Zero to Hero

Zero to Hero

My brother Jimmy came up from Florida last week to spend time with me and my family. Jimmy is number five of the six Dreskin children. I’m number six. We’re two years apart. Much of my childhood was spent fending…

The Phone Lines of Human Connection

The Phone Lines of Human Connection

Woody Allen once said, “In California, they don’t throw their garbage away. They make it into TV shows.” While much of television really is mindless drivel, we certainly love it. It’d be good to limit how much we watch, lest…

Crawling to Peace (Memorial Day 2015)

Crawling to Peace (Memorial Day 2015)

One of the last books Jonah read before his death in 2009 was Tim O’Brien’s The Things They Carried, about the author’s experiences as a U.S. soldier in Vietnam. I have wanted, and I recently found time, to read it….

Are Things Getting Better or Worse?

Are Things Getting Better or Worse?

I wrote this piece for Shabbat Eve at my synagogue on January 9, 2015. The massacre at Charlie Hebdo in Paris had recently occurred, as had the death of our dear family friend, Susan Sirkman. It seemed like the right…

When “That Moment” Arrives

When “That Moment” Arrives

Courage: the ability to do something that you know is difficult or dangerous. Hero: a person who is admired for courageous action. The fire in a small warehouse had been burning for hours. The little community had no means of…

Committed to Memory

Committed to Memory

Well, I took quite the stroll down memory lane this week. Ellen and I watched the film “Old Yeller” for the first time since I was maybe four years old. Fess Parker as the dad and Chuck Connors as the…

Noah: Pathway to a Second Chance

Noah: Pathway to a Second Chance

I offered this sermon during Kol Nidre evening 5775 (Oct 3, 2014). Billy Fiddler on the Roof is coming back to Broadway this year. That’s good news because everybody should see it at least once. So get tickets for the…

Science versus Religion?

Science versus Religion?

I offered this sermon during Rosh Hashanah morning 5775 (Sep 25, 2014). Billy During the French Revolution’s Reign of Terror, three men were to be executed by guillotine: a rabbi, a priest, and a rationalist skeptic. The rabbi was the…

The B’nai Mitzvah Legacy of 9/11

The B’nai Mitzvah Legacy of 9/11

I imagine that for most of us, there is no story we have heard as many times as that of the Israelites’ exodus from Egypt, their forty years of desert wandering, and subsequent entrance into the Promised Land. Each spring,…

The Synagogue: A House, a Home, a Watering Hole

The Synagogue: A House, a Home, a Watering Hole

Well, summer’s over. I hope yours was a great one and that you did some really exciting things. I, you may have heard, had an unforgettably wonderful summer. Do you know what I did? That’s right! I went on a…