Balack: Voices

Mohammed glanced nervously around his father’s beautiful wood-lined library. There were thousands of books there, covering everything from Islamic law to military theory. And hanging from every available surface where and graphs he had scrawled out in fits of energy. There was nobody else in the room. Nonetheless, all around him, he could hear voices. […]

Understanding Circumcision (non-fiction)

I’ve been reading about efforts to ban Brit Milah (circumcision) in Scandinavian countries. There is enormous support for these initiatives and so, as a religious Jew, I felt it was important to explain *why* we do circumcision. I’m going to skip all the tradition-based, health-based, and religious-freedom-based arguments.   I’m going to skip to the […]

Chukat: Pete and the Felon

A kid? What the heck was a kid doing in here? I just stared at the boy in front of me, absolutely stunned by what I was seeing. Who in the heck would bring a kid to this place, much less expose him to me? I sat there, confused, while the kid looked around the […]

Korach: The Landow Case

Emily Landow slowly walks towards the front of the court room. It isn’t technically a court room, of course. It is just a chamber for a hearing. As befitted such an administrative function, it isn’t large or fancy. It is small, with plain walls and cheap office furniture. Fluorescent lights glare from the low ceiling. […]

Shelach: The Story of Bahram Ghorbani

There’s no light in this place. No light and no sound. All there is is touch and smell. The touch is of rough concrete surfaces. And the smell is of rot, excrement and death. That’s all I have. That and the very real fear that I will never see anything else again. I’d gone to […]