Stories and symbols intersect in unexpected places in Pearl Abraham's intricate and complex third novel, "The Seventh Beggar," a vivid meditation on the nature of creation.
For the past two years I've been swimming exclusively in the dating pool of divorced dads (DDs). This makes me a Divorced-Dad Dater (DDD).
I love DDs because they will always make sure you've had enough to eat and have gone to the bathroom before long car rides. To me, DDs are more colorful than single men, with greater complexity to their lives, navigating sanity, maturity and alimony coupled with the juggling capabilities of a high-wire performer.
Looking for the perfect gift for that upcoming wedding or bat mitzvah? If you're in the Anaheim area, you may want to check out Downtown Disney, the new shopping/dining/entertainment complex just outside Disneyland and the new California Adventure park. Make your way to the New Agey objets d'art store near the entrance (just follow the John Tesh music), turn to the right when you enter, and you'll feel as if you were transported by Disney magic to an upscale temple gift shop. A glass case of doorpost-ready mezuzot is prominently displayed; a variety of menorahs and tzedekah boxes fill several shelves.
Even before celebrities and community leaders gathered to cut the ribbon on the Ferne Milken Youth & Sports Complex last December, Eli Sherman was out visiting San Fernando Valley malls, neighborhoods, schools and synagogues, urging all Valley residents to treat the complex as their own.