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The American Hippopotamus….Eikev 5777

I’ve never given too much thought to my last name. I know that Burnham isn’t much of a Jewish name; that was by design. My grandfather, whose last name was Berman, couldn’t get into medical school with a Jewish last name. In his time most universities had quotas determining how many Jews they would accept.

The American Hippopotamus….Eikev 5777

Call Me Ishmael… or Better Yet, Call Me Moon Fizz…Vaetchanan 5777

After a raging debate, the Swedish authorities finally agreed to abandon the antiquated rules that had long been causing deep emotional pain to their constituents. The new law gives Swedish parents the rights and freedoms which are granted to almost every parent in the world, but had been denied to them until now – the

Call Me Ishmael… or Better Yet, Call Me Moon Fizz…Vaetchanan 5777

The Road to Progress…Devarim 5777

Xi Cheng left home at the age of fourteen in search of bread. A two year drought had killed off all but the hardiest vegetable crops in his farming village of Zihua-Ni (mostly horseradish, potatoes, beets, and other root crops), and there was not much to eat. His parents sold their little hut to buy

The Road to Progress…Devarim 5777

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