Posts Tagged ‘for openers’

Alan Muskovitz edges in for an interview with Tiger Woods in 2004.

For Openers: My Glory Days

Tiger Woods has nothing on me. Above: Alan Muskovitz edges in for an interview with Tiger Woods in 2004. I just finished enjoying two events on television that involved participants desperate for big victories — and it didn’t involve politics I spent the afternoon of Sept. 23 watching the dramatic finish to Tiger Woods’ win in…

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For Openers: Room For More Meanings, Especially About Sukkot

I love how when you’re talking to someone, it can be so clear to you exactly what you mean; you’re both nodding away and then you come to a sudden crossroads mid-conversation and realize you both meant something entirely different. Like when a kid comments on how ancient someone is, “like, at least, thirty-FIVE!” and…

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Grandson Marc Kestenberg at his May 17 wedding in Toronto with his grandfather Harry Chil Zborowski

For Openers: Coming Full Circle

On Saturday, Aug. 18, I traveled by train out of Windsor to Toronto for the funeral of my 99-year-old cousin Harry Chil Zborowski. I settled into my seat for the 5:45 evening departure, relieved that I was going to arrive Sunday on time to pay my final respects to the most amazing man I had…

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Kippahs Yarmulkes Jewish Hats Covers Israeli Star of David Souvenirs Safed Tsefat Israel. Kippahs/Yarmulkes are Jewish headgear worn by men during a Jewish. Required by Judaisim. kippah

For Openers: Today, I Shaved My Best Friend’s Head

Identity and gevurah (strength). Today, I shaved my best friend’s head. As a result, I choose to address my own identity by wearing a kippah. Visible signs of faith are tricky. In Orthodoxy, it is separated first and foremost by gender. For women, there is the question of covering their hair. And how to cover…

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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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keeping safe. staying alive.

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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drawing of Olivia, Debra Darvick's granddaughter.

For Openers: Big Lessons From A Tiny Person

Conversations with my granddaughter are expanding beyond burbles and trills to delicious mispronunciations that will become the stuff of family lore. Ohdor means “please open the door.” UpDown is a request to read the Olivia book about opposites. More than her darling gymnastics with the English language, Olivia’s actions speak potent lessons. In a single…

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Alan’s big scene in the Detroiters

For Openers: Coming To A Small Screen Near You

My column last month about seven-layer cake really struck a nerve, or a taste bud if you will, with Jewish News readers. I’m really not surprised. I had a feeling that might happen because you can never underestimate the power of 7LC. In the last month, I’ve received emails from former Detroiters who reminisced about…

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Participants were limited to spending only $4.20 for a day’s worth of food.

Yad Ezra’s Food Stamps Challenge

Here’s something to chew over: The daily SNAP (aka food stamps) allocation in Michigan is $4.20 per person per day. The good folks at Yad Ezra, the Berkley-based kosher food pantry, asked: How far does $4.20 worth of groceries really get you? I thought it might be fun to see if I could shop for…

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seven-layer cake

For Love Of Seven-Layer Cake

I’ve written over the years about my unabashed, insatiable, down-right fanatical love for seven-layer cake. At break-fast on Yom Kippur, I don’t consider it sacrilege to eat seven-layer cake before indulging in lox and bagels. And I’m not ashamed to admit — well, maybe a little ashamed — that I’ve left shivahs disappointed that seven-layer…

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