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Insecure & Invisible: R'ei 5775 by Cantor Lipp

Mon, 08/17/2015 - 9:53am -- lcanfield

I get the Economist each week and usually, Hebrew-style, read it from the back forward. First the Obituary, then books, then science and technology and sometimes I even make it to the front of the magazine to see what they think editorially.

A recent edition had an obit for a man who had been dead for two years already. I’ve never seen one like it:

Where Have I Been?: Eikev 5775 by Cantor Lipp

Mon, 08/17/2015 - 9:52am -- lcanfield

In the recent film Mr. Holmes, very cute Roger looks at himself in the mirror; his mother asks him why. He says he wants to see whether he can figure out where he’s been. What clues would someone like Sherlock Holmes pick up on to prove what he had been doing earlier in the day? His mother suggests he probably knows where he’s been without having to look in the mirror.

The Four Ampersands of the Apocalypse: VaEtchanan 5775 by Cantor Lipp

Thu, 08/06/2015 - 9:22am -- lcanfield

Today was Tu B’Av, sort of a Jewish Valentine’s day or Sadie Hawkin’s day. It was ruined for me by two separate attacks of religious and nationalist extremists in Israel that were deeply disturbing. Aside from the horrifying nature of the attacks at the gay pride parade in Jerusalem and the arson of a Palestinian home resulting in the death of a baby, there was another common denominator. 

The Four Questions: B'Haalot'cha 5775 by Cantor Lipp

Mon, 06/08/2015 - 10:28am -- lcanfield

I normally wouldn’t go to a film about Cinderella but the one recently made was directed by Kenneth Branagh and featured Cate Blanchett as the evil step-mother. I couldn’t resist. Also, our Music Festival guest of a couple of years ago, Zina Goldrich, just had her musical Ever After open at the Paper Mill Playhouse this past week on it’s way, we hope, to Broadway.

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