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Selma’s Sermon

By David Suissa

September 13, 2007 | 8:00 pm

This is a big time of the year for sermons. Last year at this time, I wrote a column called "Words of Awe," comparing the different styles of Orthodox, Conservative and Reform sermons. I... read full article
  • ‘Gary Wexler Is Miserable’

    By David Suissa

    August 30, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    t was one of my favorite ads. At the time, my upstart ad agency was competing with a hot shop called Wexler & Shalek. They had a reputation for always winning creative awards. But one year, for some reason, they struck out. So what did their creative head, Gary Wexler, do? He took...
  • Shmuel of Arabia

    By David Suissa

    August 23, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    It must have been quite a scene in that little courthouse in Jerusalem. Rav Qapah, a Yemenite Jew who sat on the Jerusalem Beit Din (court of law), was hearing a case involving a commercial dispute between a Jew and an Arab.

    At one point, the beit din heard testimony from an Arab...

  • Dealing With Schmutz

    By David Suissa

    August 16, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    The other day, a remarkable neighbor named Dennis Brown was telling me about a Chasidic kid who had rebelled against his parents and his religious lifestyle and gotten into drugs. After a couple of rough years, he got professional help, sobered up and started reconnecting with his...
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  • The Blissful Minyan

    By David Suissa

    August 9, 2007 | 8:00 pm


    Shlomo Carlebach and Rabbi Eliezer Garner at Montreal Ashram
    For a minute, as I stood near the entrance of my home, I could have sworn I was in Jerusalem. We were in that moment of transition, when Shabbat had just come in, but there was still some light.

    As a large procession of...

  • My Holywood Moment

    By David Suissa

    August 2, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    It was your classic indie film set. Small crew. Cool Italian cameraman with a Fedora hat and the studied nonchalance of someone who's been there before. A grunge looking lighting guy who probably has alternative rock on his iPod. A few grips and assistants running around setting up...
  • Dumbing Down Judaism

    By David Suissa

    July 26, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    You can't talk about Jewish philanthropy without talking about Jewish priorities. For many years now, a huge priority for the American Jewish community has been to fight assimilation -- what is elegantly called "Jewish continuity." It's a priority that is rarely challenged. How do...
  • Brachacadabra

    By David Suissa

    July 19, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    You haven't lived until you've waited three hours in a cramped living room waiting to see a Chasidic rebbe so that you can ask him, at 1 a.m., for a bracha to meet the man of your dreams; or for your wife to recover from cervical cancer; or to do well in your med school entrance...

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