Adam Dickter's Continuum

On Smorgasbord Judaism

Friday, October 31st, 2008

It’s understandable that people who are concerned about the future of Jewish life tend to be passionate and emphatic when discussing intermarriage.

 

But often, when expressing their legitimate concern about this topic people can go over the top.

 

Teach Your Children Well, Indeed

Thursday, October 29th, 2009

I just finished Andrew Kirtzman’s excellent book, “Betrayal: The Life And Lies of Bernie Madoff,” which traces the  evolution of an ambitious kid who started a lawn-sprinkler business into the man who would steal billions and wreck thousands of lives.

 

Prayer And Popularity

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

I have never prayed as hard or as often in my life as I have over the past few weeks.

 

Our Archives, And The Novelty Of Children

Does the novelty of having kids ever wear off?

The question came to mind yesterday when my daughter, in search of yearbook pictures, complained that there were no albums of her as a baby.

Pictures, yes, hundreds of them. But no albums. Her older brother has several, neatly organized. But her baby pictures are mostly scattered in a box in the basement.

Our Archives, And The Novelty Of Children

Friday, October 23rd, 2009

Does the novelty of having kids ever wear off?

 

The question came to mind yesterday when my daughter, in search of yearbook pictures, complained that there were no albums of her as a baby.

 

Pictures, yes, hundreds of them. But no albums, she said.

 

She turned out to be wrong. There were one or two. But her older brother has several, neatly organized. But the majority of Rachel’s baby pictures are mostly in a large box in the basement.

 

The Latest From Adi

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009

Five weeks settled in to Israel, we have an update from Nefesh B’Nefesh olah Adi Cydulkin.

 

Things are OK here, not much has changed as far as bureaucracy goes.


Helping Hands And Mixed Feelings

Monday, October 12th, 2009

As I sit in my Manhattan office and write this, my two teenagers are spending part of their isru chag day off from school dismantling the sukkah and returning it to long-term shed storage. I resist the urge to micromanage by calling them up to advise how to angle the metal poles to fit diagonally in the shed.

 

Do Words Speak Louder Than Actions?

Friday, October 9th, 2009

The deadline for nominations for this year’s Nobel Peace Prize was Feb. 2.

 

That’s about 12 days into the Obama Administration. So it would be hard to argue that those who intended for President Barack Obama to win were judging him by his accomplishments, unless you consider his election itself through a highly skilled campaign a contribution to world peace.

 

Simchas Torah, 1939

Lulav Ltd.

As holiday rituals go, Sukkot has more than its fair share.

 

In addition to prayer for dew, the ushpizin and of course the blessing of the four species, I’ve added one of my own.

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