It’s not easy or pretty, but life isn’t without challenge anywhere else in America either. We stay because so many things about this place make us care enough to stay. And that’s something I think outside observers always miss about Chicago.
I thought coming out only happened once. Then 2020 proved me wrong. Hi, I’m Michael. And I’m autistic.
On why we’re choosing not to observe Pesach during the COVID-19 crisis.
The difference between me and a native Chicagoan? I always say what others only dare to think.
Sometimes when you’re ‘Jewish and’ you just have to lead with the ‘and.’ I’m a Hispanic Jew who’s taking off his kippah.
I may have started my forties yearning for my father, but I’m ending them leaving him behind.
Oh, the ass-hattery of people jealous that for a few days your family’s at Walt Disney World and theirs isn’t.
At the newly “reimagined” Coronado Springs Resort, Disney took a a resort themed to ancient Mexican cultural motifs and implanted on top of it a giant tower themed to conquering Spain. Colonialism much?
I will never understand why Reform synagogues can become so aggressively ambivalent about leading their congregations into Shabbat.
A mensch simply being themselves is perhaps the greatest Jewish lesson of all.