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Sep 19, 2019, 2:09 PM
“A Serious Man” by A Serious Writer
I recently watched A Serious Man (ASM) for the fourth time. So you may ask: "Mort, why would you watch this film four times?" "It's possibly, the best Jewish-themed film of all time," I'd reply. Comment to readers who have not seen the...
Sep 16, 2019, 7:45 AM
The Mezuzah Maker of Majdanek
The August sun baked down on the mailman. Droplets of sweat poured into his eyes. These salty beads burned and blurred his vision. The mailman stopped walking and pulled his blue and white handkerchief from the pocket of his khaki shorts. He wiped...
Sep 7, 2019, 5:39 AM
Fear of Being: A One-Hit Wonder
Once a year, I reflected on my writing life---knowing that reflection strengthens my vision, my resolve, and the left side of my brain or is it the right side. I wondered, "Where did I get the idea for annual reflection?" I've...
Sep 3, 2019, 6:30 AM
The Toughest Questions
The toughest questions any child can ever ask his or her parents are: "What was the greatest mistake you ever made?" "Did you ever do anything that you're ashamed of or that you regret?" "Assuming you could, how would you remedy your...
Aug 29, 2019, 2:50 AM
A Note To Citizen Journalists: I Am A Writer/Blogger—Not A Reporter/Historian—Learn The Difference
Throughout my writing career, citizen journalists have found errors in my stories. I usually thank them for their attention to detail and move on. But every once in a while, educating these internet scholars is a fun exercise. First of all, I...
Aug 27, 2019, 10:57 PM
The Last Jew in Vinnitsa. On a T-shirt.
I want to tell that man, as he kneels and waits to die: The Jews will never stop reminding the world what happened to him
Aug 20, 2019, 8:09 AM
Tardigrades and The Arch Mission Foundation
As a historical researcher, I studied Beresheet's manifest as if it was Columbus' inventory on the Nina, the Pinta and the Santa Maria I described all of the items on Beresheet's manifest in my Times of Israel (TOI) blog. (See TOI...
Aug 13, 2019, 8:14 AM
Ku Klux Klan
A large dark cloud hangs over my head. But I will not exit the pool until I hear thunder or see lightening. I sit on the bottom step as one rain drop slaps the water's surface. I wait and watch for another. When...
Aug 8, 2019, 12:10 PM
‘Alan and Me’ humor — or at least an attempt
I read the Alan Morton Dershowitz's Times of Israel blog, "On Why I Defend Clients Like Jeffrey Epstein" with great interest. I can relate. I once represented a klaiff of the KKK in a custody battle. (A story for a future...
Aug 7, 2019, 1:02 PM
A Fiddler on My Roof
Darkness rested on my window but I am awake--- smelling, sipping, savoring my daily dose of freshly-brewed coffee. I sipped from my Fiddler On The Roof mug. Then I heard creaking sounds coming off of my roof. Something walked across my tiles---a raccoon, a...
A South Florida author, speaker, film producer and retired attorney. He has authored, "A Hebraic Obsession", "The Hanukkah Bunny" and "The Greatest Gift." He produced an award-winning short film entitled, "The Stairs".