Home Team Advantage – July 14

One day, 15 years ago, when my son was five years old, he announced that he wanted a Yankees hat. Such heresy I would not suffer. I was raised in Baltimore to suffer with the Orioles through many a losing season. I was raised to hate our divisional rivals, the Yankees. There was no way…

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Glass Ceilings and Glass Windows – July 8

In 2002 The Hill published an interview with Indiana congressman Mike Pence in which he revealed that he never dines alone or attends events where alcohol is served when accompanied only by women other than his wife. After he became Vice President of the US, his marital dining policy was again in the news. It…

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The Blessing of A Frustrated Child – June 9

The picture of a sign posted on the front door of a private school for boys in Arkansas last year went viral on Facebook. It read, “if you are dropping off your son’s forgotten lunch, books, homework, equipment, etc., please TURN AROUND and exit the building. Your son will learn to problem-solve in your absence.”…

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Info Wars – May 12

Last week France held a federal election. While the centrist candidate Emmanuel Macron became the youngest French leader since Napoleon, much of the international discussion focused on the nationalist candidate Marine Le Pen and her family’s anti-Semitic history. However, there was another storyline from that election last week that is more likely to affect us….

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Remembering Our Future – May 19

I have always thought of my fascination with the future as a personal weakness. The Roman poet Horace wrote, “carpe diem – seize the moment.” He meant that the future is uncertain, and we are better off trusting in what we have today than in what we might get tomorrow. Twenty-first century Zen-inspired wisdom has…

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Sacrifices to the gods of Hockey – May 5

Sidney Crosby is more than just the centerpiece of the Pittsburgh Penguins hockey organization. In 2006, the TV and radio commentators credited Sidney Crosby with saving the NHL. After the lockout that erased an entire season, the NHL needed something special to refocus the spotlight on hockey. The rivalry between Crosby and Alexander Ovechkin was…

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Bad Memories, Good Thoughts- April 28

Yom Ha’azmaut and Yom Hashoah are always a week apart. They are separate, to be sure, but close enough together to suggest a connection. It is hard to say which of these two events has been more central to the Jewish psyche in the 21st century. On Yom Ha’azmaut, we celebrate the State of Israel…

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Sefer Time Machine – April 7

7 April 2017 – Pesach 5777 Dear Chaverim, Each week, this electronic letter brings you words of Torah and topical issues. The ideas are shaped by a dialogue that we have via email, text messages, phone calls, and the occasional face-to-face meeting over laptops and coffee. Each year, at the Seder, the recitation of the…

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