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After a three-and-a-half year hiatus, I have returned to the blogosphere. Woohoo.

What, you don’t remember reading my previous musings? No worries. Neither do I. I think the readership consisted of me, four friends, some guy in China trying to sell Viagra, and my mom.

Anyway, now that I’m back in front of a blogging dashboard, I hope to explore a variety of ideas and topics in this space that revolve around or relate to poverty, social justice, and the law.

You may be wondering what rachmones means in the URL. It’s Yiddish for “compassion” and is actually derived from the Hebrew root word רחם (rechem), meaning “womb.” As Leo Rosten, in his The Joys of Yiddish explains the concept, one should look upon others with the same love and feeling that a mother feels for the issue of her womb.

Exploring poverty, social justice, and law from the perspective of rachmones will hopefully provide some unique and intriguing insights for me and you.

Also, I hope to talk about the great (and sometimes not-so-great) State of Michigan in this blog, too.

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  1. October 31, 2010 at 4:22 PM

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  2. August 5, 2012 at 9:51 PM

    Rachmones is key in health care reform, don’t you agree? Please visit and comment on my website.

  3. June 25, 2013 at 11:11 PM

    Flablunget” is one of my favorite Yiddish words. In fact, my name is Zisa Moglen and I wrote a book called THE FLABLUNGET CHRONICLES — Yiddish words, poetry, short stories and recipes. What else? There is a picture of a chicken flapping his wings but no head. Yes, because flablunget means “running around in circles like a chicken without a head,” the cover of my book has a cartoon of a headless chicken.

    Some people spell it flarblunget or some other variation. Remember the National Spelling Bee champion who triumphed when he spelled kneidel correctly? I think that kneidel can be spelled in a variety of ways. (My mother always said the plural — knaydlach).

  4. June 25, 2013 at 11:16 PM

    Several weeks ago, the New York Times featured a judge who was described as a mensch and filled with rachmones in his courtroom. Like me, he is from Brooklyn NY. The front page described him because he was involved in the big national FDA case. Do you remember his name?

  5. June 26, 2013 at 10:59 AM

    Thank you, Barney Google….thanks to you, I learned that his name is Edward Korman….Eastern District Judge Korman to be exact. He renderred a decision on the morning after pill and hence, the controversy. He was interviewed for the NEW YORK TIMES story on his 1940s style chartreuse and raspberry couch! And he is known for his rachmones…..also, he hails from Brooklyn neighborhood — see Zisa Moglen’s first book: SECOND LAMPPOST ON THE LEFT: Stories from My Brooklyn Neighboorhood.

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    November 1, 2017 at 5:01 PM

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