The Wit and Wisdom of Yogi Berra
Baseball and Football

The Wit and Wisdom of Yogi Berra

“Yogi-isms” — the unique unforgettable sayings of Yogi Berra — are funny,wise, and witty, not silly, as many people who feel superior and laugh at them think.

Contrasting Totally Different Creation Stories in Genesis
Religion, spirituality, and Jewish life

Contrasting Totally Different Creation Stories in Genesis

Genesis contains two Creation stories that are totally different.

Which Engineers Built the Better Mousetrap?
Guest Blogs and Posts

Which Engineers Built the Better Mousetrap?

A tour of undergraduate engineering schools with his daughter Shira inspired guest bloggrer David Braiterman to write this humorous riff on professional engineers.

You Shall Write Them on the Doorposts of Thy House
Religion, spirituality, and Jewish life

You Shall Write Them on the Doorposts of Thy House

Consecrating my friend’s new house by putting up a “mezuzah,” and going through the brief dedication ceremony, was a spiritual experience for both of us.

How Good Was Judy Garland?  Better That That!
Film, TV, and the Arts

How Good Was Judy Garland? Better That That!

Judy Garland sang as well as anybody, connected to emotional the core of a song better than anybody, danced toe to toe with Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire, and was a great dramatic actress,

Modernity Waters Down the Jewish Sabbath’s Holiness
Religion, spirituality, and Jewish life

Modernity Waters Down the Jewish Sabbath’s Holiness

Modernity forces compromises in Jewish Sabbath observance that water down the spiritual separation between the sacred time and the everyday week.

Great Jewish Criminals, Then and Now
Religion, spirituality, and Jewish life

Great Jewish Criminals, Then and Now

Jews in America have achieved greatness in crime, as they have in all fields. But in the immigrant generation, Old World Jewish social norms and family structure led to less crime, alcoholism, and family violence than other immigrant groups.

Did Greta Garbo Go Wilder in “Ninotchka”
Film, TV, and the Arts

Did Greta Garbo Go Wilder in “Ninotchka”

Billy Wilder, who co-wrote the screenplay for “Ninotchka,” Greta Garbo’s only comedy, said it has “the [producer/director Ernst] Lubitsch touch.” I say it has the Wilder touch.

Movies I Watch an Infinite Number of Times and Don’t Get Bored
Film, TV, and the Arts

Movies I Watch an Infinite Number of Times and Don’t Get Bored

Because I get Turner Classic Movies (TCM), and have a Digital Video Recorder (DVR), I have an unusually long list of movies I’ve seen a million times, all different genres, and never get tired of. Do they all have anything in common?

Recovering from Loss in Stages with Support – Like Jews Do
Religion, spirituality, and Jewish life

Recovering from Loss in Stages with Support – Like Jews Do

Examining how Jews recover from loss — so similar to the principles of modern grief counseling — might suggest new strategies and tools that non-Jews as well as Jews can create for their individual personalities, situations, and needs.

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