505 Yards


One week after what was a very painful loss in Super Bowl 52 if you are a Patriots fan, there is a single statistic that sticks with me. Tom Brady passed for 505 yards, 3 touchdowns, and no interceptions—and still lost.

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Love


Last Shabbat I was in Jerusalem for my mother in law’s first yartzeit. We were gathered together in my father in law’s apartment in Jerusalem, about 35 close friends and family. It was a year to the day later. She died on 2 Kislev 5777. Here we are, together, on 2 Kislev 5778. My father in law’s apartment is filled with pictures of my mother in law. All the furniture, all the dishes, all the art work, are all her. But she is not there.

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Gritty Not Glossy


Have you ever gotten one of those holiday cards that show other people’s seemingly perfect lives? A woman named Ruth Whippman tells of the time that she received a holiday card from a family that was just beautiful. She describes it as a brochure, in color, of a large family that had five children, each sparkling and gleaming and oh so happy.

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Rosie’s Paradox


Can we ever really understand another person? Your colleague at work, your fellow student in the classroom, the person you sit next do in shul, your soccer teammate, your dance partner, your fellow actor on stage, your own beloved family members—do we ever really understand what makes another person tick?

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Basket of Trips


I love it when a short story has a fabulously evocative title. That is why I was particularly drawn to one short story in the marvelous collection of short stories by Elizabeth Strout called Olive Kitteridge. The short story that intrigued me is entitled Basket of Trips.

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Talk To


The late great Lubavitcher Rebbe, Menachem Mendel Schneerson, forever changed the Jewish world with a single idea. Send a Chabad emissary, a sheliach, a rabbi and his wife and their children, to the four corners of the universe, to places where Jews did not live.

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