Ted Roberts – The Scribbler on the Roof

The original Succot celebration

By TED ROBERTS, the SCRIBBLER ON THE ROOF

Succot, like perfect sweet and sour cabbage soup, has two flavors. A single holiday with two themes.  We celebrate the bounty of the grape and olive harvest in the Promised Land; also we commemorate 40 hungry years of wanderings in that huge...
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The Mask

By TED ROBERTS, the SCRIBBLER ON THE ROOF

My friend, Herb, likes to get an early start. On the golf course, he stands 20 feet in front of the tee. When he eats out, he brings a drink from home so he doesn’t have to wait for a turtle-speed server...
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The Baal Shem Tov’s Midnight Visitor

By TED ROBERTS, the SCRIBBLER ON THE ROOF

The followers of the Baal Shem Tov love to tell of his courage in facing up to his opponents.  The holy man, they used to say, could walk among wolves without drawing a deep breath.  But the most epic confrontation...
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A Homemade Midrash

By TED ROBERTS, the SCRIBBLER ON THE ROOF

It was the oldest of Midrashim. In fact it was the first Midrash – whether you believe they came from the Presence who spoke atop Sinai – or,  depending on your beliefs,  who later inspired Holy men to reveal them to the...
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A Prayer for Springtime

By TED ROBERTS, the SCRIBBLER ON THE ROOF

You can learn a lot from your rabbi – you can also learn a lot from nature. To watch a mama cat handle its young may be as informative as a chapter in Genesis. The “wired care” and affection she exhibits is...
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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...
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An earthquake in Iran?

By TED ROBERTS, the SCRIBBLER ON THE ROOF

Our G-d is a jealous god, as He repeats many times in his book and I intend not to denigrate his feelings. Don’t argue with me – argue with Moses, who wrote Exodus 20:5 and a long list of similar declarations.

And...
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Culinary Jews – People of the Kitchen

By TED ROBERTS, the SCRIBBLER ON THE ROOF

We Jews are often called the “People of the Book”. But our detractors call us the People of the Kitchen. I consider that a compliment. Even our courting habits are affected. “Hey, can you cook?” asks the potential groom. This was not...
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A bris in Passaic

By TED ROBERTS, the SCRIBBLER ON THE ROOF

“And I will establish my covenant between me and you and I will multiply you exceedingly. . . and I will make you exceedingly fruitful.”  So spoke G-d to Abraham.  “What Covenant?” thinks a bewildered Abraham, who likes the...
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Fathers, You Must Mark the Trail

By TED ROBERTS, the SCRIBBLER ON THE ROOF

“If Oedipus Rex had taken that kid to the ballgame more often, we wouldn’t have had all that trouble.”

                           — Ancient Greek Historian

OK, so my good friend, Herb,...
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