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Who is Sitting At The Table In Your Head?
I don’t know how grief feels to you. All I know is how it feels to me. Over the years, as I’ve lost more and more people, I find that grief has become very real, actually physical. I feel the grief in my stomach, in my chest. When it gets bad, I may not feel it every minute, but there are times in the day when it gets unbearable. And yet what we have to do is bear the unbearable, to go on and live and be happy despite these depressing and horrible feelings.
It is impossible to go on. And yet, somehow, we must.
Why Alexander Puts Out Fires
My grandson Alexander puts out fires. Like a lot of kids with active imaginations, he sees himself as a fireman. We’ve put out countless fires in houses, cars, and even this synagogue.
He knocked on my door one day, dressed as a fireman, and asked me if I had any problems. I didn’t understand at first, but then I saw that he was holding yellow caution tape in one hand and red danger tape in the other and he was ready to place tape wherever it might be needed in my life. He was there to protect me and fix anything that I needed.
In his world, fires occur, but he can deal with them.
Jonah, Pinocchio & You in the Belly of the Terrible Shark
I was raised on the Bible and Disney movies. So I have always seen a connection between the Book of Jonah that we read on Yom Kippur afternoon and the fairy tale of Pinocchio. In both stories, a big fish or a whale swallows the main character who escapes that certain death. Over the years as a rabbi, I have often introduced the reading of Jonah by mentioning this similarity to Pinocchio and people have always responded with a smile or a chuckle.
Up, Up, and Oy Vey or It's Not Easy to Be Us
Once there was a survivor. His parents and everyone he knew were killed. His world was literally destroyed. And so he came to America as an illegal immigrant. He was given a new name and no one knew about his origins. He assimilated into the melting pot called America. He didn’t want anyone to know who he really was. And he dressed like all the Americans in suit and tie and hat, and he starting going out with a nice white Anglo-Saxon girl. And while he knew who he really was, all that history, and all that pain, was too much to think about, and so sometimes he just tried to forget it.
When You Hear the Sound of the Shofar, Please Leave a Message
Everyone knows what a marathon is. There are people here today who have run a marathon, twenty-six miles. These people work hard and they have my respect. Remarkable.
Most of us know a story about the origins of the marathon. The story relates that in the year 490 BCE, an Athenian herald named Pheidippides was sent to Sparta to request help when the Persians landed near a place called Marathon in Greece. He ran 150 miles on two consecutive days. He then ran the 25 miles from the battlefield to Athens to announce the Greek victory with the words, "We have won" and collapsed and died on the spot from exhaustion.
Why Hanna's Sabbath Dress Got Dirty
There was once a little girl named Hanna. Her mother made her a white Sabbath dress. Hanna couldn't wait to wear it. On Friday afternoon, she took a bath and then put on her new dress. It was beautiful. Hanna was very happy. Her mother was happy, too.
Then Hanna went outside. Just past the gate her dog, Zuzi ran up and barked.
- What Have We Learned From The Holocaust?
- Mrs. Medina and Her Candles, David and His Grandfather's Yalmukas
- How to Swim the Catalina Channel or Hayom
- Heroes and Villains: Washington, Jefferson, The Dark Knight and You
- I Doubt It
- Unbreakable or Why Goldberg Was Left in the Gym
- The Horse Boy and the Power of Love; Journeys to Mongolia, Mount Moriah and the Pacific Ocean
- Helen Suzman
- Peter, Paul and Mary, Augustus Caesar, and Our Idealized Images
- That's Not My Tractor or Why Proust and I Didn't Cry For Our Grandmothers
- The Things We carry
- Godbrothers and Godsisters
- To Dream The Possible Dream: Don Quixote and the Jewish People
- The Two Shevas and How We Express Our Love
- Grim(m) Fairy Tales or Just Tell Them I'm Your Brother
- New Year’s Greeting from Rabbi Scolnic
- Sim Shalom or How I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love the Matriarchs
- You're Going to Miss This
- Predictably Irrational: Mr. Spock and What It Means to Be a Kohen