Just as the echos of virtual shofars were fading around the country, so was the life of a true American hero. And while her body of flesh and bone could hold on no longer, her body of work and her life’s spirit will live on, and we can only pray that a President Biden will have the honor of naming her replacement. We must commit ourselves to that fight in order to honor her memory and her last dying request. As Michelle Goldman of the New York Times said so well, “It doesn’t matter how exhausted we are, or how difficult the odds. In this hell-spawned year, we can either give up, or give everything we can to stop some of America’s worst men from blotting out the legacy of one of our very best women.”
While I am truly saddened today, I am also hopeful a new year will bring some goodness and health and happiness to you all! So, in the spirit of the new year, here is the weekly Jew news for your review:
– Has rapper Professor Griff of Public Enemy atoned for his anti-semitic remarks? Frankly, I don’t care, but if you do, read more about it!
– High holiday swag? You bet! Synagogues getting creative by using gift boxes delivered to congregants to keep them in the fold.
– Where are the women diplomats in peace negotiations? A gender view on the art (or lack there of) of diplomacy.
– After WWII, Jewish Warsaw crumbled. But not in this father’s life and memory. An interesting piece about indelible memories of Jewish life in Warsaw.
– From chicken plucker to soda jerk, a nostalgic piece on what kids did for money way back when – I was once a short order cook, so this one brought back some of my own cooking memories!
– Dear Bintel this week features a husband who is sick of his wife (a converted jew) slamming their Jewish life in front of the in-laws. What to do? My advice, forget whatever the Talmud says, and just dump her.
– On Life: Is God felt more easily through music? Well, the hills are alive with the sound of music, so maybe it’s true?
Th-th-th-that’s all folks!
And hey, let’s be careful out there.
Brad out. https://assets.forward.com/pdfs/ShabbatNL-091820.pdf