Journalist Daniel Kumermann and I talked about the fall of Communism, how his unfamiliarity with a fax machine nearly wrecked the Velvet Revolution, his criticisms of Vaclav Klaus, and why the world should listen to Donald Rumsfeld and prepare for unknown unknowns.
This piece originally appeared in New York Jewish Week. Nate couldn't decide what he wanted to be for Purim -- follow his heart and dress as an alien...
Throughout our own, sometimes-tumultuous relationship as adults, I still baked him butter rum cakes and hazelnut sacher brownies. Because I wanted him, always, to taste the love.
Resetting the clock, or more precisely, the calendar, has an ancient biblical precedent.
The apocalyptic story of Noah that Ari Handel and Darren Aronofsky have rendered will disturb some people -- not because it is unbiblical, but because it is a biblical vision to which they object.
On a personal level, I have let myself down so many times that I've lost count. To hope for an "improved me" seems like a childlike fantasy. I should be just telling myself: I am who I am, and that's that.
We change the climate when we lack restraint and awe, when we stop serving and guarding. Like his predecessors, Francis sees addressing and reducing climate change as a moral imperative.
Too bad Fred Phelps didn't understand that Sodom was condemned not for sodomy or homosexuality but for the sin of inhospitality and hostility to strangers. They had to answer too. Now it's Fred Phelps' turn.
In two very different surveys, Protestants who expressed more anxiety about depravity and taboo emotions ended up choosing the most creative careers and having the most creative achievements. This was not true of Catholics or Jews.
While these menu items might appear on all menus in the Jewish deli food scene -- not all delis get it right.
With Passover a few short weeks away, our thoughts naturally turn to the contributions of the chosen people to the finest pop/rock music of the past h...
The trauma caused by the Holocaust still resonates in the Jewish psyche, causing symptoms physically, emotionally, as well as in their relationships and families.
In today's world, holiday celebration is usually juxtaposed with whatever else is going on at the time. I couldn't help, but reflect on Purim in the context of technology, and I discovered that the Book of Esther is full of helpful tech tips!
I'm still awaiting word on what actually happened to Malaysia Airlines Flight #370. While there will be those who find the 'miraculous' story of the man who didn't get on that flight because of his Shomer Shabbos travel agent to be inspirational, I remain troubled by its message.
On Wednesday, March 12, the Knesset forever changed the shape of Israeli society by passing a law that will conscript most Haredi (Ultra-Orthodox) young men into the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) starting in 2017.
On this night I just can't help but offer my two cents to the asshole whose blatantly anti-Semitic, homophobic slurs begin to radiate throughout the space where I so calmly and coolly am drinking a semi-local brew on my night off.