Posts by Rabbi Daniel Lapin

Dreadful Weather

September 7th, 2017 Posted by On Our Mind 1 comment

The powerful storms that we have watched battering cities, islands, farms, and every kind of human habitation have brought pain and suffering. They have also exposed human heroism and sadly also human venality and evil. The one thing they haven’t done is “prove” the evils of climate change, global warming, or the need for the so-called “Paris accords”. The callous cynicism exhibited by those environmental activists and professional agitators at this time is shameful.

Your Next Postcard = The Transcontinental Railroad of The 1860s

August 15th, 2017 Posted by On Our Mind 2 comments

When the Golden Spike was driven in the spring of 1869 to join the railroad that came from the east to that which came from the west where they met in Utah, a new era of human productivity began. Anything that facilitates human connection brings positive results whether it was the telegraph in 1844 or the telephone, radio, television right up to the Internet in our time. Every time you pick up the phone to connect with someone, positive steps are set in place even though you may not know the eventual result. When you write someone a postcard and drop it in the mail, it might end up as significant as the first time it became possible to ride the rails across the continent. We never know what can grow from the seeds of human connection. Try it!

Forget Father’s Day & Dismiss Mother’s Day

July 17th, 2017 Posted by On Our Mind 6 comments

I know that neither of those two calendar highlights are close to us which makes this a good time to reconsider them in the cold light of clinical analysis.

Why does the culture make such a big deal about these two arbitrary days while nobody thinks of establishing a Husband’s Day and a Wife’s Day?

Reason 1: A culture fundamentally hostile to the traditional Biblical family model, is not keen on celebrating husbands and wives. Recognizing a mother or a father makes no comment about whether mom and dad were married when they conceived you or whether they invested years in raising you in the cocoon of their love and commitment.

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Happy 4th! Gaze Up At Those Fireworks Towards The Heavens

July 4th, 2017 Posted by On Our Mind No Comment yet

NUMBERS 21:10
And Moses made a snake of copper, and put it up high on a pole, and it came to pass, that if a snake had bitten anyone, when he looked at the serpent of copper, he lived.

ANCIENT JEWISH WISDOM (Rashi)
…and does a copper snake really have the power to cure? Of course not. But when it made the Israelites look upwards, their eyes were drawn to heaven and their hearts were reminded of their Father in heaven and that cured them….

JOHN ADAMS LETTER TO ABIGAIL ADAMS JULY 3, 1776
I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival. It ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance by solemn Acts of Devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and ILLUMINATIONS from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more.

ROD OF ASCLEPIUS

In Greek mythology, the Rod of Asclepius is a serpent-entwined rod wielded by the Greek god Asclepius, a deity associated with healing and medicine. The symbol has continued to be used in modern times, where it is associated with medicine and health care,

Do You Know Who Is Fighting America’s Real War?

June 20th, 2017 Posted by On Our Mind 5 comments

Back in the 90s I wrote a book, America’s Real War. In it I demonstrated how a deep canyon cuts through American culture. On one side are all those who believe that Biblically-based Judeo Christian values are vital for our nation’s survival. On the other side are those who view such values as primitive obstructions to progress. America’s real war is not between America and Russia, or China, Or Islam. Nor is it between rich and poor, blacks and whites, or men and women. It certainly isn’t between Jews and Christians. It is a war between those who see Judeo Christian values as vital and those who see them as obsolete barriers to progress. There are rich and poor on both sides. Blacks and whites on both sides. Men and women on both sides. And yes, there are both Jews and Christians on both sides. Whether today’s children will grow up in an America that bears any resemblance to the country that won World War II depends upon which side triumphs in America’s Real War. We are currently working on a new edition of the 20 year-old book with new chapters explaining, among other things, the bizarre alliance between secular fundamentalism and Islamic jihad.

Wishing those injured by gunshot in Alexandria this morning, a full & speedy recovery

June 14th, 2017 Posted by On Our Mind 1 comment

Yes, I know…If only 1/100th of 1% of Americans are crazy, (that’s one person in 10,000, and you know from looking around you that is is higher than that, right?) and every really crazy person acts out abominably only once each year, we ought to have about 85 really crazy bad incidents every day. So we’re quite lucky here in America. This morning was bad enough but at least we don’t have 85 such events a day.

Still, I’m curious. Will progressive socialists like Bernie and Hillary, like George Soros and Sen Chuck Schumer (NY) and their shills in media, government bureaucracies, entertainment, unions, and academia admit that their unrestrained and hyperbolic attacks on Pres. Donald Trump these last six months might just have qualified as hate-speech and maybe carries a little responsibility for this morning? If they do, I’ll commend them but I’m not holding my breath.

Well Done, Mr. Trump

June 2nd, 2017 Posted by On Our Mind 9 comments

The so-called Paris accord is nothing but a poorly concealed attempt to confiscate money from the pockets of hard working Americans for distribution to corrupt kleptocracies in the ‘Developing World’. Note that the only reason so many “Developing Countries” signed up was promises of American cash. America was intended to be one of the biggest funders. Before he left office, Obama managed to supply a third of the $3bn that America had promised to the UN’s Green Climate Fund, set up in 2010 as part of an international pledge to transfer $100bn of climate cash a year from “rich countries” (that means the good old US of A) to poor ones by 2020. Note also that the terms “Developing Countries” and “Poor Countries” are just euphemisms for rotten socialistic hell-holes that refuse to adopt western style government and western societal norms because doing so would inhibit the rampant theft and degenerate lifestyles of their leaders. How wonderfully refreshing to have a president who resists this primitive blackmail. Well done, Mr. Trump!

Moslem Murder In Manchester

May 23rd, 2017 Posted by On Our Mind 2 comments

Manchester is home to the second-biggest Jewish community in the United Kingdom. While a student in England, I regularly spent Jewish festivals with my cousins in Manchester. Needless to say, back then, even as a visibly identifiable Jew, one could safely walk almost anywhere in Manchester. For many years now, that has not been true. Starting in the 80s Muslim men attacked Jews walking home from synagogue with increasing frequency. Walking home from school became a terrifying ordeal for Jewish youngsters. Vandal attacks on Jewish property became endemic, yet the authorities did nothing. Why not? Because western leadership has become cowardly. Moslems often react violently to criticism while Jews do not so ignoring Jewish victims carried little cost. As the years went by, Moslem assailants became less fastidious when choosing their victims and the mayhem began to spread. By then cowardice was the default reaction from political leadership. Placating the Moslem population was seen as the avenue to peace. Last night the harvest was reaped. It goes without saying that not every Moslem is violent neither does every Moslem endorse violence. (Though the Palestinian Authority lends respectability to endorsing violence by compensating families of murderous terrorists.) Thought Experiment: If all the perpetrators of the last fifty savage attacks against innocent civilians happened to all be ballet dancers, how long before every ballet group in the world issued strong and definitive denunciations of terror? When a Jewish man killed 29 Muslim in Hebron about twenty-three years ago, Jews denounced him so widely you’d have thought nobody had ever done anything like this in all of human history. The government of Israel, every Jewish organization around the world and every rabbi condemned the murder. I’m just saying…
Meanwhile, Jews continue to serve the role of canary in the coal mine. I am nostalgic for the Manchester I used to know. These days large numbers of English-speaking people I meet in Israel are former residents of Manchester. Like France, Manchester is swopping its Jews for a considerably less peaceful population. Let’s hear how that’s all working out.

Childless By Choice Carries Consequences

May 8th, 2017 Posted by On Our Mind 2 comments

On our Ask the Rabbi feature, we recently answered a very sad question from a lady who suffered greatly from being childless. Yet there are others who are not only childless by choice but proudly and defiantly so. I have written in the past about how babies give birth to fathers even more than men create babies. In other words, having a child changes a man or woman even more than marriage does. One of the most significant changes is that a person with a baby tends to think more seriously about the future. Friends who were into extreme sports all report having lost their enthusiasm for courting death upon becoming parents.
An influential 20th century economist was John Maynard Keynes. One of his destructive ideas was that the free market was a doomed idea and that what really worked well was large scale governmental spending with accompanying deficits. Of course this is a great idea–for the generation happily spending themselves into trillion dollar debts. For their children however, it is a really bad idea. But wait! John Maynard Keynes never had any children. See the connection?
Now let’s look at Europe: France’s new president Emanuel Macron has no children. (His wife is 64). Germany’s Angela Merkel has no children either. Neither does Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte. While we’re at it Luxembourg’s prime minister Xavier Bettel is childless as is Sweden’s prime minister, Stefan Lofven. Scotland’s first minister Nicola Sturgeon has no children and there are a number of others but you get the idea. This is one of the reasons that I have been predicting the early demise of the European Economic Union. Its leaders are all one generation thinkers. What say you?

Crime Doesn’t Say

April 25th, 2017 Posted by Thought Tools 33 comments

On news broadcasts and interviews I have noticed something scary.  Boys involved in violent crime are largely illiterate.  This chilling correlation has been confirmed to me by friends in criminal justice and law enforcement.  You’d think that just by the laws of probability, at least some assailants and murderers when caught would have more to say than just meaningless gesticulations and obscenities.  I have been looking for just one carjacker who, upon being apprehended, told the policeman, “It’s challenging to understand, officer, I know, but while taking my afternoon constitutional, I was seized by an irresistible desire to inflict physical harm on an innocent citizen and to transfer his motor vehicle to my possession.”

Ancient Jewish wisdom suggests that the desire to communicate is present from birth and that parents who neglect this most crucial of their responsibilities may be complicit in their children’s later lack of socialization skills.

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