for me to write about succinctly because… Continue reading Empowered Judaism – the opportunity