Adam Dickter's Continuum

The Pros And Cons Of Our Internet Addiction

Friday, December 12th, 2008

The other day, on a lark, I created a Facebook group called “I Refuse To Join Pointless Facebook Groups,” and invited several hundred of my online friends to join. As of this writing, about three dozen have joined this pointless group, some perhaps aware of the irony, some not.

 

When The News Hits Home

Thursday, December 4th, 2008

Despite the pressures of a weekly deadline, it’s generally a fairly jovial mood here in The Jewish Week’s editorial bullpen on Tuesdays as we scramble to bang out our copy as thoroughly and accurately as humanly possible, whip it into shape and get it off to the printer on time.

 

UPDATED: Praise The Lord And Pass The Ammunition

Monday, December 1st, 2008

He was a tall, imposing figure, ripped straight from the pages of the Bible, with his long grey beard and uncompromising faith. But there was something missing from the picture.

 

A Lid On The Kid

Thursday, November 20th, 2008

One of the most difficult things to teach a young child in an observant family is to keep a yarmulke on his head. For a busy kid that likes to run and jump and climb, a kippa is an unnecessary and unnatural thing, if not a nuisance.

 

With the exception of a swimming pool or beach, strictly Orthodox boys are never seen in public without a kippa, and it has become as rigid and non-negotiable a requirement as kashrut, daily prayer and keeping Shabbat.

 

A Mind Is A Terrible Thing To Close

Thursday, November 6th, 2008

If you believe the 7th graders in my daughter’s yeshiva class, we’re all doomed.

 

There is about to be a nuclear war, it seems. Iran is going to take over the world, or perhaps it will be Iraq. Israel? Forget about it.

 

This might be an amusing reaction to the election of Barack Obama if not for the reality that many of these pre-adolescents, if not most, are getting this stuff from their parents.

 

Leaving Brooklyn

Thursday, October 23rd, 2008

“Yeah, I can be myself here in this small town. And people let me be just what I want to be”


– John Cougar Mellencamp

 

For those who want their kids to emulate their own lifestyles and traditions, there are few considerations more crucial than where they grow up - the physical environment in which they live, the sense of community there and the people with whom they surround themselves.

 

The Cost Of Our Freedom

Thursday, October 23rd, 2008

“Am I going to have to go the Army?,”eight-year-old Jacob asked me recently as he channel-surfed past a war movie.

 

The question is impossible to answer with certainty. Parents who married after the War To End All Wars never anticipated that their children would be drafted to fight in the war that came after that, World War II.

 

The Cost Of Our Freedom

Thursday, October 23rd, 2008

“Am I going to have to go the Army?,”eight-year-old Jacob asked me recently as he channel-surfed past a war movie.

 

The question is impossible to answer with certainty. Parents who married after the War To End All Wars never anticipated that their children would be drafted to fight in the war that came after that, World War II.

 

Why The Continuum?

Thursday, October 16th, 2008

What are you Jews so worried about?

 

That might be the question posed by an outsider looking in and wondering why the organized Jewish community, across the denominational spectrum, is so concerned about Jewish continuity.

 

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