live parking

Somehow, between the 5 year-old grandson and his very big almost-14 year old sister, over the course of Rosh Hashanah, the question arose about why a park, where you run around, has the same name as the verb “to park”, as in, to stop running around. The little one came up with some convoluted ideas; the … More live parking

Cleaning up dignity

Today, the day after Tisha B’Av, you see all the laundry that people haven’t done since before Shabbat or even before the previous week, hanging out in all its glory. We in the West have learned not to expose our laundry of any kind, whether clean or dirty. But here in Tzfat, in particular, but … More Cleaning up dignity

it’s possible

I heard an audio post about “Hebrew mistakes that make Israelis cringe”. I won’t judge whether they’re reasonable or not; I’ll just try to avoid them as much as possible. But the advice that he offered was to use the phrase אפשר as much as possible. Is it possible? I mean, it means “Is it possible?” … More it’s possible

how to sighn a thank-you note after a funeral

Yup–that’s what I googled. Don’t worry–it auto-corrected. I tried to get many of the acknowledgment notes written today, and it’s just hard to concentrate for too long. Of course, I could easily write the same note to everyone, and for some, I did just that (except neighbors–they might compare. Paranoia is always based on something). … More how to sighn a thank-you note after a funeral

catching the waves

Perhaps just as important as going through the day of Yom Kippur, with all its introspection, is the wrap-up afterwards. After all, what’s the good of a heshbon hanefesh, “accounting of the soul”, without a follow-through? (See this for a discussion how the Mussar movement made this a daily activity). So what do I remember now? … More catching the waves