Thursday, February 02, 2023


Lying Facedown on a School Bus

This is going to be a different sort of “column” from what I usually do. As you may know from some of my previous articles, this summer I attended the BIMA arts program at Brandeis University. I “majored” in creative writing, learning new techniques and improving my skills along with 13 other fellow writers. This week I’d


Take Me Out of the Ball Game

A couple of months ago I wrote a piece about the 1986 Mets. It was a good year for us since we won the World Series. I also wrote about my ill-fated Keith Hernandez Starting Lineup action figure and his untimely demise. I thought that by sending Keith a copy of this article I would get some sort of response but, alas, it was not in


Reflections on Shiva

After experiencing the

death of my father, Dr Saul Agus A’’h, over three months ago, I have decided to share some thoughts in hope that this can help our friends who try to comfort mourners during these difficult times. Specifically, I would like to focus on the funeral, shiva week and post shiva.


Return Migration—Preparing for School to Start Again

The monarch butterfly is one example of a species that practices return migration. This process of revisiting a place that one has lived in before is also called homing, according to a Scholastic Science Exploration article. These animals use navigation strategies and prepare for their journey months in advance. Scientists are awed


Practical Ideas to Incorporate Photographs in Reading

I am always incorporating one medium or another into my literacy activities/lesson plans. Below are some concrete ways to make visual connections with children at all ages/stages of development.

Very young children may have trouble distinguishing between reality and fiction. As a result, more books are


You Can Learn to Love Yourself: Mapping and Mastery of the Inner World

Eighteen months after Susan’s 1husband lost the fight to cancer, she was still in such inner pain that she was wondering if she’d ever find her old self again, and whether she would ever regain a sense of inner peacefulness. Susan, a widow in her 50s, described that the feelings of grief and being


Bracha Meltzer: Take Charge of Your Life

New York—The road to success is certainly a topic of much discussion and debate in all circles of life, and observant Judaism is no exception. The spectrum of philosophical approaches to success is as varied as the stripes of Orthodoxy, though there does seem to be considerable consensus with the idea of “doing one’s


Chivalry Is Not Dead

Last week we made our usual monthly visit to Montreal to spend time with our daughter Naama.

The visits, in a sense, are more difficult than they used to be because, for Nina especially, meeting so many old friends wherever she goes reminds her of how few people she knows here. Although more


The RCA Prenuptial Agreement—Very Appropriate for Sephardim

The Rabbinical Council of America (RCA) prenuptial agreement is undoubtedly gaining in popularity and usage. It is has become accepted already for many years as a standard part of the wedding preparation from brides and grooms in our community. A few years ago, the Rabbinical Council of America reported over 2,000 downloads of the


Quite Possibly, The World’s Perfect Financial Choice?

In 1989, Chiquita Brands International hired the W.B. Doner & Co. advertising agency to create a promotional campaign for bananas, their primary product. The result was a slogan so successful, Chiquita registered it:

Quite Possibly, The World’s Perfect Food®

It is,


Homolka Hesitates (Part IV of IV)

Part IV of IV

Katya finally arrived home at the flat she shared with Magda, her sister.

“Is that you, Katya?” Magda asked.

“Yes, it’s me.”



Songs for a Cure

To some, it might seem impossible to find the place where funding cancer research overlaps with the distribution of Israeli music. But in that spot is where you will find Pioneers for a Cure (PFAC). According to Ricky Orbach, one of the project’s co-founders, “PFAC is a project to reclaim and revive ‘pioneer’ songs

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