July 5, 2019

When I first planned our one-day stopover in Prague (on the way back from our two weeks visiting our two new grandchildren and their parents in Israel), I sensed that language would be an issue.  This would be my first visit to a country where I did not know the langua...

July 5, 2019

Our recent trip to Israel was unlike any other.  We boarded the plane to attend the Brit Milah of our first Israeli-born grandson, BenTzion Yedidyah, and because of it, had delayed seeing our first Israeli-born granddaughter, Talia Ariel, born on Purim and now three mo...

May 23, 2019

With Missouri following Alabama by passing a restrictive law limiting abortion to the first few weeks, and then only to save the life of the mother, a “teachable moment”  presents itself:  the view of the Jewish religion and culture.  

Jews and, as I will argu...

May 21, 2019

JMA is for me, and I am sure for you, a new addition to the Jewish acronym dictionary.  It stands for Jewish Motorcycle Alliance, and on Friday, May 17, I joined 150 Jewish bikers for a breakfast, 2-hour ride, and a concluding lunch at the Jewish Federation building wi...

February 12, 2019

In our youth, many of us did things that, looking back as adults, we are not proud of.  Perhaps we stole an inexpensive item(s) from a store, insulted someone, voiced a prejudice, or worse.  We may even smile or chuckle as we reminisce; we were kids.  But mature adults...

February 1, 2019

This past Rosh ha-Shanah, I spoke about anti-Semitism in America, and I acknowledged then that I rarely speak about it.  Of course, no one could have predicted the massacre in Pittsburgh, or anywhere else in our country.  In the aftermath of the Pittsburgh massacre, I...

November 6, 2018

None of us outside of Pittsburgh's Tree of Life Synagogue were physically killed last Shabbat; we were not among the 11.  None of us were physically wounded as were those who attended services and those heroes who responded to save lives.  None of us experienced the pa...

October 24, 2018

My father, Jerome A Gordon, arguably the most accomplished and “colorful” non-celebrity I had known or could know, passed away last week at 87, a few days after falling down a flight of stairs, and just a week after celebrating our daughter’s wedding (Ranana & Benjamin...