To say that I’m a picky eater would be a gross understatement.
I didn’t eat bananas until I was 25, I didn’t eat avocados until a few years later, and I generally steer well clear of condiments and sauces. It was so real that as I kid I would set up “barrier rice” on my plate to keep juices and sauces from contaminating the pristine rice on the other side of my plate. I liked, and continue to like, what I like, and I can’t help it: I...Read More
On September 11, 2001 I was one whole week into my professional career. I was an assistant teacher in a day school, had recently spent a very hot Labor Day weekend in Burlington, Vermont, and was a few months removed from returning from Israel and the Second Intifada. After a year spent in Israel that was punctuated by a litany of terror attacks and suicide bombings all over the country, including the horrific Dolphinarium attack the week before I left, coming home to the safety of...Read More
We had quite a juicy reading last week from Deuteronomy, full of laws about warfare, clothing, discipline, plowing, and marital regulations. As usual, some of the laws seem archaic and others seem downright intolerant, but remember the era from which these laws emerged- it was much different than Boston of 2014.
Moving past the prohibitions of using oxen and donkeys together, and the ban of blending wool and linen in clothing, Ki Tetze ends with a forceful reminder. We are told, again, about t...Read More
I’m not one of those parents who celebrate Back-To-School time- I love summer, hanging out with my kids more often, and not making lunches every morning. Sending them back to school dovetails with my own work schedule going from laid-back to crazy, so it’s a double kind of disappointment that can be at least partially addressed by enjoying some adult beverages.
And whaddaya know, this year we have a happy coincidence of back-to-school melancholy and Elul introspectio...Read More
Fighting For The Champions League And Fighting In Self-Defense: Maccabi Tel Aviv and Maccabi Haifa In A Troubling Week For Israeli Soccer
It’s that time of year again, the time of year when lower-level soccer clubs across Europe are fighting for Champions League qualification. While the top-flight European league place their top finishers right into the group stage, the domestic champions of nations like Kazakhstan, Romania, Azerbaijan, Slovakia, and, yes, Israel, have to make their way through a handful of qualifying rounds in order to win the right to play in the Champions League come fall. By the end of August, 10 small ma...Read More
Thursday was an odd day, a day in which I fought with National Grid (and won), played a basketball game against a team of kids half my age (and lost), and generally cringed whenever I looked at the news. I also ran, got my bike fixed, tried to sell my car, went to work, had two kids go to the doctor, and had one kid step on a nail. And there was definitely more.
Despite my adventures around town, I will never forget when Twitter went bezerk when the plane went down over Ukraine,...Read More
Until Friday, I had never heard of Earth To Echo. But I saw the title pop up on the Moviefone app, watched the trailer with a few of my kids, and on a sparkly July afternoon I headed off to Woburn and took three of them to see it.
What a good decision. Beyond the new leather recliners in the theater, the movie was a total win. It’s a movie about adolescence and hope, alienation and friendship, life and adventure, all seen through the eyes, smartphones, and videoc...Read More
In my house, there’s always someone in preschool. We’re staring down the barrel of year number eight in a row of non-overlapping preschool years, with another four, at least, coming up. The good news is that it’s on the way to work and convenient for me. The bad news is that preschool keeps getting more expensive. Obviously there’s an easy way to solve that problem—stop having kids!—but clearly we weren’t into that approach. So no need to p...Read More
If you know me, you know I love brisket.
I’ve written about it, I’ve bought the expensive Whole Foods variety, I’ve bought the cheaper Market Basket variety, and I’ve been alarmed at the recent brisket shortage due to Arby’s… but now I’ve really done it.Read More
There’s nothing like a good crisis to change the course of history.
Case in point, David Kalis, who witnessed the collapse of the Soviet Union while on a month-long trip to Leningrad, and ended up staying for another two-plus years as the country transitioned into a quasi-kleptocratic, Mafia-flavored, not-so-capitalist nascent state. His new book, Vodka Shot, Pickle Chaser, takes the reader on a wild ride through those heady times.
As we follow the author through his ti...Read More