Isaac Steven Herschkopf

The Fifth Son

In those long-ago seders, who were the drab Peshevorskys, and why were they at our table?

Special To The Jewish Week
03/26/2010

Their name was pronounced Peshevorsky. I have no idea how it was spelled. Neither do I know their first names. I addressed them as “Mr. and Mrs. Peshevorsky.” It was such a mouthful, I had to practice saying it before they arrived.
 

They only joined us for the seders. It was, however, a perennial visit. Their presence defined Passover as certainly as the presence of a lulav and esrog defined Sukkot. The difference was, a lulav and esrog were more animated.
 

The Freedom Suite

Passover carries many meanings to different people -- historical, political, religious and personal. In the essays that follow, Isaac Steven Herschkopf, Haviva Ner-David, Neil Gillman and Charles Savenor offer their perspectives on the festival of freed

03/26/2010

 

The Freedom Suite

The Fifth Son

In those long-ago seders, who were the drab Peshevorskys,
and why were they at our table?

03/24/2010
Special To The Jewish Week

Their name was pronounced Peshevorsky. I have no idea how it was spelled. Neither do I know their first names. I addressed them as “Mr. and Mrs. Peshevorsky.” It was such a mouthful, I had to practice saying it before they arrived.

They only joined us for the seders. It was, however, a perennial visit. Their presence defined Passover as certainly as the presence of a lulav and esrog defined Sukkot. The difference was, a lulav and esrog were more animated.

On The Couch

12/29/2009
Other than “How are you?” which is in reality a greeting, “What do you do for a living?” is the single most common question we ask each other. Not only the perfect icebreaker, it is also a subject that genuinely interests us. Best of all, it is a simple question with a simple answer. Except in my case. Yes, I can give a simple answer: I am a psychiatrist. It is accurate, but it is simultaneously deceptive. The listener invariably makes inaccurate assumptions.
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