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It’s tradition around here to leave a video of what I’ve been up to all month. Typically I post this vid on the last day of the month, however due to the fact that the last day of April falls […]

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Few people enjoy tests. In fact, many of us are in the middle of final exams right now and those are never fun. The fact remains however, that much of life seems to be a test. If you prescribe to one of […]

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Is it just me or did April just fly by? I can’t believe we’re already in the last week of Judaism, but here we are. Tradition holds that I take this week to reflect on what I’ve learned, what I’d […]

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For 28 years, the Easter holiday was standard procedure: visit family, eat a lot, and vaguely remember that Jesus bought the farm, rose from the dead, freaked out one or more of his disciples for 40 days, and started a new religion. This […]

I didn’t want to talk about the Holocaust. In fact, I’ve avoided it for a few days now. The attempt however, is both unfair and futile. How does one avoid one of the greatest blights in human history? You can’t, […]

Shalom folks! Today I thought I’d share a few photos and experiences of Pesach here in the Bowen home. I was invited to attend two different Pesach seders, however my wife’s work schedule made it impossible for me to attend. That’s […]

Pesach (Passover) is arguably the most important Jewish holiday. Beginning at sundown on the 15th day of the Jewish month of Nissan (that’s April 18th for us this year) and lasting through the 22nd, Pesach marks the evening in which […]

Michael J. Solender, my Jewish Mentor, could see the confusion on my face as I tried to follow four simultaneous conversations going on…in the library, and not quietly. This exchange included an older gentleman from South Africa, a young lady (probably late […]

Reality check, 1…2…3. I wasn’t sure what to write about for today’s post until I showed up for my math class last night. In case you’re new around here, I’m also a “non-traditional” college student. As soon as I walked […]

Three aspects serve as the cornerstones of Jewish life: Torah, Family, and Food. Indeed, food is the glue that ties the Jewish people together and likely to be the focal point of any social gathering. What strikes me most about the culinary […]