Essays2017-05-19T20:27:29-04:00

The following articles were originally published in the Monadnock Ledger-Transcript.

My Memorial Plaques and the Question of Ownership

My grandfather Steinfield, for whom I am named, died in Claremont on December 12, 1911. He is buried in Adath Israel Cemetery in West Roxbury, Massachusetts. My grandmother Steinfield died on October 23, 1943, more than ten years before Claremont acquired land on North Street for a Jewish cemetery. [...]

My Father’s Generous Friend and Asking Too Much

When I was nine, I went to Camp Arcadia in Maine, and I went back the next two summers. You could sign up for various activities, and although I would happily have spent all my time playing baseball, I took riflery and learned how to shoot. I got my [...]

My Fourth Shot and Biblical Wisdom

If there’s one rule that most of us can get behind, it’s the Golden Rule—"Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” (Matthew 7:12). Its Old Testament counterpart is “Love your neighbor as yourself.” (Leviticus 19:18). Whichever version you prefer, the period during which we are [...]

My Summer Camp Experience and P.T. Barnum

When I was 16, I worked as a counselor at Camp Holiday Trail in Hillsborough Upper Village. The Head Counselor, Ken, and the Waterfront Director, Bob, were both several years older than I. They were smooth New York sophisticates, while I was a naïve Claremont teenager. Ken told us [...]

My Almost-Miss and Looking Forward to Looking Back

Today is the last Tuesday of February, and I came perilously close—like 24 hours—to blowing the deadline for this month’s column. These 28-day months can sneak up on you, and the next thing you know you’re checking outside for lions or lambs. But I got a year older recently, [...]

Book Review

This book review originally appeared in the February 2022 issue of The New Hampshire Jewish Reporter. ------ People Love Dead Jews, by Dara Horn (W.W. Norton & Co., 2021) In the final paragraph of this profound collection of essays, Dara Horn dedicates the book to her four children, with [...]

My New Pastime and Getting to Second Base

For over 70 years I have embraced our national pastime, baseball, as my personal pastime. Back in the day, I played second base, but that day ended when I didn’t make the high school baseball team. Since then, I’ve had to content myself with rooting for the Red Sox [...]

My Ankle Braces and the Supply Chain Backup

A long time ago I developed a left ankle problem. Some sort of tendon issue, but we can fix it, the surgeon said. “No thanks,” I said, and went looking for something simpler and non-invasive. I found it, an “Aircast” brace with that word printed on the strap in [...]

My Older Sister and the Being a Younger Big Brother

When my sister and I were growing up in Claremont, we shared a bathroom. She is a few years older, and family albums include pictures of her walking me on a leash. I guess she considered me a pet. We were close, and at some point in our teens [...]

Our National Mourning and Remembering Tragic Dates

Every year on September 11, we pause to remember the day foreign terrorists hijacked four planes, attacked the Word Trade Center with two of them, hit the Pentagon with a third, and were aiming at Washington, D.C. with the fourth when a passenger named Todd Beamer shouted, “Let’s roll.” [...]

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