CarlHoffman's Blog en-us Thu, 19 Apr 2018 18:16:39 -0500 (c) 2018, All rights reserved. <![CDATA[Idle Thoughts at Bet She’an]]> I used to have a weird recurring dream. Back when I was a teenager, my parents and I lived in a house with a long upstairs corridor, with doors leading to bedrooms, a bathroom, and a cozy little den. The corridor ended at a blank wall, which was part of the exterior wall of the house. In my recurring dream however, I would float silently down the corridor until I came not to the blank wall that existed in reality, but instead to another door. I would pause at the door, staring at it with a mixture of surprise and amusement. I would then open the door slowly and find myself staring down the lengthy expanse of yet another corridor. Venturing down this newly discovered corridor, I would find doors opening on to unexpected new rooms, all fully furnished, and filled with fascinating curios, interesting artworks, lots and lots of books, and even expensive stereo equipment with hundreds upon hundreds of fabulous record albums, mostly jazz and blues. And throughout this strange dream, I would be made to understand that all of this wonderful stuff-the antique furniture, the exquisite art work, as well as ...]]> <![CDATA[Without Apologies]]>  

There used to be, and perhaps still is, an American Jewish stand-up comic named Jackie Mason. He is probably in his nineties if he is still alive; but in his younger days performing in New York, at Catskills resorts, in Las Vegas, and on American network television, he was famous for making people upset. He upset TV show host Ed Sullivan, for example, by thumbing his nose at him in front of a live national TV audience one night in 1962. Ed responded to this lapse in judgment by throwing Jackie off his popular TV show and keeping him off all of network television for more than 10 years. Jackie upset Frank Sinatra by making jokes at a Las Vegas nightclub about the latter's short but tempestuous marriage to actress Mia Farrow, who was thirty years younger than Sinatra. Frank expressed his displeasure at Jackie's intemperate repartee by sending three goons to Jackie's dressing room, who in turn beat Jackie to a pulp. But most of all, Jackie Mason upset the Jews. For while other Jewish comedians of his generation-and e...]]> <![CDATA[“In the Blink of an Eye,”]]> Apollonia, also known as Tel Arshuf



Silently overlooking the Mediterranean, a mere 15 km. north of bustling Tel Aviv, stand the Apollonia ruins of an ancient city. The broken fragments of centuries-old walls seem to hang almost desperately to the tops of fossilized sandstone cliffs in what is now an empty, windblown stretch of the coast in Herzliya. Known as Apollonia, the name it acquired early in its history by the ancient Greeks, this lonely spot perched high above the pounding ocean waves is little known and seldom visited. The place is nonetheless a national treasure. Archaeological excavations, revealing the remains of more than 1,800 years of contin...]]>