First Person

12/15/2014 | | Special To The Jewish Week | First Person

Halloween was the furthest thing from my mind when I scheduled an appointment with the banjo repair guy for Oct. 31. As usual in our observant Jewish neighborhood, there was not a pumpkin or goblin in sight when the day arrived. No costumed revelers rang our bell in search of treats. But of course, I knew. 

12/11/2014 | | Special To The Jewish Week | First Person

Halloween was the furthest thing from my mind when I scheduled an appointment with the banjo repair guy for Oct. 31. As usual in our observant Jewish neighborhood, there was not a pumpkin or goblin in sight when the day arrived. No costumed revelers rang our bell in search of treats. But of course, I knew. 

11/18/2014 | | Special To The Jewish Week | First Person

‘For the sin which we have committed before You under duress or willingly. And for the sin which we have committed before You by hard-heartedness.”

10/28/2014 | | First Person

With a borscht-curdling geshrei, Halloween this year falls on Shabbat. On Friday night, trick-or-treaters, even Jewish ones, will be knocking.

10/14/2014 | | Special To The Jewish Week | First Person

When I accepted the invitation to spend 10 weeks in Germany this fall, it was with a sense of joyful anticipation. As the summer of Gaza unfolded, the resurgence of anti-Semitism across Europe tempered my joy but never weakened my resolve.

09/16/2014 | | Special To The Jewish Week | First Person

Leipzig was a flourishing German city before World War II. In 1964, as part of communist East Germany, it was a desolate place, bomb damage still not repaired, store shelves bare and streets dimly lit. It was not a tourist destination.