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“From the Mouths of…” – Spin, Propaganda and Lies
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From the beginning of time, half-truths, lies and falsehoods have been an effective weapon to soften, weaken and bring down nations and people.  The slanders used against the Jewish people throughout the generations have been designed to limit us, demonize us, and destroy us. They have always failed. But each generation seems destined and determined […]
So Hard to Say Goodbye
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I was in New York during the last months of my father’s life.  During that time, my father z’l stayed with my brother and sister-in-law in Toronto where they watched over and cared for him.  I, of course, came in to visit as much as I was able.  I had only just returned home after […]
No Man Is an Island
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…Ain’t it good to know that you’ve got a friend? – Carole King Passion. Hubris. Foolishness. When is a man’s charge to war a “call of righteousness” and when is it ego? Men all too often become consumed with their passions to right a perceived slight; all too often set afire by their quest for […]
With Eyes to See
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Who can doubt that miracles occur all the time?  Indeed, all of creation is miraculous.  To one with eyes to see, a flower is a miracle, the smile of a baby, the strength of a loving union, all miracles.  However, to those without eyes to see, the world can change beneath their feet and they […]
Come Up to Learn, Come Up to Inspire
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“Be what you would have your pupils be. All other teaching is unblessed mockery and apery.” – Thomas Carlyle When God commanded Moshe to instruct Aaron regarding the proper method of lighting the Menorah, the Torah records that, “Aaron did that, lighting the lamps to illuminate the Menorah, as God commanded Moshe.” What a strange […]
Every Grain of Sand
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…anyone who kills one soul of Israel is considered as if he has killed an entire world; And anyone who sustains one soul of Israel is considered as if he has sustained an entire world – Talmud Bavli, Sanhedrin 37B The vastness of the world around us can be overwhelming.  We think of the six […]