I’ve been asked about my inspiration for the characters of Rocky and Molly in Bashert. Molly was drawn from my wife, Marion’s daughter in real life—Polly Segal (about whom I kvelled earlier this week). Polly is a singer/songwriter who inherited her mother’s wit and joie de vivre. Rocky (Colonel Rachmiel ben Solomon) was inspired by our technical adviser when we made a war film in Israel. He was a colonel in the IDF who was born in Ethiopia and airlifted with his family when h
Forgive a bit of naches as I share this graphic for my stepdaughter's upcoming show. She's wonderfully talented and as you can see, as beautiful as her mother. You can hear some of the songs on her album I'm Fine here.
Every so often friends send me articles about fellow graduates of the Jewish Theological Seminary who they think I might know. An excellent one appeared recently in Tablet about Rabbi Barry Dov Schwartz and his Vietnam War military service as chaplain during Passover. I didn’t know Rabbi Schwartz, and as much as it pains me to reveal this about a colleague who retired in his 70s, I graduated JTS before he did. But we did have the same professors, including the revered Rabbi A
We were at the Hotel Danieli in Venice with a perfect view of the sky above and the canals below where boats from all over Europe arrived to celebrate the Regata, Italy’s response to Bastile Day in France. We had booked a gondola to ride alongside the colorful boats, but my wife, Marion, was unexpectedly stricken with a severe lupus attack and couldn’t get out of bed. Unable to see the boats sailing below our window, she spent the entire day in bed watching the colorful cloud
Tonight begins the Jewish festival of Passover when we remember the Israelites exodus from the land of Egypt. I’ve tried every way I know to write something about Passover that comes anywhere close to a unique insight. The truth is that the minutiae surrounding the holiday leave me cold. The festival speaks for itself. We are commanded to celebrate freedom and virulently denounce slavery in any of its vile forms, whether it’s the rape of children by Boko Haram or police pract