Category Archives: Eternity

Is Beauty for the Birds?

Is Beauty for the Birds? We set up our deck fountain fairly late this summer and — as a result, it seemed – no birds came.  For weeks, they just stayed away.  This was very disappointing, since we watch them … Continue reading

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The Meaning of Meaninglessness

I’m reading a book by a philosopher named Susan Wolf about the meaning of life.  Or rather, about the importance of meaning in a good life. What prompts such a book? you may ask.  Susan Wolf explains that philosophers have … Continue reading

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Overheard at the Café

Overheard at the Café  Among the rewards of my composing this column at the café where I’m what the French call an habituée, is that I get to overhear scenes from other people’s real lives.  The café meets my need to … Continue reading

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Love Stories

Love Stories Just now I am reading a book Jerry got me, titled, Love in the Western World.  Translated from the French, it’s by a guy named Denis de Rougement.  With a name like that, and a title like that, … Continue reading

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My Grandfather, Rav Tsair

*Erratum: The location of the Archives for Hebrew Union College/Jewish Institute of Religion is Cincinnati, not Cleveland.* My Grandfather, Rav Tsair  I almost never think about him.  He died when I was about ten, when other supports of a safe … Continue reading

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The Thrill of Admiration

  The Thrill of Admiration These days I’m reading Jacob Howland’s wonderful book about Plato’s Republic, the great dialogue that shows how hard it is to teach virtue in the political arena. At the same time, I’m mentally settling down … Continue reading

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My Grandfather, Rav Tsair

My Grandfather, Rav Tsair  I almost never think about him.  He died when I was about ten, when other supports of a safe childhood were also falling away.   The destiny of a young girl loomed just around the corner, with … Continue reading

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