Ted Roberts – The Scribbler on the Roof

Ain’t science great?


When it comes to objective, non-biased perceptions of my fellow human beings, I pride myself on my lack of bias.  If three men in plaid Walmart shirts knock me down, kick me passionately in the ribs, and from my battered body remove...
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A question of jurisdiction


It wasn’t a great place to die in. Naked board walls – in the corner, a wood stove – straw, not rugs, on the floor and a bed that was no more than a pile of rags. If you gotta go, you’d...
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Beged Ka’as: His Coat of Anger

By TED ROBERTS, the Scribbler on the Roof

I had an interesting challenge the other day. One of my favorite editors of a Midwest Jewish newspaper, knowing my reputation as a connoisseur of Midrashim, said:  “OK, Ted, what about Beged Ka’as”.

I clearly answered, “Oh yeah, Beged Ka’as”.  Sure Beged...
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Shavuot – the ignored holiday

By TED ROBERTS, The Scribbler on the Roof

There’s an old Midrash that I just made up that talks about the holidays. They had a party – the holidays that is – and paraded through the synagogue. There was music and much rejoicing.

Yom Kippur was acclaimed the King of...
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Shavuot: A holiday for seven-year-olds too

By TED ROBERTS, the Scribbler on the Roof

My seven year old granddaughter usually visits around Shavuot. She loves to visit her doting grandfather. Naturally. What’s not to like? We eat ice cream. Fudge ripple’s her favorite – our ONLY incompatibility. (Why do kids like their ice cream full of...
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NOWFE trips into town next month

By TED ROBERTS, The Scibbler on the Roof

Guess what happens on May 22 through May 25? No, it’s not my wife’s birthday.  It’s an event that food lovers and oenophiles (that’s a big word meaning wine lovers – I looked it up) circle on their calendars.

It is the...
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