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December 20, 2007 | 7:00 pm
May 3, 2007 | 8:00 pmIt took eight decades, but at last I know what is meant by "second childhood."
In my first childhood, my social life consisted of dating attractive young women. This second time around my calendar is just as full but my partners are all doctors.
The world looks different to me now...
November 16, 2006 | 7:00 pmThis is a report on a bar mitzvah, although you may not recognize it as such.
Among the elements common to today's celebrations, it did not include: a bird molded from chopped chicken liver, a "theme" (no Darth Vader masks or Titanic imagery) or a waterfall of liquid chocolate for...
June 29, 2006 | 8:00 pm
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Recently, I told some friends that I was going to accompany my younger daughter while she tried on wedding dresses. Their reactions were as follows:
From the women: "How very sweet"; "How lovely to bond with your daughter"; "I'm sure you'll enjoy it."
From the men: "Bring your...
May 27, 2004 | 8:00 pm
Why am I not surprised at the news of the mistreatment of Iraqis in an American version of Saddam Hussein's prisons, crimes, which in fact, occurred in the very same Baghdad prison that was notorious as a torture center in pre-occupation Iraq?
Take a group of American men and women...
November 20, 2003 | 7:00 pm
July 10, 2003 | 8:00 pm
Other than paying his share of the bills, the father of the bride has two principal responsibilities when his daughter marries.
The first is to stay out of the way of the womenfolk in the family while they make certain that the dress colors match (but not too exactly), the proper...
March 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm
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I have been asked by the Hillel Foundation at Dartmouth College to meet with them on the occasion of Israel's 54th birthday. There aren't too many of us still around who were there at its birth, and they would like to hear, from the perspective of a participant, what made it possible...
August 2, 2001 | 8:00 pm
I have a recurring nightmare, one which I am
certain is shared by many Elderhostel instructors. In this darkest of dreams, I am teaching the final class of a one-week session when suddenly one of my 50 or so students rises out of his seat and announces, in stentorian tones, that he...
August 10, 2000 | 8:00 pm
December 16, 1999 | 7:00 pmPrime Minister Tony Blair
10 Downing Street
Dear Mr. Prime Minister;
By now you have certainly received thousands of congratulatory messages celebrating the good news that you and your wife, Cherie, are expecting a baby next summer.
I imagine that most have come from...
October 7, 1999 | 8:00 pmThirty or so members of Generation X and I are taking a course at Brandeis University titled Politics and the Media.
It is sobering to realize that while my classmates regard Ronald Reagan as a name from the distant past, I was born when the president was Calvin Coolidge. It is...
June 10, 1999 | 8:00 pmIn the Museum of the City of Jerusalem, in David's Citadel, which purports to present the history of Israel's capital, the word "Arab" does not appear. A few hundred yards away in the Museum of Islam, on Jerusalem's Temple Mount, which purports to tell the history of Islam's third...
May 27, 1999 | 8:00 pmMy brother, who at 70 is younger than me by two years, has a world-class collection of the mysteries of Agatha Christie and a complete set of the novels of Anthony Trollope. They are being joined, gradually, by the Greek historians and Galsworthy's Forsythe Saga.
March 11, 1999 | 7:00 pm
By the time you read these words, the death of Joe DiMaggio will be old news. I grew up in a New York City in which he was the greatest of our sports heroes, and I was blessed as a child with an Uncle Ike who took me to the bleachers in Yankee Stadium. My love for baseball and...
November 12, 1998 | 7:00 pmMy mother, whose family came from Lithuania, used to claim of my father's family, which migrated from Galicia, that in the Old Country they had earned their living as horse thieves.
Which, if true, makes it all the more surprising that one descendant of such scurrilous ancestors is...
February 12, 1998 | 7:00 pm
Jonathan Tobin edits a Jewish newspaper inConnecticut, and his editorial opinions occasionally appear in TheJewish Journal. One such effort, "Distinguishing Fact from FictionIsn't Getting Easier," was published on Jan. 23. Herewith some factto counter Tobin's fiction.
Tobin begins by...
November 27, 1997 | 7:00 pm
Nov. 29, 1947: A joyous day in Israel. Photo from"Jerusalem in 3000 Years," Konemann, 1995.
Fifty years ago this week, on Nov. 29, 1947, the General Assembly ofthe United Nations voted to partition British-held Palestine into aJewish state, an Arab state, and a corpus separatum,...
August 28, 1997 | 8:00 pm
I visited Los Angeles recently and learned thattwo of those dialogues, in which I had been active, had expiredwithout ceremony. The Cousin's Club, which survived eight years oftension, argument and even, on occasion, genuine dialogue, was nomore. And the Arab-Jewish Speakers Bureau,...
May 8, 1997 | 8:00 pm
It has taken me 49 years of Israel-watching to find the answer to a question that puzzles us all, and I am pleased to inform you that the search has ended.
It was a headline in late April that provided the information we have all sought, one that read "Four Presidents Join in...