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THE RABBIS AND THE CONSTITUTION 

By David Perlstein | August 25, 2023 |

Given the nation’s political turmoil, Rabbinic thinking can shed light on “loose construction” of the Constitution. A personal experience reinforced that concept. In 1998, I traveled to Israel with a group from New York. On the way to our hotel, we stopped at Mount Scopus for a sweeping view of Jerusalem. It struck me that…

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THE PYRAMID, NORTH BEACH AND MORE 

By David Perlstein | August 18, 2023 |

A stroll down memory lane two weeks ago encouraged me to take another last Sunday to parts of San Francisco I love. Carolyn was attending a daylong workshop by the casting director of the CBS soap opera, “The Bold and the Beautiful.” So I took a one-block walk to the Muni stop at California and…

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TWO FAREWELLS

By David Perlstein | August 11, 2023 |

Last Sunday, Carolyn and I bid two farewells. In only one case had someone died. That someone was Tina Turner, who died last May. We attended Tina: The Tina Turner Musical at the Golden Gate Theater. It provided an opportunity to say goodbye to a woman whose music, and pluck, topped the charts. Tina first opened in London’s…

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IOWA ’23, SOUTHIE ’74 

By David Perlstein | August 4, 2023 |

Donald Trump was just indicted on four counts regarding attempts to overturn the 2020 presidential election. Yet he remains the heavy favorite for the Republican 2024 presidential nomination. A pollster and a novelist offer insights. On Tuesday, GOP pollster Frank Luntz told Dana Bash on CNN’s “Inside Politics” that conservative, faith-based Iowa voters “like Donald…

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TRUMP’S UNKNOWN V.P. HOPEFULS 

By David Perlstein | July 21, 2023 |

The media have speculated about the usual suspects regarding Donald Trump’s vice-presidential candidate. But let’s not overlook lesser-knowns heading under-the-radar conservative groups. Here are their selling points they provided in recent interviews. Marry Anne Cross, Make America Christian Again. “America must be Christian in more than name only. The Founding Fathers—the Mothers were busy rearing children,…

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MORE MANDALORIAN–JEWISH PARALLELS 

By David Perlstein | July 14, 2023 |

Months ago, Disney+ hyped season 3 of the Star Wars-related “The Mandalorian.” A thousand people from 20 countries read my 2021 post, “The Mandalorian and the Jews.” Season 3’s Jewish connections were even stronger. “The Way” of the Mandalorians suggests Jewish law, Halacha—the way of going. Maimonides writes about the “way of the Lord” in his Mishneh Torah. The…

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DON’T COUNT OUT SAN FRANCISCO 

By David Perlstein | July 7, 2023 |

Mark Twain once wrote, “The report of my death is greatly exaggerated.” I’d apply that to San Francisco. Much has been reported about San Francisco spiraling downward in a “doom loop.” No question, the pandemic took its toll. A bunch of the workforce moved away, schools closed, stores shut. But I’d add to Yankees Hall…

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OLD GLORY WAIVES THE FIFTH 

By David Perlstein | June 30, 2023 |

Hey, it’s me, Old Glory aka the Stars & Stripes. With July Fourth coming, I’ve got three important things to say.  First: I’m proud that the nation will celebrate its 247th birthday. Many countries have been around longer. Real democracies? We took the first plunge.  Second: That said, I could dodge America’s problems, take the…

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PRIDE

By David Perlstein | June 23, 2023 |

Pride Weekend has arrived in San Francisco. People often misuse the word pride. As the father of three sons—straight, trans and gay, I have my own take. LGBTQ people say they’re proud to be gay. Likewise, many folks are proud of their ethnicity. Given a world that often persecutes minorities, I get it. But that can…

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MY APOLOGIES, TONY AWARDS

By David Perlstein | June 16, 2023 |

Last Sunday, Carolyn and I tuned in—late—to Broadway’s Tony Awards TV show. When the nominees for Best Play were announced, I was certain one show had no chance.  Of the five nominees, Leopoldstadt, by Tom Stoppard, presented a multi-generational Jewish family’s experiences in Vienna from 1899 to 1955. These included discussing escape plans following Nazi Germany’s…

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