Priorities and Charity: A lesson in humanity

Even when all that defines us is stripped away, one thing remains–the ability to help others. In extending a hand to another we save ourselves as well.

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Anniversaries

On March 25th 1943, Ovadya and his family arrived at Birkenau. His mother Malka and his sister Miryam were gassed on arrival. At seventeen, Ovadya had already outlived his world, though he was as yet unaware of it. His survival was to cost him dearly. On March 25th 2014, his story was officially released into the world. His promises to the dead were fulfilled and he had witnessed their fulfillment.

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Goodreads Giveaway! Enter to win a copy of A Damaged Mirror

Enter Goodreads Giveaway Drawing to win a free copy of A Damaged Mirror.

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A Damaged Mirror: Kindle Countdown Promotion!

In honor of Purim, the Kindle edition of A Damaged Mirror will be on sale at reduced prices from Sunday to Friday, starting at $0.99!

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A New Sanhedrin: A step forward or a leap backward?

We’re used to hearing that this or that halakhic impasse can be resolved only by the authority of a new Sanhedrin. The problem of course is that a Sanhedrin cannot be set up without a unanimous decision of all the “greats” of a single generation–something that is unlikely to happen in the near future. But is re-establishing the Sanhedrin really such a great idea, even if it were doable?

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Parashat Vayikra: Guilt and Closure

This week’s Parashah, though couched in a terminology that may seem unfamiliar to modern ears, deals with issues that are topical for every age–issues of guilt and redress, wrong-doing and atonement. What is especially striking is that these issues are first brought up in the Torah in the context of unwitting transgression. The focus throughout this first parasha of Vayikra is on mistakes and cases of doubt. There is an important message in this: we seldom know for sure if what we’re doing is wrong. And yet, only one who can acknowledge responsibility for his past actions is in a position to change his future actions.

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To be a Memory: Excerpt from A Damaged Mirror

It is a strange thing, to be a memory…. I write from a moment in my own past—from within my memories. In fact, I realize that I am my memories. I am everything that I remember up to this point in my life. I drift between the past and the future—living and dreaming and thinking in the past, but writing in my own future.

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Incident on Line 409

Listening to Sufi oud and flute,
Thinking mellow Sufi thoughts as I code html.
The bones inside the book.
Suddenly, a sharp jab!
I stop, afraid to look too closely at the wound….

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Havel Havelim Blog Carnival: Of Springtime, T’fillin, and Politics as Usual

This week’s havel havelim covers everything from the t’fillin controversy to pictorial love letters to Israel, all with a healthy dose of optimism.

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Print edition on the way!

Freedom of the press belongs to those who own one. Indeed! But first, one must upload the files. A Damaged Mirror enters the final stage of publication, as Shmuel the Glazier learns how to be a professional layout artist and typesetter.

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