For Rosh Hashanah: The Jewish Earworm

Being Jewish isn’t always a picnic. I got my first inkling of this when I was about nine. My father and I were walking near his house in Westfield, New Jersey, when he fell into conversation with a neighbor, a man in his 70s, still strapping, with a snowy, Tip O’Neill quiff and a golf-course [Read More…]

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Pope Francis, Refugees, and the Big Levitical Beach Party

What irks me most about the guy is his grin, which is roguish, the mark of a born schmoozer. In my world, if you’re a Somali refugee and you want me to give you a cigarette or buy you something from the Circle K, your job is to appeal to the better angels of my [Read More…]

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Merkel, Orban and Europe’s Christian Soul

My wish, farfetched though it may sound, is that German Chancellor Angela Merkel had invoked the name of Jesus Christ when she took the lead in re-settling this new wave of African and Middle Eastern refugees. Pledging that her country would be able to accommodate all 800, 000 of the refugees expected to arrive by [Read More…]

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