Monthly Archives: October 2009

The Phantom & The Man

In Henry James’ “The Private Life” he tells the story of one Clare Vawdrey who is visible everywhere in every conceivable situation. “He talks, he circulates, he’s awfully popular, he flirts with you.” His work is nothing like his social … Continue reading

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The True Measure of a Man

A span, a palm, a hand, an ohm, a knot, a stadion. How beautiful the language of measurement is and we’re not even talking iambs yet. We probably couldn’t fit the 6,000 animals that live in the Bronx Zoo into … Continue reading

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Saper Vedere

Opening a book I hadn’t seen in nine years, I found an inscription from a former student: “Thank you for opening my eyes to see Torah, Mitzvot, life, and myself, as never before. Your student forever, and with eternal thanks. … Continue reading

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Steps

It was a wedding that I’ll never forget. We gathered in a small room just before the Chupah – Marriage Ceremony. The groom, a few close friends, and two rabbis. We hummed a meditative tune and unconsciously formed a circle. … Continue reading

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Don’t Worry. Be Happy!

There are moments when I am so frustrated and upset that I cannot find the words to express my rage. English lacks the musical potency to insult with the same impact as Yiddish, but there are times when even Yiddish … Continue reading

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