Posts & Sermons

Kvetching Through the Desert

By TBM | May 28, 2020 |

While Standing (Six Feet Apart) on One Leg May 28, 2020 The Jewish festival of Shavuot begins this evening. In case you are unfamiliar with the holiday, it lands on the 50th day after Passover begins. It is the time of the first harvest, the time of the giving of the Torah, and the season…

Stumbling Blocks and Zombies

By TBM | May 21, 2020 |

While Standing (Six Feet Apart) On One Leg May 21, 2020 I went to the race track once and bet on a horse. No, really, I did.  In fact, I learned to read the racesheet, compared the track conditions to the track conditions the horses were used to running in, looked for other characteristics and…

Imagination Rules

By TBM | May 18, 2020 |

While Standing (Six Feet Apart) On One Leg May 18, 2020 Of all the Zoom conferences I had in the past two months, I had a most unusual one last night with my colleagues from Camp Erin. Camp Erin, if you don’t know, is a nation camp movement and my local camp a 2 day…

A Psychology Lesson

By TBM | May 15, 2020 |

While Standing (Six Feet Apart) On One Foot May 15 – Erev Shabbat   It’s interesting that I haven’t really put pen to paper to do my sorta-daily blog. I was talking about this with one of my children and she said something interesting – ‘You are the only one putting pressure on yourself to…

Rushing Out

By TBM | May 6, 2020 |

While Standing (Six Feet Apart) on One Foot May 6, 2020 Much to Stella’s chagrin, I have totally taken over my corner of the office with computers and audio equipment. As all of us are finding out, working from home takes up a lot of space. It is but one of the inconveniences of this…

All the Time in the World

By TBM | May 2, 2020 |

While Standing (Six Feet Apart) On One Foot May 2, 2020   I have been correctly characterized as ‘hyperactive.’ It was a huge problem in primary school and It was made worse because, back then, a lot people thought hyperactivity was some kind of intellectual deficiency. (In fact, the school psychologists even gave me an…

The Chutzpah of Kaddish

By TBM | April 29, 2020 |

While Standing (Six Feet Apart) On One Foot April 29   We have all been touched by death in past couple of months. One way or the other it has penetrated our homes and our consciousness. We are subject to daily death counts and the polls of those who are sick. And even though the…

Where Real Strength Lies

By TBM | April 23, 2020 |

While Standing (Six Feet Apart) On One Foot April 23, 2020   It’s starting to hit home now for a lot of people. As disastrous as the virus is, I have not heard of too many people who have acquired it in my own circle. That is now starting to change.   I just this…

Comment Ca Va?

By TBM | April 20, 2020 |

While Standing (On One Foot) Six Feet Apart April 20, 2020   The pandemic is having an interesting effect on me. Yes my hair is growing too long…but Stella wants to attack me with clippers. We will see how that goes. Yes, I am reading a lot. (I finally am getting close to finishing a…


By TBM | April 17, 2020 |

While Standing (Six Feet Apart) On One Foot Erev Shabbat April 17, 2020 A little history. Between about 1300 and 1850 the world experienced what is now called a ‘Little Ice Age.’ It is exactly what it sounds like. Throughout the world there was simply no escape from the cold in places where winter occurs.…

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