Month: May 2011

Vision – Mission – Vision

I used to teach Torah to an audience of Jewish atheists. They were secular and skeptical but also curious and intellectually honest. I greatly enjoyed our weekly meetings. I felt humbled when most of them embraced God and His word, becoming observant Jews. They challenged me with great questions including this one: The last fifteen...

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How About an Ignorance Tax?

How is Memorial Day different from Presidents Day? How does each differ from Veterans Day? These aren’t variations on a riddle, but my idea for raising taxes. In my opinion we should forget about sin taxes on cigarettes or junk food; reduce business and income taxes and make up the difference with an ignorance tax....

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Park Day – For Children Only?

Did you participate in last week’s designated “Take Our Children to the Park…and Leave Them There Day”? While it may not have the visibility of Groundhog Day or the appeal of National Doughnut Day (the first Friday in June), you might have seen an article promoting it in the Wall Street Journal. Lenore Skenazy, who...

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Love that Counts

This coming Sunday is Susan and my wedding anniversary. Whenever I say her name an irrepressible surge of ecstatic appreciation wells up in my heart. My gratitude for the love she lavishes upon me and for the delirious joy I feel in her company is exceeded by the adoring amazement I feel about her agreeing...

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Out of Tune

My youngest daughter is pragmatically deciding whether to continue college or rather to get certified in an area that interests her. She is part of a generation that knows that college attendance and education are not necessarily synonymous. In her experience and that of her siblings, they are frequently polar opposites. For this reason, she...

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Loving Limits

During the past year or so, despite the recession, I have been noticing quite a few companies reporting excellent earnings. Upon reading their reports it became clear that many of them achieved this without increasing sales revenues. Instead, it was rigid cost discipline that allowed these firms to post profits. Many families have followed a...

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Five Minutes

In five minutes I can write a warm note to a friend letting them know that I am thinking of them. In five minutes, I can check if my bank and I have the same balance for my account. In five minutes I can recite a chapter or two of Psalms or unload the dishwasher...

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Just Tell Me What to Do

Have you ever wished you had access to an all-knowing oracle; a kind of magic 8-Ball? Silly question! Of course you have. Who hasn’t? Should you quit your job and start the business you’ve always dreamed of? Easy—ask the oracle. Is the person courting your daughter someone she’ll grow to love and respect? No problem—ask...

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Here Comes the Promotion; There Goes the Marriage

All right. That wasn’t exactly what the large letters at the top of April 28’s Wall Street Journal declared, enticing one to read the related article in the Personal Journal section. It was actually “Here Come the Baby; There Goes the Marriage.” But wouldn’t my suggested title work as well? How about any of the...

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