Posts by Sy Sy

For Openers – Not Music To The Ears

What is the most prominent way to distinguish a rhino from a hippo? (Come on, you know this has been a pressing question for you!) It is the horn, of course. That protuberance’s name has shaped itself into a colorful addition to our everyday talk, as may be noted in the following. Ever been really…

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Bernie (Bernard Jonas) with his children, Marc Jonas, Suezanne Winkelman and Rabbi Shmaya Jonas

A Family Man Turns 95

Remember your class trip to wherever it may have been? One memento was probably a class picture that, when unrolled, covered the table top. Imagine, if you will, such a large photo but of only one family. This is the case of most simchahs celebrated by the family of Bernard Jonas of West Bloomfield, who…

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For Openers: Talking From Head To Toe

You are a piece of work.” Have you ever heard this observation? Usually it is not offered as a compliment. However, if you were to consider all the body parts, you would note that they do figure prominently in our everyday conversation. Top to toe we are pieces of work. Feeling frustrated about something? No…

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Opening: Eat, Drink And …

Keeping safe is a goal to be desired. I am not referring to safety in the streets though I know that the crazies are out there and road rage is a real thing. I do not refer to gun violence though we are getting our fill of that in our everyday news. Nor do I…

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The Good, The Bad ….

You are faced with a choice. The stereotypical image of this decision-making is the angel on one shoulder and the devil on the other. You do not have to be a believer of either of these “beings” to incorporate references to them in your daily conversation. Here are some examples. If you speak vehemently for…

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Bits And Pieces

Have you ever seen CHIPS? No, not the actual California Highway Patrol but the TV series. Yes, it was a long time ago and I do not know how successful the remake was. Well, that recollection got me to thinking, as almost anything will do as you faithful readers are aware. Here are some uses…

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For Openers: Get A Move On

One of the major complaints today seems to be that we are always on the go. We act to save time; and with the time saved we race to try to do more, trying to be everywhere at once. Often, we fail. Science tells us that for every action there is an equal and opposite…

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Talk With Animals

More fun than a barrel of monkeys.” “Stop horsing around!” If these expressions have ever found their way into your everyday talk, then you are aware of the important influence that all creatures seem to have on our language. An eager, aggressive person may be described as a tiger. Or, if he should exhibit extreme…

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As I Recall …

When one journey ends, another begins. It is with these words in mind that I look back on 29 years with the Jewish News and realize that I have almost equaled my first career choice, teaching. I retired on a Friday and was hired to begin at the JN as a proofreader the next Monday.…

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Create A Clothing Allowance

We have often heard that clothes make the man/woman. Indeed, being sartorially splendid is to be desired and the quest is the backbone of a large part of American industry. However, consider the many expressions we have that seem to concern themselves with apparel and often the divestment of it. If times are tough, you…

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