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Jingle All The Day

Friday, December 18th, 2009

This time of the year, radio listeners of all persuasions find ourselves flipping around the dial a bit. Some like the holid …I mean, Christmas, music and are looking for more, and some of us are looking for refuge, perhaps at a news station.

 

Maybe with the widespread usage of sattelite radio with its genre channels and MP3 playlists easily sent to your car’s speakers, we end up scanning a bit less than we used to, because we can have more control.

 

Ten Ways Yeshivas Can Save Money

Wednesday, December 16th, 2009

There is no more important factor in preserving Jewish identity than full-time education in yeshivas or day schools. But private schools are an expensive business, especially when the costs of both mandatory secular studies and religious instruction are factored in. As parents face layoffs, salary cuts or declining business revenues, their ability to pay tens of thousands of dollars in private tuition is fading, and schools are feeling the crunch. More than ever they are being forced to assess how to cut costs to lower or at least freeze tuition.

Making Peace With Killers

Sunday, December 6th, 2009

Some 15 years ago, while there were still high hopes for the Oslo peace process, I interviewed John Wallach, founder of Seeds for Peace.

 

His program bringing Arab and Jewish kids together for leadership training retreats and conflict resolution studies, a worthy and laudable undertaking, was a few years old at the time and Wallach was thrilled that a group of his alumni got to sit on the dais as Yitzchak Rabin and Yasir Arafat signed papers and shook hands, raising what would shortly turn out to be false hopes around the world.

Killer Fashion

Monday, November 30th, 2009

It always perplexed me to hear that anti-Semites would Jew-bait by calling someone a Christ-killer. If they truly believed us capable of deicide, did they really want to get on our bad side?

 

But seriously.

 

What’s More Jewish Than Thanksgiving?

Wednesday, November 25th, 2009

In heavily Orthodox American communities, they have a special named for Thanksgiving:

 

Thursday.

 

That’s too bad. Aren’t we as a people all about gratitude, looking at the bright side, the glass half full and all that? Isn’t it practically a Jewish axiom that “things could always be worse?”

 

Photo Finish?

Wednesday, November 25th, 2009

In a previous post I wrote about the hundreds of photos in my basement and pondered what will one day become of them.

 

Now, the same question applies to some 30 years worth of photo prints, most of them black and white, that have accumulated in The Jewish Week’s office. The office manager wants to be rid of them to make more room. To me, it’s akin to forgetting history.

 

Breaking A Painful Silence

Wednesday, November 18th, 2009

In this week’s paper, my mother, Sondra Hart Dickter, tells the story of her 25-year battle with Parkinson’s disease.

 

Wardrobe Dysfunction

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

It always makes me feel old to start a post with “When I was a kid …”

 

But when I was a kid it was embarrassing to be seen in public with ripped clothes. Outside of the playground, after an afternoon of rough-housing, wearing torn pants in a social setting or at school would send the message that your family is too poor to even mend the damaged garment, let alone replace it.

 

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