All posts by sarke

  • Yesterday’s Gone, Yesterday’s Gone: Facing Tomorrow One More Time

    I have been thinking about tomorrow, and not just because they told me not to stop. Actually, as historian Niall Ferguson noted at Jerusalem’s recent...

  • Three Rabbis Walked Into a Bar…

    Is there a “mitzvah” to be environmentally aware? Are Internet affairs the same as regular ones, in the Jewish view? How’s a Jew supposed to...

  • TEDx Talpiot (Or: Very Smart People Doing Something Huge for the World)

    A world renowned physicist, a brilliant bio-tech founder, and a celebrated science biographer walk into a Hillel house… and raise the bar. The recent TEDx...

  • Wanted: Your Small Change

    It’s a funny thing about sarcasm and writers / artists: Often it’s only on paper. Meaning, razor edged wit is a weapon of choice, but...

  • Change the Conversation

    It’s time we changed the conversation, like Bret Stephens does in this great clip. (HT: Elie Klein.) While I am proud to be part of...

  • Get the Hell Out of…My Face

    Here’s the thing. I’ve been thinking about poor Helen Thomas, who I believe was probably just saying what everyone thinks and has therefore been made a...

  • We are the World (in Blue and White)

    Prof. Linda Allen contacted Shlock Rock’s Lenny Solomon’s at the beginning of last year. She had heard his original composition, Ani Yehudi (lit: “I Am...

  • Shmini

    I know this isn’t supposed to be an artsy poetry blog. I am meant to be irreverant and hip, or as much of those as...

  • Psalm for the Sabbath, 2.0

    Just in case you missed it on Twitter or Facebook, tomorrow (March 20th) has been declared the National Day of Unplugging by Reboot, a “a growing...

  • Stressing re: Cross-Dressing

    “Please: Do *not* send pix. Really.” It’s been about a week since Purim, but I am still thinking about my broad shouldered and hairy (male) neighbors...

  • Big in J.A.P.an

    (Cross-posted at my blog) (…Tx for teaching me protocol, V.) Travel literature (or film), when boiled down to its essence, is almost always about some combination...

  • On J.A.P.s, Journeys, Maccabees, and Cable TV

    I just finished reading a great and entertaining memoir  by Lisa Fineberg Cook, a self-aware, spoiled, very smart and funny Jewish girl from LA who...

  • Suburbadox Paradox: Something Larger, Tiny Place

    Months ago, I e-mailed a friend (let’s call him Earl) about who-remembers-what. Earl is also a writer, and in addition, works in photography, film, and...

  • In the Beginning…There was Fall.

    Now the year gets serious. And stays that way for about 5 months. In Israel, The Day After Sukkot, until about Purim, is the window...

  • To Do (Tomorrow): Have a Happy New Year

    The New Year’s wishes fill my inbox and the apple crumble is cooling, but I’m not that ready, and I’m not that into it. A...