Month: October 2016

Is This Why American Airlines and Fedex Lost Aircraft This Past Friday?

An American Airlines airplane aborted a take-off from Chicago’s O’Hare,  just in time, thank God, when one of its engines exploded and caught fire this past Friday.  A few hours later, a Fedex-owned aircraft caught fire at Fort Lauderdale Airport in Florida.  Were these both cases of negligence by maintenance crew?  With modern airplanes equipped …

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Moral in the Eye of the Beholder

Sometimes, living in today’s world can make one dizzier than a sped up roller coaster. A few times recently, newspaper articles starkly contrasted with one  another. A short while ago, Gene Klein wrote a thoughtful article for the Wall Street Journal explaining why 94 year old Oskar Gröning, who was a paper-pusher at Auschwitz, correctly received …

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Despicable Names

Question: Why do some of the names in the Old Testament have such bad meanings?  Can’t they be self-fulfilling prophecies? Laura Answer: What a great question!  We would like to add an explanation for people who are new to ancient Jewish wisdom. We frequently mention, on our TV show and in our resources, that every …

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Strike Them Down

There we were, Mrs. Lapin and I, breakfasting with friends on a rooftop patio overlooking the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem.  One of our breakfast companions is well connected with Israel’s high tech community and I immediately resolved to share with you what he disclosed to me. But first, by way of introduction, I must ask …

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Closing Holy Day

Sunday night, Oct. 23, starts the final holy day of this Jewish month that is chock-full of festivals. It seems a special gift from God this year, to take extra breaks from listening to the news and views out there. If you’re not Jewish or perhaps you are Jewish but don’t observe these holy days, why not …

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What’s in a Name?

In an act of unprecedented ostentatiousness, Gerald Guterman chartered the famous ocean liner, the QE2, along with its one thousand crew members to celebrate his son’s bar-mitzvah in 1986. Our son’s bar-mitzvah was solemnized in a small synagogue built on the Los Angeles ocean front in the 1940s.  Guterman was trying to add meaning to …

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