Allen: Another year’s gone for good. A year of camaraderie; of utility bills; of spirited debates en route to the 125th Street subway; a year in which I hope I’ve grown just a bit more compassionate and thoughtful on account of your company. This too shall pass, though, and so I’ve reluctantly decided to take a step… Read More Chesbon Ha-Blog
Allen: It’s the season for stale High Holiday sermons, and so I offer up these rough notes for a speech I delivered at the close of Columbia’s Conservative services back in 2014. My college prose reads a bit rough around the edges, but hopefully the sentiment still rings true. Far be it from me to… Read More From the Archives: Thoughts on Neilah
Aron: Had our great-great-great-grandfathers been asked by their children, “What’s God?”, they would likely have responded, “God created the heavens and the earth.” If they had been asked why we pray, they’d probably have responded, “To ask, praise, or thank our Creator.” If they’d been asked why they kept kosher, I assume they’d have said,… Read More What About the Children?
Allen: When we first moved in together, Aron, you placed in the kitchen a large wooden sign from your childhood: “Kosher Only.” This was obviously an ironic statement; even so, I took it down whenever I hosted non-observant guests. I didn’t want to seem intolerant. But one could make the case that the whole edifice of… Read More Not Kosher, Not Welcome
Allen: Dear Mr. Borans, My name is Allen Lipson; I affiliated with Alpha Epsilon Pi’s Iota Chapter at Columbia University from 2011 to 2013. Despite my decision to leave the fraternity my third year of college, I’ve not figured out how to unsubscribe from your emails, your magazine, or your generous (yet alas, still unaffordable) Brooks… Read More Fraternally Yours: An Open Letter to Andy Borans
Allen: Aron, In the wake of your decidedly grim Purim post, I’d like to follow up on a more whimsical note. I call it thus because this pet cause of mine will most likely remain on the lunatic fringe until the coming of Elijah. But, hey, that’s what they used to say about Paul Ryan’s budget proposals. Here… Read More Should Liberal Jews Go Vegetarian?
Editor’s note: This is the first of our solo pieces. We’ll still be writing up conversations, but we think that this will offer us both a chance to flesh out some of our ideas more fully. Aron: On the Shabbat before Purim, known as Shabbat Zachor, we read a passage from the Haftarah in which the Israelite King Saul… Read More Purim: Coming to Terms with (A)History