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Daze of Awe

By David Suissa

October 4, 2007 | 8:00 pm

After two days of talking marketing with Jewish organizations, I've come to appreciate that marketing is not a very Jewish idea. Think about it. Marketing is all spin and presentation. What... read full article
  • Am I Blind?

    By David Suissa

    September 27, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Does the American Jewish community take a "myopic" view of Israel? A local Jewish leader, known for his progressive views, believes that it does.

    In a recent article in this paper, Daniel Sokatch began by telling the story of a Jewish activist friend who came across a demonstration...

  • Conservatives’ New Dish

    By David Suissa

    September 20, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    I read a remarkable quote a few days ago from a prominent member of the Conservative movement: "We've been searching for an identity for a hundred years now."

    A hundred years?

    In the business world, products can fail in a year or two if they don't have an identity. But in religion,...

  • 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 even previewed some of the sermons we could expect to hear here in the hood -- and I...
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  • ‘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...
  • 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...

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