Category Archives: November 2019


So we’re not going to Ireland this year. It’s OK. I’m getting over it. Resources in my household are stretched thin, and some recent developments threaten to stretch them thinner yet. This means a planned (as in daydreamed about, but not actually booked) trip to the Emerald Isle will remain a dream deferred. In preparation for said dream I read ... Read More »


A humble person sees the essential dignity and value of others. In religious terms, humility stems from an awareness of the unmet personal potential for each person who is created in the image of G-d. Rabbi Israel Salanter, the master teacher of Mussar, Jewish ethics, taught that a person should look up to see needed progress in personal character and ... Read More »


When I was about 15 years old I learned a crucial thanks-giving lesson: In order to be able to thank another person you must first acknowledge their existence. It happened like this: Lynn and Pete Yellin, may they both rest in peace, were our next-door neighbors on the 7th floor of 135 Eastern Parkway (across the street from the Brooklyn ... Read More »


Sasha Sagan is a television producer and writer whose articles have appeared in national publications. She is also the daughter of Carl Sagan and Ann Druyen. “For Small Creatures Such as We: Rituals for Finding Meaning in Our Unlikely World” is her first book. How did this book start? Were your 2013-14 articles for O Magazine and The Cut, with ... Read More »

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