Thursday, September 3rd, 2009
I recently had the privilege to review a soon-to-be-released film. Called Tickling Leo, it was described as a film set around the days of Yom Kippur – a contemporary drama that follows three generations of one Jewish family whose secrets threaten to wipe away its future.
Who could resist a plot like that?
One of the qualities about the Jewish culture that captivated me was the bond to family and the value of heritage – much more than I experienced in my own upbringing. While I loved my grandparents, I never felt terribly close to them, nor did I have a sense of being part of ”a people.” The same cannot be said of Jewish people. I felt it immediately when I met my in-laws, and I experienced it among friends. They all had a sense of belonging well beyond their immediate families.
But what the two cultures share, and dare I say what Western Civilization fosters, is a lack of connection to our personal histories. (more…)
Wednesday, July 15th, 2009
What can I say? I just can’t give up this blog. While The New Jew Blog focuses on all things related to interfaith nuances and conversion, this blog is about, well, life! And, as we all know, life is in the moments.
One of those moments is still with me. Last May had many a momentous occasion – Harrison’s bar mitzvah and my book publishing among them. Yet, there is one day that stands out amongst those: Mother’s Day. Harrison and Olivia always pull out the stops, and it never fails to leave me thinking, “What did I do to deserve such thoughtfulness? Olivia made me an incredible diorama of my love for the country and cattle drives. Harrison expressed himself through his recent love of filmmaking. Check out what he made for me.