Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Spinning Yarns - Hamodia

Spinning Yarns


Spinning Yarns



I’ve been noticing the word narrative in the news a lot. Taken at
face value, narrative means a particular interpretation or version of a
story. More cynically, narrative is an…


Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Wired Services - Hamodia Language Column

Wired Services

If you’ve ever visited Israel’s Knesset, you know that no good speech goes unpunished. Certainly not one as momentous as when Prime Minister Menachem Begin presented his new peace treaty…

Monday, November 10, 2014

Saluting the Sarge

Salute to a Liberator
I just called the Sarge.

He's not feeling so great; can't hear with his left ear and the right ear isn't so great either.

At EaseBut he's still sharp as a bayonet. As soon as he heard my name, he thanked me for an article about Teddy Roosevelt I sent him a few months ago. And he promised to send me a copy of another article about TR.

I asked about Veterans Day and he said he doesn't get out much anymore.

For me, talking with the Sarge is a Veteran's Day Parade!


Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Lost in Translation - Hamodia


Lost in Translation


Pull up a chair. I’ve got a story for you. It was 1974. We were living in Yerushalayim, and my parents, z”l, came for Pesach. One day,in the old…

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Dear Mrs. Shakespeare - Hamodia



Dear Mrs. Shakespeare


Dear Mrs. Shakespeare, Your son William is a bright boy and shows potential, especially in his writing assignments. We are even thinkingof asking him to work on the school…


Monday, October 06, 2014

The Fall of Comma-ism - Hamodia



The Fall of Comma-ism



Harold Ross, editor of The New Yorker, was notorious for
carpet-bombing the copy with commas. In James Thurber’s The Years With
Ross, he wrote that a professor picked up a…


Thursday, September 04, 2014

A Ner Neshamah for Steven Sotloff, Hy”d - Hamodia





A Ner Neshamah for Steven Sotloff, Hy”d


We’ve run out of words. President Obama called the Islamic State’s
beheading of Steven Sotloff, Hy”d, on Tuesday an act of “barbarism.”
Secretary of State John Kerry called it “unfathomable…