Category Archives: religion

TORAH TORAH TORAH by Peter Nolan Smith

TORA TORA TORA was one of my mother’s favorite films. The infamy of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor burned bright in her memory. Her friends from Jamaica Plain enlisted in the Marines, Army, and Navy by the scores. Many of them failed to return to Boston. Their bodies rest on islands across the Pacific. […]

Yom Kippur Squirrels

Yom Kippur 1972. Syrian and Egyptian tanks swarmed over Israeli defenses on the Golan Heights and the Suez Canal. The Arab Forces initial successes were reversed by strategic blunders and Israeli air cover, however the losses to the IDF were catastrophic for the small nation. If a country the size of the USA had suffered […]

ROSH A HOMA by Peter Nolan Smith

Last year I sat in Frank’s Lounge with Vince. The owner’s nephew and I were discussing a teaching position as a creative writer. The offer sounded good and the Fort Greene native said, “Hell, I have a four day weekend thanks to Rush a homa.” “You mean Rosh Hashanah?” My boss from the Diamond District […]

LOSING GOD by Peter Nolan Smith

A week before Christmas of 1967 I received my midterm report card from Our Lord’s Health High School. Having a stutter and stammer I had been expecting worst, however Bruder Karl had graciously passed me with a D+ in German. I was surprised to see that Brother Valentine had failed me in religion as well […]

Star Of David

The origins of the Hexagram Star stretch back to Egypt and disappear into the mist of history. The Israelites adopted the six-pointed figure consisting of two interlaced equilateral triangles as the Star of David or Magen David, although some scholars claim that King Solomon favored the symbol after he deserted Yahweh for the worship of […]