August 20, 2015 |
Don't be upset - it's only an earring," my husband said to me. He surely meant well, but it was not what I needed to hear. Sitting at an outdoor party at our daughter's house on a perfect summer night, I'd absently reached up to straighten my hair and instantly felt an absence. Where an earring had been was a bare space. My late mother's tiny clip-ons with the blue-green stones that matched her eyes were now reduced from a pair to a singleton. Neither of us ever had the courage to pierce our ears, and that always posed the ever-present danger of slippage.
March 25, 2015
THIS WEEKEND we went to a bat mitzvah. For many black families, this peek into Jewish tradition is culture shock. For the Joneses? It's old hat. We've been to so many bat mitzvahs that LaVeta is starting to hum along to the tunes. Little Solomon has started checking out the young men's yarmulkes. And Eve? Well, she's 13, so she's eyeing the bat mitzvah benefits. Having been to three bat mitzvahs so far, Eve has come to understand that girls her age who become "bat mitzvah" have the same rights as adults, are morally responsible for their actions and, best of all, get lots and lots of stuff.
October 23, 2014 |
Rabbi Deborah Waxman leafed through her mail before unwrapping a small orange, the punch line to a fabled Jewish myth. As it went, a rabbi once teased that a woman rabbi was like an orange on a ceremonial seder plate used during Passover. Neither belonged. The orange was a sly affirmation from a friend, mailed to Waxman as a symbol of the history she made by becoming the first woman and the first lesbian to lead a major movement of Judaism. Waxman, 47, took over in January as head of the Reconstructionist movement and president of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in Wyncote, the movement's seminary.
April 2, 2014 |
They stood at the lectern to talk about the rabbi who had strengthened their connection to Judaism despite what some may call obstacles. Todd Shotz is gay. Ashlee Check isn't particularly observant. Both say Rabbi Seymour Rosenbloom helped them carve out their own way of being Jewish. Now the rabbi who has led Congregation Adath Jeshurun in Elkins Park for 36 years is retiring, in part, he says, because he doesn't want to stand in the way of a synagogue and a faith tradition in transition.
November 7, 2013 |
TATTLE is constantly railing on the entertainment industry's desperate need to remake properties that don't need remaking - either because they're perfect the way they were or . . . they don't need remaking. Remakes make sense only if the new technology allows for a better movie or if the first one didn't work. "Psycho"? The first one worked fine. "Sabrina"? Because you're going to improve upon Humphrey Bogart , Audrey Hepburn and William Holden directed by Billy Wilder ?
May 26, 2013
With a hand, dressed for success Just because we see a man wearing a suit doesn't mean that he has a job, a place to live, a change of clothes, or money in his pockets. We met many like this at St. John's Hospice in Center City, while serving lunch recently. They are among the many homeless in a country that was founded on the proposition that all men are created equal. Yet there are haves and have-nots, so this is not the America that our forefathers created. People still go hungry in the City of Brotherly Love - in warm weather as well as in winter.
March 28, 2012 |
It was a simple walk from her seat to the front of the Society for the Advancement of Judaism, a New York City synagogue. But when 12-year-old Judith Kaplan was summoned by her rabbi father to read from her Bible and recite some blessings, the act was revolutionary. On a March Saturday in 1922, two years after women in America got the right to vote, Rabbi Mordecai M. Kaplan broke tradition. He had, in essence, held a coming-of-age ceremony for his daughter, what boys at 13 had celebrated for centuries.
March 28, 2012
In celebration of the bat mitzvah's 90th anniversary this year, we asked readers for their memories, and we got a heap. We heard from women ranging in age from 88 to 14, with bat mitzvahs dating from 1953 to 2011. Some were funny, others poignant, a few regretful, many joyful. To all our readers who shared, thank you (and mazel tov!) Back in 1970, girls were relegated to second-class status. We conducted the Friday night service, but there was no Saturday Torah reading for us. That was OK, but I was exceedingly jealous of my male counterparts who got lavish Saturday evening parties - with live bands!
March 14, 2012
Whether you celebrated in 1922 or 2012, we want to hear your most vivid bat mitzvah memory. Did you take a tumble carrying the Torah? Get a kiss from the cutest boy in your class? Or break into a nervous sweat while on the bimah? Please e-mail your story in fewer than 150 words (include full name, town, and the year of your bat mitzvah) by Monday to email@example.com , and we may include it in a story about the 90th anniversary of this rite of passage.
March 10, 2012 |
For the first 16 years of his legal career, Jeffrey Abramowitz was apparently an honest, if modestly compensated, personal injury and real estate lawyer. He contributed to his synagogue and was the go-to guy when family and friends needed a lawyer. Then he started stealing. From his sister after her house burned down, from a friend of 30 years injured in a car accident, and from a Korean immigrant couple who ended up losing their home and business. He stole from his law partner.