If you want to know the truth, I’ve spent most of my life lost, and I’m not being profound.
Which explains why I got completely turned around somewhere in Afula.
Of course, I blamed the map. Where was that sneaky little Route 71 that the map had so magnanimously promised? And why, instead, was I stuck at a fork in the road with two other choices that eluded me?
Naturally, I turned to the gentleman in the car next to me for help.
In the weeks before the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the United States, the National September 11 Memorial and Museum on the site of the former Twin Towers is taking shape in Lower Manhattan — and one item slated for the permanent exhibition is drawing particular, and sometimes negative, notice. American Atheists, a nonprofit organization, has filed suit against the inclusion in the memorial of a 17-foot-tall steel cross — two construction beams — that was discovered in the rubble of the World Trade Center.
There was a time when a vacation in Argentina automatically meant Buenos Aires. The country’s capital city — home to tango, Latin America’s biggest Jewish community and a third of the Argentine population — was, for many North Americans, the only place on the tourism radar.
Joseph Dorman is director of a riveting portrait of the great writer whose stories became the basis of the Broadway musical Fiddler on the Roof. "Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness" tells the tale of the rebellious genius who created an entirely new literature. Dorman calls Sholem Aleichem the "grandfather of all Jewish comedians today."
Tying the knot is not the first choice of every couple these days. Joyce Silver and Jesse Koch got hitched in part because of the grandchildren.
A new trend in retirement is for couples to live together outside the marriage bond. In fact, unmarried seniors living together are the fastest growing segment of cohabitants in the United States. People don't want to put up with loneliness. They want to live together. But they are likely to remain unmarried to avoid tax issues and inheritance questions.
Potatoes are one of my all time favorite foods. Doesn’t matter if they are roasted, mashed, fried, baked, or in a nice latke or kugel – I can’t resist them. And while they’re delicious with just a little salt and pepper, it is also nice to add some other flavors and spices to them.
Q – The recent police detainment of prominent right wing Israeli rabbis accused of incitement has been in the news lately. At issue is the halachic tract “Torat Hamelech," (the “Torah of Kings”) which allegedly condones the murder of non Jews in some circumstances. This is horrible, but how is it different from any artist or politician making an outlandish statement? Certainly those on the left have said equally inflammatory things. Are we discriminating against the rabbis? Aren’t they entitled to freedom of speech?<
‘The hot ticket” one morning this week in Bayreuth, the city in southern Germany that hosts an annual Richard Wagner opera festival, was not a performance of the composer’s “Die Meistersinger” in the main theater, but a smaller orchestra in a smaller hall as part of a fringe festival, England’s Guardian newspaper reported.
The Israel Chamber Orchestra was performing Wagner’s “Siegfried Idyll.”