Rabbi Moshe Taub pointed out to me that of the 85 sentences in the Book of Ruth, all but eight begin with “and.” Parataxis is the name scholars give to the practice of recounting a string of happenings without explanation or causality. E.M. Forster wrote, “The king died and then the queen died,’ is a story. ‘The king died, and then the queen died of grief,’ is a plot.” Children tell plotless, paratactic stories: “And he said. And I said. And then...”
It's about Israelis becoming Jewish, not the secular becoming religious.
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Micah Goodman, 39, a rising star in Israel as a philosopher, author, television personality and catalyst for change, makes a strong case that the deep divide between religious and secular Jews in Israel is narrowing.
Shabbat candles: 8:12 p.m.
Torah: Num. 16:1-18:32
Haftarah: I Samuel 11:14-12:22
Havdalah: 9:12 p.m.
‘Rocky” is my favorite movie of all time, a tale of an underdog boxer with incredible determination, getting a shot at the title. Against all odds, Rocky’s goal is to “go the distance,” to still be standing strong at the end of the fight.
Several weeks ago, just shy of her 98th birthday, my beloved grandmother passed away. While I naturally feel sadness and grief, I also feel a profound sense of gratitude, faith, and resolution. My grandmother — Nana, as we called her — lived a rich and productive life. She made a lasting imprint on all who knew her, and for the better part of her existence she was healthy and actively engaged in community life. Her final five years were characterized by the losses and ailments people typically face as they age, yet she still found ways to connect with others and make valuable contributions to her community.
Something new to worry about: It began with the conversation with one of my oldest friends, who is a trustee of the Metropolitan Opera. She noted that ticket sales were down due to the fact that people do not like to commit to subscriptions, which requires them to be in attendance at a performance at a certain time on a certain evening. She also noted that her cousin, who works for the National Theatre in London, had told her that all of the performing arts are in trouble because we live today in an on-demand world.
Last year, just 36 of the nearly three million Syrian refugees were resettled in the United States. To give some context, in the same year, 658 people summited Mt. Everest, a number 18 times greater than the amount of people who escaped Syria and made it to America.
The Talmud teaches us (Berachot, 21a) that the requirement to say a blessing after a meal comes from a verse in the Torah (Deuteronomy 8:10), and to recite it before the meal comes from a logical imperative. But the reverse is true with Torah study; the source for reciting a blessing before is from a verse (Deut. 32:3).
Having participated in the Jewish Book Council’s “Meet The Authors” program several years ago, I thank Gary Rosenblatt for bringing back fond memories of an event once described as “The Gong Show” for Jewish writers (“Love Me, Love My Book,” June 6).
I was one of the authors who spoke at the same session of the Jewish Book Council “Meet The Authors” program as Gary Rosenblatt (“Love Me, Love My Book,” June 6). In contrast to his relaxed and truly funny presentation, mine included a pretty terrifying Rick Perry moment. Just lost it for what seemed like an age. But I finished in time, so the silence couldn’t have lasted that long (I hope).
“Love Me, Love My Book,” Gary Rosenblatt’s column (June 6), brought back wistful memories of my two-minute-presentation last year at the Jewish Book Council’s “Meet the Authors” event on behalf of my book “Memoir of an Independent Woman: An Unconventional Life Well Lived.”
Young Families, Singles Flocking to Upper East Side; ‘The Memory Is In Their Taste Buds’: The Lure of Sephardic Food; Safra Synagogue Rabbi’s Growing Empire; Sephardic And Egalitarian at B’nai Jeshurun; Giving Voice to Sephardic Music.