Tag: Jews

#SNL40: Freedom Means the Ability to Laugh at Yourself

Laughing lowers blood pressure, which reduces risk of strokes and heart attacks. Laughter reduces stress hormone levels. It’s a fun abdominal workout. It improves heart health, boosts T cells and triggers the release of endorphins. And laughter produces a general sense of well-being. Recently, I wrote an essay with my rabbi on the power of laughing at yourself. Our religion… Read more →

Too Close to Home: Attacks on French Jews

After women shopping for their Shabbat meals were gunned down in a kosher supermarket in Paris, 5,000 police officers have been dispatched to secure Jewish schools and synagogues throughout France. A unity rally in Paris rallied around the Jewish community. It’s as if it’s happening to me. Here. Now. To us. Although I have lived my entire life as an American… Read more →

A Very Jewish Christmas

My grandfather used to sit in front of the TV on Christmas Eve, watching Midnight Mass in Rome, the Pope orchestrating one of the holiest services of the church year. My first-generation American grandfather, whose parents were cousins from a shtetl in Poland, who just a few hours later would rise to start a new day, wrapping tefillin around his arm and… Read more →