Mar 23 2018
Lying at home in bed, tossing and turning all day and night, shivering from cold and burning up in fever, is one of my least favorite things to do. But at least it’s at home, a home filled with the voices of those you love, in the room and bed you are most familiar with. […]
Mar 09 2018
So few days; so many outfits. What will it be today? Should it be the striped dress by Marc Jacobs with the custom Ferragamo heels? Or perhaps the Armani bubble dress with the Jean Paul Gaultier down coat? Then there’s always the casual option, that one piece Dior jumper dress made of the softest material […]
Feb 23 2018
Aziza al Tahmimi’s father had always told her that life wasn’t meant to be fair, and he sure got that one right. In November of 2013, he became a martyr by blowing himself up in the Central Bus Station in Jerusalem, ensuring that his family would get a steady stream of income from Hamas, but […]
Feb 16 2018
I was setting the Shabbos table one Friday afternoon when the call came in. On the other end of the line was an energetic and persuasive salesperson who wanted to give me a free stay in a beautiful resort in Florida if only we would attend a ninety-minute sales presentation outlining the joys of timeshare […]
Feb 09 2018
Why did you give my child a C+?
I’m sorry, I’m not sure who you are?
I’m Mrs. X and you gave my child a C+ as his final grade, why?
Oh, nice to meet you Mrs. X. I gave your son a C+ as his final grade is due to a number of things. He didn’t hand […]
Feb 02 2018
Davos means a lot of things to a lot of different people. If you are a Chassidic Jew living in Antwerp, Davos is the Swiss summer resort hundreds of European Chassidic families flock to, joined by Jews from all over the world. For a few weeks a year, there are dozens of pop-up synagogues as […]
Jan 19 2018
It is freezing outside, quite literally. It has been freezing outside, quite literally, since a week ago. The coldest we’ve seen in the last week has been 5 degrees Farenheit, and the balmiest has been just below the freezing point. Snow, snow, snow, everywhere. Except on the roads of course, where it is salt, salt, […]
Jan 12 2018
I want to become a hacker. Not because I want to furrow into your bank account and steal your retirement funds, not because I want to steal your Social Security number, open myself a bunch of credit cards, and go binge shopping on your coin, but because I want to make the lives of Aaron […]
Jan 05 2018
The information in this essay was largely culled from an excellent article written by Kiera Feldman for ProPublica, and published January 4, 2018. It always amazes me when investigative journalists dedicate months putting together a single article, both in the field and researching from their desks, all that we can be more informed. Hats off […]
Dec 22 2017
Ten years ago, I visited China for the first and so far only time. The purpose of the trip was to attend the dedication celebration of a Torah scroll a friend of mine had purchased for the Chabad of Pudong (Pudong is the commercial district of Shanghai). But I had a few important secondary objectives […]