And The Winner Is…

February 15, 2023

As the clock ran out on the Eagles’ last play of the game, after the Chiefs’ kicker sent the ball sailing through the goalpost for the winning field goal, our eldest turned to us and said, “You know, the real winner of the Super Bowl is that mom.”  She was referring to Donna Kelce, who received some media attention for the half-Chiefs half- Eagles jacket she wore to support her two sons, … Read more

Persimmons and Willow Oaks

February 7, 2023

I was delighted to see friends from all around Metro Atlanta at the Tu B’Shevat tree planting in Wade Walker Park on Sunday, and honored to offer a teaching and kavanah, intention, before we began our work. While there isn’t a blessing to recite upon planting a tree, I shared Rebbe Nachman’s prayer (below). The weather was perfect and, with the help of experts and veteran volunteers from Trees Atlanta and JCAN-GA, … Read more

Janniversaries

January 31, 2023

It’s difficult to believe it’s been 3 weeks since I posted any news here. I can’t really explain why—I suppose I could offer the excuse that I have limited use of my “mouse hand,” but this would be disingenuous. The splint protecting my right CMC joint is definitely a help not a hindrance. Perhaps the best I can do is acknowledge that January blew through here like a Nor’easter. One day we … Read more

Returning to Resurgens

January 10, 2023

I thought my relationship with Resurgens Orthopaedics would be more of an affair than a long-term thing. I was wrong.  You may remember the story of how it all started. Perhaps you read about the incident involving two dogs, one leash, a fire hydrant and Hailey, which I blogged about twice: after the fall, when I believed I was healing, and after my first visit with Dr. Dantuluri. Throughout the fall and … Read more

Who’s In & Who’s Out?

January 5, 2023

“The only really interesting questions are the unanswerable ones.” —Jacob Needleman I’m not sure why I’ve been vexed lately by the question of why human beings seem so invested in deciding who is in our group and who is the “other.”  Maybe it’s the seemingly endless rounds of voting to choose the Speaker of the House. Maybe it’s the approach of the anniversary of the attack on the Capitol, stirring up memories … Read more

Reading Roundup

December 29, 2022

Here it is: a post about this year’s reading challenge, which has become an annual end-of-year tradition that I hope functions as both a celebration of reading and an inspiration to set reading goals for the coming year. As I’ve written in previous years: Reading is fundamental to my well-being. Challenging myself to read a book-a-week and to read a greater variety of books brings me joy, along with a sense of … Read more

Just Before Daybreak

December 23, 2022

“I’m always thinking about creating. My future starts when I wake up in the morning and see the light.” —Miles Davis After walking Henry (in the 12-degrees-with-the-wind-feels-like-2-degrees-weather) today, I curled up next to him on the couch with my coffee and began my morning ritual, which includes reading the Daily Dose of Talmud and opening the Compassion Today app to read the quote of the day and news from the Daily Good. … Read more

Bringing Forth the Light

December 20, 2022

One Hebrew expression for the publication of a book is l’hotzee l’or, literally, “to bring it to light,” although most speakers of modern Hebrew would use the word l’farsem. This Hebrew word also means to publicize, and it may have come into modern Hebrew by way of the Aramaic expression pirsuma neisa, to publicize the miracle, which is how the ancient sages refer to one of the essential observances of Hanukkah. (See … Read more

Love your student as yourself

December 12, 2022

You’ve probably heard the adage that elementary school teachers love children, high school teachers love their subject, and university professors love themselves. I suppose there’s a kernel of truth to this, but I’m going to push back a bit and suggest that it’s even more important for high school and university teachers to love our students. Even before the pandemic, many teenagers and young adults in the United States were struggling with … Read more

Kaddish of the Rabbis

December 8, 2022

Yesterday at 1:15 PM, students, teachers and alumni from the Jewish Theological Seminary gathered in New York City and on Zoom to observe the 5th yahrzeit (anniversary of the death) of Rabbi Neil Gillman, may his memory be a blessing. I was teaching at The Weber School in Atlanta, and when class ended at 1:30 PM, I ducked into the faculty lounge and logged on from my phone. Sitting on the couch … Read more