Reading the Man Booker Prize 2014: “J” by Howard Jacobson

Richard Flanagan’s The Narrow Road To The Deep North has won this year’s Man Booker Prize! I’m halfway through it, and it’s good, so we all have my review to look forward to. But let’s wrap up the rest of the shortlisted novels first. Read More Reading the Man Booker Prize 2014: “J” by Howard Jacobson

Make ‘Em Say Rosh!: Reflections on the Jewish New Year 5773

Last night marked the beginning of Rosh Hashanah, the first day of the Jewish calendar year. It’s a celebration of a new year and new beginnings, to be sure, but Rosh Hashanah is also a commemoration of the anniversary of the creation of humanity, and a call to repentance – symbolized by repeated blasts on the shofar, a ram’s horn. Read More Make ‘Em Say Rosh!: Reflections on the Jewish New Year 5773

The Struggles of Being in an Inter-faith Relationship

It’s hard for me to put into words what it’s like to be in an inter-faith relationship. In some respects it’s the hardest thing I’ve ever done and in other ways it’s completely natural. If you had asked me 6 years ago if I would ever consider dating a non-Christian guy, I definitely would have said no, but it seems that Cupid has no knowledge of these things when he takes aim at unsuspecting passersby.

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