You may think it strange for a rabbi to mourn a celebrity's death, but no one said emotions are rational - yet I indulge myself a moment of sadness at the news that Prince Rodgers Nelson has died.
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I wanted this poem to reflect that sometimes-jarring feeling of love and remembrance, past and present, what could have been and what is.
When my brother Jerry died, the questions were not just where to sit shiva or for how long. They were more fundamental: Should I sit shiva for my non-Jewish brother at all?
Everyone has a story to tell. Maybe it’s a story about our parents. Maybe it’s a story about how we grew up or what happened to us as adults.
The most remarkable thing of all was how much he looked like my father.
Walking the dozen blocks to work through Manhattan, there was an eerie quiet on the street. Even the kids bounding to P.S. 116, the nearby public school, seemed subdued… or maybe it was just in my mind.
Overnight, an enormous American flag was hung in the
The grief of the past few days has been unimaginable. Many of us are torn between watching and listening to the 24/7 onslaught of media coverage and the desire to turn off everything imaginable and run away into a world where horrific events could never ever