Words of the Week

It took me a few days to get to this Kveller piece, where I was reminded that January 9 marked the 10th anniversary of the passing of Debbie Friedman: “If you grew up in the Reform movement…you are undoubtedly familiar with the singer-songwriter’s vast and gorgeous musical repertoire. Influenced by folk artists like Peter, Paul, and Mary, Friedman’s music is modern, moving, and wide-ranging, from the soothing and somber ‘Mi Shebeirach‘ to the raucous and joyous ‘Miriam’s Song.'”


Words of the Week

“I can feel freedom. I stay by the window and look out. The first thing I do in the morning is look out and see the world. I am alive. I have food, I go out, I go for walks, I do some shopping. And I remember: No one wants to kill me. So, still, I read. I cook a little bit. I shop a little bit. I learned the computer. I do puzzles.

I still sometimes feel that I am missing out. A full year is gone. I lost my childhood, I never had my teenage years. And now, in my old age, this is shortening my life by a year. I don’t have that many years left. The way we have lived this year means I have lost many opportunities to lecture, to tell more people my story, to let them see me and know the Holocaust happened to a real person, who stands in front of them today. It’s important.”

Source: Toby Levy, “The Holocaust Stole My Youth. Covid-19 Is Stealing My Last Years” (The New York Times)

Words of the Week: David Benger (and Matti Friedman)

Tweet available at https://twitter.com/David_Benger/status/1341783824527745025.

Words of the Week: Andrew Silow-Carroll

“Whenever I write about [The New York] Times, people will insist that the paper is anti-Semitic (it isn’t) and boast that they cancelled their subscriptions long ago. So I’ll be clear: The New York Times is essential reading, never more so than now. There isn’t a newspaper on earth with more resources and more talent to shine a light in dark places and reveal things the powers-that-be would prefer remain secret. Even if you disagree with its opinion pages and feel the paper has an institutional news bias, you need to be aware of what The Times is reporting, if for no other reason than because it sets the agenda for other news outlets, and can get to places no one else can get to.

That being said, weird things keep happening on the opinion desk, and I’d rather engage and point that out than remain ignorant of what’s really happening here and around the world.”

Source: Andrew Silow-Carroll