New Orleans Jewish institutions remained closed Thursday as the region continued to bear the torrential rains and winds of a new massive storm.
Of all the unknowns being discussed as Hurricane Isaac approached New Orleans, members of Congregation Shir Chadash knew one thing for certain. “Nobody wanted to be the person that said, ‘Oh let’s not move the Torahs this time,’” said Rabbi Ethan Linden. “We sort of went into our hurricane action mode and did the best we could.”
Louisiana should change its state bird from the brown pelican to the yellow canary. The image on the Louisiana flag, which fluttered over my New Orleans
childhood, is no longer appropriate. As a child in New Orleans, I grew up under the image of a mother pelican staring down at a nest of its young, surrounded by the navy blue background of the Louisiana flag. Beneath was a banner proclaiming the state’s motto: “Union, Justice, and Confidence.”
It's time for Jonah again. I cherish this prophet, whose Hebrew name, "Yonah" means "dove,"