■ Jewish lit
■ Goodbye, Richard
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Sami Rohr Jewish Literary Institute, a forum
devoted to the continuity of Jewish literature.
The institute, also run under the auspices of
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gathering, creating an environment in which
established and emerging writers can meet
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The finalists are:
Disobedience, by Naomi Alderman
Our Holocaust, by Amir Gutfreund
Accidents, by Yael Hedaya
Not Me, by Michael Levigne
The Genizah at the House of Shepher,
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Remembering Richard Carlson:
Live like your heart is in it!
The heart-stopping telephone call I
received late on a Friday night in December
from Richard Carlson’s wife makes no sense
at all to me. She tells me, “Richard’s energy
was just too big for his body.”
Earlier that week, I was struggling with
the meaning of life, and Richard Carlson, the
bestselling author of the Don’t Sweat the Small
Stuff series, popped into my head. So—
stepping over the line from professional friendship into intensely personal—I called him.
How does he live, I wanted to know. How
does he handle uncertainty, setbacks, pain?
Richard’s voice was warm and cheerful, as
usual. I asked, “So what is life all about—
karma, God, destiny?”
And Richard told me that we are gifted in
ways that support our destiny, and we do have
control over our lives. “Bad” things happen—
but it is our response that matters, how we
handle our emotions. We go to great places in
life, not by making huge corrections, but by
implementing tiny changes in our course as a
The next day this 45-year-old man who
looked and acted 10 years younger, who was
still madly in love with his wife and still
entranced by his two teenage daughters, got
on a plane to New York to promote his newest
book, Don’t Get Scrooged, and died of a heart
When Kris Carlson calls, she says she
misses her soul mate. “He is still with us,” she
I miss my friend who walked his talk.
Who gave me every nuance of every moment.
That’s the meaning of life. Richard Carlson
truly lived like his heart was in it.
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