Tradition: just do it?

Some axioms for life Once an institution comes into existence, its top priority becomes perpetuating its existence;If an institution achieves its stated goals, it will assign itself new goals in order to justify and perpetuate its continued existence;All religions are institutions. Kaddish: basic logistics There are several different versions of the kaddish prayer (technically, it's… Continue reading Tradition: just do it?

2,000 – Thank You!

Several months ago, 'The Skeptic's Kaddish' reached 1,000 subscribers, and today I am moved to share with you today that we're now at over 2,000, even as this blog is nearing its 1st birthday. Clearly, WordPress encourages its bloggers to actively engage with and accrue new subscribers, notifying us of likes, follows, consecutive days of… Continue reading 2,000 – Thank You!

What you do, or: Don’t do

‘The Art of Being Human’ a d’Verse poetics prompt EPIGRAPH: What a piece of work is a man! How noble in reason, how infinite in faculty! In form and moving how express and admirable! In action how like an angel, in apprehension how like a god! The beauty of the world. The paragon of animals.… Continue reading What you do, or: Don’t do

From the first, or: Fatherhood

My first Cyrch a Chwta Girl, from the first it's been true your sweetness surpassed all who poop, cry and coo, as babes do. Watching you skip at the zoo; you bathing, smearing shampoo; laughing at Winnie the Pooh... Since the hour that you were born, every morn, faith soars anew.


I prefer keeping in mind even the possibility that existence has its own reason for being, which is precisely why I cannot call myself an atheist. It is why I occasionally recite the appropriate Jewish blessings before eating and am jealous of those who believe in supernatural forces that imbue their lives with purpose. It… Continue reading Possibility

I am Jerusalem, or: Nothing

‘Beyond Meaning or The Resolution of Opposites’ - a d'Verse poetics prompt Epigraph: For the listener, who listens in the snow,And, nothing himself, beholdsNothing that is not there and the nothing that is.-Wallace Stevens, 'The Snow Man' Harkened through the snows of New Jersey, Heeded through the storms of Cleveland, Purest nothing, on nothing, absorbed… Continue reading I am Jerusalem, or: Nothing

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!