Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Eating My Words: Muphry’s Law - Hamodia

In the first of these trips around the words, I quoted an essay by E.B. White. Reminiscing about when he revised William Strunk’s book, The Elements of Style, White wrote:…

Thursday, December 04, 2014

It’s Over - Hamodia

It's Over

It’s Over

I’m not a numbers person. The only thing for which I am indebted to the Arabs is coffee. Except for phone numbers, dates and prices, I rarely use numerals. I…

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…