Ted Roberts – The Scribbler on the Roof

There’s heaven, you know

By TED ROBERTS, the SCRIBBLER ON THE ROOF

On the High Holydays, having completed our ethical accounting of the past year, some of us are forced to declare bankruptcy. But we promise our celestial creditor that next year there’ll be a heck of a payoff. We’ll do better, we wail to the...
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Remember, our G-d is no sissy

By TED ROBERTS, the SCRIBBLER ON THE ROOF

“Life is real.

Life is earnest.

And the grave is not the goal.”

–  Longfellow

Ah, the High Holidays are ahead of us – facing me – brights on – in the highway of life. To say one “enjoys” them is the...
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I wonder about the Temple

By TED ROBERTS, the SCRIBBLER ON THE ROOF

I think G-d has a sense of humor. Pardon me if you think that’s blasphemous, but until I learn more – when I stride through those pearly gates – I’ll stick with that theory.

Let’s take one example. Our Creator, when he...
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Temptation is not seduction

By TED ROBERTS, the SCRIBBLER ON THE ROOF

It was just my usual walk around the block. I wasn’t prepared for a moral challenge any more than when Joseph listened in frustration to the soft cooings of Potiphar’s wife. Just my usual walk until suddenly a fig tree lush enough to...
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Fathers, you’re never too old to inspire

By TED ROBERTS, the SCRIBBLER ON THE ROOF

I used to be a father. I still am, and now I’m a grandfather, too. But it’s a load I can handle because the job description is just about identical. It calls for inspiration – of young minds and young hearts; especially...
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Poor, overworked Elijah

By TED ROBERTS, the SCRIBBLER ON THE ROOF

“Is it time already?” said the slim, gray-haired man in jeans and the “Pesach Is Coming” T-shirt.

“Certainly,” boomed the voice from the cloud. “TRADITION, you know. Tomorrow night is the first night of Pesach.”

“But sir, I’ve been doing this for...
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Children cheer for Purim

By TED ROBERTS, the SCRIBBLER ON THE ROOF

On a cloudless, heavenly morning, well before the Almighty turned the dust of the earth into man, He announced the Holydays to the assembled Heavenly Hosts. The angels listened solemnly, especially to Yom Kippur. And after a few moments of meditation they...
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Wedding Trends

By TED ROBERTS, the SCRIBBLER ON THE ROOF

Financial analysts tell us there’s no need to worry about the future of the agricultural sector. Forget cotton, corn, soybeans, and other unpredictable crops. They have a new bumper crop – as old as mankind, itself. Weddings.

Have you noticed this new...
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The Missing Gift – Love

By TED ROBERTS, the SCRIBBLER ON THE ROOF

It had been a busy time for the King of the Universe. The earth and all its contents – well, that was accomplishment enough. But the galaxies and the rules governing their orbit – sun, moon, and stars and that concept of...
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Come see the parade

By TED ROBERTS, the SCRIBBLER ON THE ROOF

Trends, like friends, come and go. 1. Chewing gum is out of style. 2. Men rarely smoke cigars. And in the old days, cigars were a social icebreaker. “Have a cigar, pal,” started many a friendship. 3. And come to think of...
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