The Author Who Doesn’t Understand What A Book Is? A Ten Commandments’ Tale

author mr. shalom auslander made news with his controversial new york times’ opinion piece. he proposed “in this time of war, i propose we give up god.” in the piece, he claims a religious upbringing and being taught by a rabbi. the ny times accompanies the piece with unflattering depictions of god in an actContinue reading “The Author Who Doesn’t Understand What A Book Is? A Ten Commandments’ Tale”

The Transformative Nature of Food? A Ten Commandments’ Tale

new york city’s latest accused subway shooter, mr. frank james, post attack, had the opportunity to take in the city and the culinary offerings. mr. james decided for breakfast, a chinatown restaurant “dimes” and katz’ deli for lunch. dailymail.com google describes dimes as “eclectic, health-conscious californian-style fare dished in a minimalist, white-&-blond-wood space.” katz’ hasContinue reading “The Transformative Nature of Food? A Ten Commandments’ Tale”

The Subconscious Breadcrumb? A Ten Commandments’ Passover Tale

the term breadcrumb can be a metaphor for a trail left behind. the term breadcrumbs can present the reality of being a piece of bread. observant families before passover make sure that remove these breadcrumbs from their house. metaphorical breadcrumbs, however, for some, remained in the houses during the holiday. they remained there for multitudesContinue reading “The Subconscious Breadcrumb? A Ten Commandments’ Passover Tale”

Controversies In Matzah Pizza: A Ten Commandments’ Tale

this post is intended to up your matzah pizza skills. thus, enjoy. the matzah pizza was once an act of desperation. kosher for passover food of the past was unkind. in our house the food offerings were limited. ketchup, american cheese, and matzah were pieced together to form a primitive version of matzah pizza. overContinue reading “Controversies In Matzah Pizza: A Ten Commandments’ Tale”

The Rebbe’s Space Race Victory? A Ten Commandments’ Tale

menachem schneerson, before becoming a rabbi, pursued an engineering education. his initial vocational dreamed eventually ended and he ascending to leadership within the chabad movement. thanks to president john f kennedy’s peace corp speech, the rebbe had an epiphany. he as well would create his own sort of corp. his corp would be promote theContinue reading “The Rebbe’s Space Race Victory? A Ten Commandments’ Tale”

The Freedom To Put A Square Peg In A Round Hole: A Ten Commandments’ Tale

won’t you help to sing these songs of freedom? bob marley songs of freedom are special. passover seders often conclude and singing breaks out. the passover songbook is expansive. there are the classics such as dayenu, chad gad ya, and mee lo eh. american seders have also included the african american spiritual “go down moses.”Continue reading “The Freedom To Put A Square Peg In A Round Hole: A Ten Commandments’ Tale”

Shut Up, Let’s Eat: A Ten Commandments’ Passover Tale

our family was like mafia. a jewish mafia. it was not about organized crime, rather organized religion. while the mafia had “the five families”, we had “the four families.” while the mafia had bosses, we had four matriarchal hebrew school teachers. like the mafia, we both had east coast and west coast connections. while noContinue reading “Shut Up, Let’s Eat: A Ten Commandments’ Passover Tale”

Afikomen Found on Mt. Ebal? A Ten Commandments’ Tale

the passover meal aka seder has a moment in which a piece of matzah is hidden. this piece is called the afikomen. traditionally, the service’s leader hides the afikomen and the children present search for it. as the service cannot conclude with the eating of this special matzah, the wise child holds it for ransomContinue reading “Afikomen Found on Mt. Ebal? A Ten Commandments’ Tale”

Sorry Disney, There Is No Mickey Moses: A Ten Commandments’ Tale

often non-jewish people wish to share holiday greetings with jewish people. we appreciate it! likewise, i am more than happy to share holidays greetings for others as well. i enjoy wishing people “merry christmas” etc. these greetings and interactions, at times, can be humorous. for instance, pronouncing the holiday hannukah is often a challenge. justContinue reading “Sorry Disney, There Is No Mickey Moses: A Ten Commandments’ Tale”