Month: February 2020

Remember That Man

Does anyone you know speak in a bass tone? Does that make them more likely to enjoy bass fishing? That’s a ridiculous question. In English, we don’t expect words that have two meanings to be related. In Hebrew, however, homographs like these are significant.  For example,  males have the responsibility to retain national memory.  Hebrew...

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After the Crisis, Time to Fall Apart

A ‘Your Mother’s Guidance’ post by Rebecca Masinter Genesis  46:29 has the most tear-jerking scene of all time, the reunion of Jacob and Joseph.  We all remember the story. Joseph harnessed his chariot and went up to meet his father, and when they met he threw himself upon his father’s neck. The verse says that...

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Psst! Want to Join a Conspiracy?

I don’t want to be responsible for starting a new conspiracy theory, but have you noticed something strange about the language that newspapers are using when talking about Bernie Sanders’ campaign?  Democrats can certainly be concerned that his decades-long socialist leanings might not be acceptable to many Americans. That is a valid and reasonable point...

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Like a Big Pizza Pie

Before I tell you about a big yellow full moon hanging low in the sky on a balmy summer evening, I have to tell you about a letter I recently received. Dear Rabbi Lapin, I have followed you and taken your advice on my marriage and my business for seven years now.  I owe you...

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A Mother’s Message: Hannah Nixon’s Foreign Policy Advice

It all comes back to mothers, doesn’t it? In a poem published twenty years before the birth of Hannah Milhous Nixon, poet William Ross Wallace wrote these words, “For the hand that rocks the cradle Is the hand that rules the world.” Yet, he might well have been talking of President Richard Nixon’s mother. I...

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