King, Heschel: Fast Friends and Activists

King, Heschel: Fast Friends and Activists

Ten days before he was murdered, Martin Luther King Jr. addressed the convention of the Rabbinical Assembly, the gathering of rabbis from the Conservative Movement (denomination). He came at the invitation of Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel. The two men had become fast...
When Adults Don’t Outgrow Childhood ‘Cooties’

When Adults Don’t Outgrow Childhood ‘Cooties’

It was third or fourth grade, and it just was not cool to like members of the opposite sex. There were a few long-time friends with whom we could interact somewhat privately, but otherwise no contact was permissible. They had cooties. You probably know variations....
How Flexible Are Your Family’s Rituals?

How Flexible Are Your Family’s Rituals?

I was reading an article about how turkeys became the traditional main dish for Thanksgiving. It turns out that food historians (it’s actually a thing) believe that some kind of waterfowl or pigeons was part of the original Thanksgiving meal. Turkeys were introduced...
Smells Like Better Times

Smells Like Better Times

The sense of smell is often relegated to secondary status among the others. But it has two characteristics that set it apart from sight, hearing, taste and touch. First, smells tend to linger even after the stimulus has been removed. Second, smell can trigger memories...