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Thanksgiving at the Harris home: Norman Rockwell it ain’t

Thanksgiving at the Harris home: Norman Rockwell it ain’t

By Ed Harris A Jewish friend of mine once described Thanksgiving as his favorite holiday. He said Thanksgiving is the only celebration of the season that serves to unite people of all faiths, unlike Christmas and Hanukkah, which are drawn from entirely different religious traditions. In making this assessment, however, my friend was not familiar(…)

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Our lemon of a calendar. Or is that an etrog?

Our lemon of a calendar. Or is that an etrog?

By Ed Harris, Jewish Sound Columnist Whew! The cycle of major Jewish holidays has finally come to an end. The succession of celebrations and observances began with Rosh Hashanah amid a cacophony of shofar blasts, continued with the hunger-pang inducing somberness of Yom Kippur, followed by Sukkot, Shemini Atzeret and, finally, Simchat Torah. The religious(…)

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Punishment by battering ram: A High Holidays story

Punishment by battering ram: A High Holidays story

By Ed Harris, Jewish Sound Columnist You can recognize the approach of the High Holidays at the Harris household by the sight of my family members forcing their hands over their ears and fleeing the premises as if their very lives were at stake. The panic is set off rather improbably by the tiniest shofar(…)

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Change is a-comin’. Hopefully

Change is a-comin’. Hopefully

By Ed Harris, Jewish Sound Columnist On a recent trip with my now-adult daughter to see family in Florida, I reminisced about her initial visit to the Sunshine State, when she hadn’t even reached her first birthday, and wondered where all the time went. One minute, she was an adorable baby, screaming endlessly throughout the(…)

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Sometimes parenting is a hot mess

Sometimes parenting is a hot mess

By Ed Harris Seattle residents like to complain that they never know for sure when summer will finally start. I, however, have a sure-fire technique for picking the last cloudy, overcast, unseasonably cool day of the season: The precise moment we leave town for our annual family vacation. For several years now, our travel itinerary(…)

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Mein Yiddishe Papa: In defense of dad

Mein Yiddishe Papa: In defense of dad

By Ed Harris Households across America this month celebrated Father’s Day. June, with its “Dads and Grads,” is probably a great month for Hallmark, especially now that most of humanity has embraced Facebook as a way to offer free birthday congratulations, a transgression I have committed more than a few times myself. You can get(…)

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My two left feet

My two left feet

By Ed Harris, Jewish Sound Columnist I knew being a father would bring surprises: Becoming a “Dancing Dad” is one, however, I never saw coming. I am in fact a terrible dancer, much to my wife’s disappointment, as her favorite leisure-time activity when we first met was folk dancing. Early dates of ours included student(…)

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Hurry up, kids. I wanna be a grandpa

Hurry up, kids. I wanna be a grandpa

Ed Harris, Jewish Sound Columnist The Wall Street Journal recently ran an article entitled “The Long (Long) Wait to be a Grandparent.” Tell me about it. We baby boomers took longer to marry and have kids than prior generations, and millennials are pushing these traditional milestones of adulthood out even further. Hence the millions of(…)

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A visit to the Magic Meat Kingdom

A visit to the Magic Meat Kingdom

By Ed Harris Recently, my wife and youngest son, Izzy, went to Los Angeles on midwinter school break. The first day of our vacation was spent at Disneyland. While at the Magic Kingdom I reminisced about my first Disney experience, at Disney World in Florida, which took place on a spring break road trip from(…)

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Reflections on the rat race

Reflections on the rat race

By Ed Harris, JTNews Columnist What if I never moved from New Jersey to Seattle with my wife and then-infant daughter over 20 years ago? How might life have been different if we remained in the New York area? This thought occurred over winter break on a trip to Boca Raton with my youngest son(…)

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The parallel America

By Ed Harris, JTNews Columnist “I don’t like getting pushed around for being a Jew, and I don’t think Christians like getting pushed around for being Christians… [W]here did the idea come from that… we aren’t allowed to worship God?” — Ben Stein, from CBS Sunday Morning, Dec. 18, 2005 It’s not uncommon for me(…)

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Marching to the beat of a different drumstick

Marching to the beat of a different drumstick

By Ed Harris , JTNews Columnist It’s time to celebrate Thanksgiving, and like all families, we have our own traditions, some inherited, some of our own creation. Shortly after we moved to Seattle in 1990, my parents gave us a roasting pan as a gift. Before we had moved, my cousin Joan in West Caldwell,(…)

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