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The Burning of Notre Dame

The Burning of Notre Dame The first photos showed the cathedral’s high spire falling, its skeletal wood frame silhouetted against the engulfing red flames and – seen from the city’s venerable center – a column of smoke rising. Notre Dame … Continue reading

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Book Matters

Book Matters Shared here are my impressions of two books that I read recently.  Both were riveting, but in entirely different ways. Bloomfield Avenue: A Jewish-Catholic Jersey Girl’s Spiritual Journey by Linda Mercadante Linda Mercadante is best known as the … Continue reading

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The Big City and Me

The Big City and Me I went to New York for an overnight last Thursday.  This trip had been postponed for at least a year, during which I was dealing with one huge difficulty after another. Through the times and … Continue reading

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Jewish Time

Jewish Time  Lately, I’ve had a growing sense of living my life on something I call “Jewish Time.”  Have I anything concrete in view? In my childhood, when my parents were awaiting Israeli dinner guests, they expected them to be … Continue reading

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Nibbles from the Tree of Knowledge

  Nibbles from the Tree of Knowledge On my night table for last read of the evening is a book with the title, Forbidden Knowledge.  It concerns a topic that I’d never considered as such: whether there are, or ought … Continue reading

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“Evil is Really Not Banal”

“Evil is Really Not Banal” This past week we’ve been in California, where I’ve resumed my treatments for neuropathy at the Loma Linda hospital.  The other event of the week, salient for me, was a talk at the Claremont School … Continue reading

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Book Matters

Book Matters Here is my roundup of a couple of books that I’ve been reading, or finishing, lately. You’ll see what you think. Why Religion? A Personal Story by Elaine Pagels. She’s the author of The Gnostic Gospels. That book … Continue reading

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