A gentleman was sitting home with his wife on Rosh Hashanah morning when suddenly his wife took ill. The fellow quickly dialed the doctor and was greeted by a friendly answering service operator who told him that the Doctor was not in the office today but, if he wished, he could leave a message and…Continue reading Tickets for the big event
Category: A Pondering Jew
If you haven’t heard, where have you been? America has come down with a severe case of Tebow Mania. Denver Bronco’s quarterback, Tim Tebow, has led his team to a string of “miracle” victories (until today), and while football pundits debate whether or not this guy is for real, the nation is taking notice. Possibly,…Continue reading Tebowed
Winners or Losers?
I wish I hadn’t scrolled down. By now, you have probably heard about Robert M. Beren Academy’s Basketball team. The Jewish high school team that refused to play state semi final and championship games on Shabbat. In short, without doing justice to the whole story, this Dallas school is a member of Texas Association of…Continue reading Winners or Losers?
In an 1898 edition of Harpers Magazine Mark Twain wrote:
“If the statistics are right, the Jews constitute but one per cent. of the human race. It suggests a nebulous dim puff of star-dust lost in the blaze of the Milky Way. Properly the Jew ought hardly to be heard of; but he is heard of, has always been heard of. He is as prominent…Continue reading In an 1898 edition of Harpers Magazine Mark Twain wrote:
Not Getting Easier?
A new year opens possibilities for new beginning. A chance to reevaluate who we are and set new goals for the coming year is an opportunity not to let pass by. The thought seemed really great over the holiday weekend, but I went back to work today and things seem more or less the same.…Continue reading Not Getting Easier?
Navigating By Moonlight
There is always a light at the end of the tunnel; just sometimes the tunnel seems to extend miles and miles. The sun will come up tomorrow (bet your bottom dollar) but sometimes tomorrow feels much more than a day away. Often when we find ourselves in the darkest most difficult moments of life we…Continue reading Navigating By Moonlight
What In The World Is That Noise!
An unassuming villager, who had never before seen or even heard of a train once wandered out of town all the way to the edge of a large city. In the village, people traveled on donkeys, and farmers used cows to plow their fields. The very idea of large machines for transport or work was…Continue reading What In The World Is That Noise!
No, this is not a movie review, and no I don’t think I ever saw it either! This week’s Torah portion, Mishpatim, does challenge us to contemplate: What are our basic instincts as Jews? Moses presents the Torah to the Jewish people who famously respond with the words “ naseh v’nishma” “we will do than we…Continue reading Basic Instinct
This week, an American icon is laid to rest. JoPa. Penn State’s legendary foot ball coach Joe Paterno. There is plenty of room to ponder here. Imagine how Paterno would have been remembers had he passed six months ago. A hero, great man, humanitarian, the winnings football coach of all time, a great leader. Today,…Continue reading Legacy