Our Jewish Christmas Eve

We have a tradition in my family of using Christmas Eve as an excuse for a hearty home-cooked family dinner, usually followed by making a fire in the fireplace and enjoying games or a movie together. Normally it’s my super-dense split pea soup, but this year I made that for Chanukah.  I made so much, in fact, that we were eating it for a week afterwards.  Time for something different. ...

Sotto Voce

Something fascinating is happening in America. It is still too early to hope that the 2012 election and Sandy Hook represent a policial realignment, but the possibility is becoming hard to ignore. What we’ve learned over the past two decades is that the digital communications revolution — the most empowering, democratizing technological change since the printing press — can enable a well-organized and well-funded minority with compelling (if dangerous) ideas ...