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Keffie

I had gone to Israel to die, but old Dr. Weaver’s EKG machine had malfunctioned, and Hadassah’s doctors had proven it.  So there I was in Israel with a whole life ahead of me!  I enrolled in an ulpán, a … Continue reading

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Justice, Justice shall you Pursue

As with many other Torah portions, there are lots of minutiae listed in parashat Shoftim (“judges”), in this case details about the court system, how to administer it, rules of evidence, etc.  But one phrase sticks out that has become … Continue reading

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Photograph

Dear Beth: We all have copies of that old family photograph.  It’s not dated, but the women’s hairdos and long dresses, and the men’s wide-lapel suit jackets and wide ties say it’s the forties.  In fact, it has to be … Continue reading

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Scars

  Every fag bears a wound from youth, and every gay man that survives to middle age has found a way to deal with it.  But the coping mechanisms show the scars.  Some men are defiantly butch, others just as … Continue reading

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Tears

I didn’t cry for my dead.  I couldn’t afford to.  There was always too much to do.  That was my life for almost 40 years. It began with Mani Lukas, who was shot in Phoenix in the summer of 1978.  … Continue reading

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