Crazy Gorsky

My high school experience was not unlike many others throughout the country. Except that I went to a private, all-boys, Orthodox Jewish school, housed in a decrepit, run-down former public school from the turn of the 20th century, in the middle of Nowhere, New Jersey. Well technically, girls went there too, just, they were on…

Israel, Revisited: Part 1

It came up early in our relationship, my wife Jordana’s (Jo’s) unabashed love of Israel. It’s not that I didn’t like Israel, or have an appreciation for her history, tradition and culture. After all, as a Jew, mine and Israel’s story are intrinsically linked together, tethered like the threads of a bed sheet. If pulled…

Best. Site. Ever.

  The design is clean, its information boundless with content that’s equal parts sincere and snarky; frequenting the site has the potential to fundamentally change your life forever. That type of hyperbole is commonplace for a review on Yelp, one of the best sites in the world, when it’s not busy being one of the…

Flavortown. Population: Everyone

  The best show on TV is Diners Drive-ins and Dives, and it’s not even close. Some people watch TV as an escape. Others stare at the medium as a mirror, reflecting back at them the fragmented pieces of our culture, art imitating life and other high-minded mumbo-gumbo. (‘Southern Flavor’, Denver-style Gumbo, Season 12). Some…

Growing Up-per West

  Two of my best friends from high school and college, Noam and Benjy, my roommates at the time, got engaged to the loves of their lives a week apart from each other. Short of creating some sort of hippy-dippy polyamorous share-house (though not opposed), I was about to be on my own for the…

The Homes We Love

At first blush, a tale of traditional Jewish pilgrimage, but upon closer examination, a story about the ongoing narrative of refugees the world over, as universally applicable in the early 20th century as it is in the early 21st. I had the privilege to see Fiddler on the Roof with my family during its last…