December 22, 2017

In memory of Marion Freed who left us December 22, 2011. 

‘Tis a fearful thing
to love what death can touch.

A fearful thing
to love, to hope, to dream, to be –

to be,
And oh, to lose.

And a holy thing,

a holy thing
to love.

For your life has lived in me,
your laug...

November 22, 2017

         On Thanksgiving, we recall the joint celebration of the newly arrived settlers at Plymouth with Wampanoag Indians, a people who had lived in this land for many centuries before the white man arrived. Together, Pilgrims and Indians, ate, drank, danced and each...

November 17, 2017

On Chanukah (which begins at sundown on December 12 this year) Jews recall the miraculous victory of the Maccabees and their small, but determined, forces over the powerful Greek-Syrian armies in the second century B.C.E. After the victory, the Maccabees cleaned and re...

October 26, 2017

I'm thrilled to be returning to Pasadena to speak at the Pasadena Central Library today, Thursday, October 26 at 7 p.m. Here's a wonderful write up in Pasadena Now with more information.

Please tell your friends. I look forward to seeing you!

September 28, 2017

Americans used to vote for the candidates they liked the most. Now, they vote against the person they hate the most.

This is a tragedy for America, the world and for me personally. My father immigrated to America from a small town in Russia. He explained the greatness o...

September 22, 2017

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of time, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the season of light, it was the season of darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair." (Good Writing, No? Not mine.)

Those are the...

September 11, 2017

On 9/11, Marion and I were in Paris at the Hotel Regina on Rue St. Honore. Regina is a lovely hotel on the right bank of the Seine, across the street from the Louvre with a delightful view of the Eiffel Tower, which was decorated with a thousand lights to honor the mil...

August 22, 2017

My day began in Los Angeles with a reflected view (we were warned to avoid eye contact) of the Celestial Minuet as the full eclipse of the sun completed its circle of light surrounding the darkness in its orbit.

What comes to mind when viewing an event that hasn’t shown...

August 16, 2017

In these mad times where lunatics blow holes in everything ennobling about life, togetherness, brotherliness and sisterhood, we must not allow ourselves to lose the hope that has sustained us as a society devoted to the highest principles of fairness, reason and identi...

August 2, 2017

Tu B’Av, the fifteenth day of the Hebrew month of Av, was decreed by the rabbis as a festival of love to be celebrated every year at the beginning of the fall harvest in ancient Judea.

Unlike other holy days on the Jewish calendar, Tu B’Av  does not celebrate freed...

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