Category Archives: Culture

Philosophy on the Timeline

Philosophy on the Timeline The other day, I went to a new acupuncturist.  We got to talking, I and the nice young man who’d been assigned to me for my initial session. From the forms I filled out as a … Continue reading

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Bulletin from History

Bulletin from History The other day, I spoke by telephone to my Israeli first cousin.  In her young days, she worked for a British military unit stationed in the region under the terms of the League of Nations Mandate for … Continue reading

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Know When to Walk Away

Know When to Walk Away And, as “the Gambler” says in the Kenny Rogers song, you’ve got to know when to run. I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s time to walk away from the Reform temple where I’ve been … Continue reading

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Putting Puzzle Pieces Together

 Putting Puzzle Pieces Together Suppose you thought that you had a past life in which you perished, by one of the methods in the Nazi repertoire, during the run-up years that culminated in the Holocaust.  I mean, suppose you entertained … Continue reading

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Did My Story Just Get Longer?

Did My Story Just Get Longer? In recent days, I’ve felt that it’s time for philosophy — the discipline, with its history and skills — to step up, as it did in days past.  To identify and negotiate the great … Continue reading

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Philosophy and Me

Philosophy and Me Goodness, who cares! you might well think, seeing the title of this column.  But isn’t that what concerns each of us, whenever we’ve been required or drawn to read some philosophy?  What about me?  How does this … Continue reading

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Zora Neale Hurston: American Talent

Zora Neale Hurston: American Talent Lately, I’ve been reading You Don’t Know Us Negroes and Other Essays by Zora Neale Hurston, Edited with an Introduction by Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Genevieve West.   This is a collection of essays … Continue reading

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Lionel and Henry: In Fact and Fiction

There is just one case I know of where two brilliant young writers published dueling short stories about each other, in which each is the protagonist and his best friend the antagonist.  Who were the writers who would do such … Continue reading

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Incurable?

 Incurable? On the whole, I don’t hold a grudge.  If I’ve been injured in some way, but the wound is either cured — or else not the kind of thing that can be patched up — that ends the incident … Continue reading

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Wedding Anniversary

Wedding Anniversary Thursday, January 20th, was the 23rd anniversary of the day Jerry and I got married.  In rabbinic tradition, God makes marriages.  In fact, that would be the chief thing He does.   I certainly wasn’t looking for a … Continue reading

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