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Norman Mailer in Synagogue
The best writer of his generation addresses the pews.
A bittersweet remembrance of my teacher, Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach
Where There's Smoke
A politically incorrect view of the current rage to ban all smoking everywhere.
Building the House
The contractor -- can't live with him, can't kill him. Or can you?
A Wing and a Prayer
Finding a small homecoming in transit.
Gunning Down the Cockroaches
Roach problem? Just call the expert.
Waiting for Death
Our parents taught us how to live. Their final gift -- showing us how to die.
On the Road
Driving beyond the Green Line prompts a look in the mirror.
Summer ended when they came to kill my dog.
Guys like me don't carry guns, right?
Learning to Pray
It's slow and not easy. But that's not all.
Some thoughts on a millstone - uh, make that milestone - birthday.
Simply the most compelling art exhibit I've ever seen.
Dave van Ronk
A visit to the world of my favorite folk singer.
Remember: "stressed" spelled backwards is "desserts."
New Year’s Celebration
Watching the ball drop slowly in my daughter’s life.
My Father's Blessing
A poignant final moment strengthens my fragile connection to my father.
Being at war while normal life continues makes life in Israel feel crazy.
Old and poor, she's got one hope left: the movie of her life.
Is Real Life Good Enough?
Nothing ever happens on my settlement.
The Road to Revolution – And Back Again
The Sixties, brought to you by smart Jewish kids from the 'burbs.
Life After Zionism?
Yes, Israel’s getting Americanized -- but don't step on my blue-and-white suede shoes.
The Holocaust in resident memory.
Grandma Knows Best
Neo-conservative ideologue Midge Decter must be right. After all, she says so.
Gen X Goes Bonkers
The furies of depression, in the feminine mode.
A Wounded Hero
Varian Fry mounted probably the most successful private rescue operation of World War II.
The Language Where Jews Lived
Yiddish is dying – but don’t plan the funeral just yet
This is the war that never ends.
Housebroken -- Sort Of
Post-modern, 30-something and single - it's no way to live.
Every Rat Has His Day
Marketing is in the saddle and rides mankind.
The Crushing Sadness of the Road Not Taken
The meaning of your experience may come years later.
A Disappearing Family Album
What Americanization costs a Jewish family.
A Real Groucho
He was funny but not nice.
Half a Loaf of Wisdom
Jacob the Baker's wise sayings come half-baked from the oven.
Gerald L.K. Smith Revisited
Liar, racist, demagogue – the voice of a generation.
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