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I write "Thinking Allowed" in the hopes that they will encourage thought. If you have any comments, please feel free to add them!

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USA - Tuesday, January 26, 2010 at 00:59:08
USA - Tuesday, January 26, 2010 at 00:35:29
Aaron, I love the superhero essay from September 16 (I just read it!) I would also like to refer to a major difference between Superman and other superheroes, as pointed out by the character Bill in Quentin Tarrantino's "Kill Bill" a few years back: "a staple of the superhero mythology is, there's the superhero and there's the alter ego. Batman is actually Bruce Wayne, Spider-Man is actually Peter Parker. When that character wakes up in the morning, he's Peter Parker. He has to put on a costume to become Spider-Man. And it is in that characteristic Superman stands alone. Superman didn't become Superman. Superman was born Superman. When Superman wakes up in the morning, he's Superman. His alter ego is Clark Kent. His outfit with the big red "S", that's the blanket he was wrapped in as a baby when the Kents found him. Those are his clothes. What Kent wears - the glasses, the business suit - that's the costume. That's the costume Superman wears to blend in with us." So too with the American Jew. The jeans and T-shirts, suits, slacks and ties, and sneakers are the costumes we wear to fit in with American culture. When we don our kippot, tallitot, and tefillin, it is then that we are in our native clothing. When we are in our Jewish garb, that is when we become the superheroes, able to do Tikkun Olam if we but attune ourselves to God's will. See you soon!
David Young <rabbi.young@tsnd.org>
Miami, FL USA - Monday, September 22, 2008 at 18:19:42
Mr. Schectman, the years have served you well. Your picture looks just as I remember you from 1961-4, Central High. Thanks for the years of teaching history and helping me develop my talents. Your footsteps are among those that I have followed over the years. I'm enjoying your "Thinking Allowed" pieces and hope to read more of them in the future.
Tabitha (Smith) Jones <tobie_the_directress@yahoo.com>
Baltimore, Md USA - Tuesday, June 22, 2004 at 07:10:55