REBLOG: ‘The Persistence of Hate’ by Pankaj Kumar

Poem: Antisemitism, a vile and ancient hate That still persists in our modern age The Jewish people, subjected to discrimination Persecuted and oppressed throughout history Their culture and traditions, a source of inspiration Yet still, they face prejudice and intolerance. The Holocaust, a tragic example of intolerance Millions of lives lost, victims of hate The… Continue reading REBLOG: ‘The Persistence of Hate’ by Pankaj Kumar

Today’s Russians are like Jews in Nazi Germany?

"Denazify Ukraine"? You've all heard that Putin aims to "denazify" Ukraine, which is absurd on its face, given that Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskyy is Jewish himself and his grandfather lost three brothers in the Holocaust. However, let's put aside the absurdity of this argument for now. What I'd like to focus on is the other… Continue reading Today’s Russians are like Jews in Nazi Germany?

Sight, or: Sound

‘Beginning at the End’ – a d’Verse poetics prompt Epigraph: As if we could hear music inside the words.- Gail Newman The intervals between our letters are dependably constant. Our friendship forged for the ages. Our affection warm and lasting. Our love spanning vast oceans and generations. I write to you about the New York… Continue reading Sight, or: Sound


Some cultural aspects of Orthodox Judaism require a lot of explanation, which makes them challenging to write about with accuracy and general appeal both. Also, I am no authority on this subject and am sure to miss some pertinent points in any explanation that I offer. Nevertheless, I want to try, to the best of… Continue reading Disillusionment

The skeptic’s kaddish for the atheist, 42

Eleven months of kaddish recitations end for me on May 28 (Iyyar 23); I have been at the grind for ten months (10 ÷ 11 ≈ 91%). The grief is unabating. I remain shattered and scattered. Last summer, I couldn't bring myself to pour my endless despair out upon anyone. Having returned home to Jerusalem in July… Continue reading The skeptic’s kaddish for the atheist, 42

The skeptic’s kaddish for the atheist, 27

I am better rested. In my wife's and daughter's absence this week, I've permitted myself to sleep in. Instead of my regular 6:30 shacharit minyan, I've taken to attending the 8:30 minyan at a different shul. Two additional hours of daily sleep have been delicious. I've also had more time to simply sit, think, and… Continue reading The skeptic’s kaddish for the atheist, 27