I’m Thankful…

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson Back when the major responsibility for Thanksgiving dinners was mine, we had a practice of going around the table and each of us telling one thing we were thankful for. One of the things I like about being an elder is that now I can be a guest at the table [...]

Interesting Times

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson Wikipedia, the online user-created encyclopedia, says it ain’t necessarily so, but it makes a good lead to this essay, so I’ll say it anyway: An old Chinese curse says, “May you live in interesting times.” So sure was I that the attribution to the Chinese was accurate, that I went to [...]

Answering President Obama’s Call

By Debra Kozikowski “Let all who are hungry come and eat.” One week before the first night of Passover, the Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) went one step better to honor the ageless words offered by their ancestors. JCPA held a Seder in the nation’s Capitol on April 1, 2009 and helped coordinate about [...]

What Change Will Come

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson In the passage from which Barack Obama often quotes the words, “We are the ones we’ve been waiting for,” the speaker, thought to have been a Hopi elder, also said, There is a river flowing now very fast. It is so great and swift that there are those who will be [...]

December 8, sixty-one years later

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson I was five years and eight months old on Pearl Harbor Day. I remember the events of the day as clearly as if I had been an adult. My father took me to the Cathay Tea Garden in downtown Philadelphia to buy take-out chow mein for dinner, a glorious adventure. When [...]