October 2016

Courage. Faith. Principle

We spent Thursday night with a few hundred Christians who are picking grapes in Israel. Then we met a small group of new Jewish Israeli immigrants on Friday morning. All these people are in the “occupied territory,” a term designed to denigrate them and twist public opinion. How wonderful to be with strong and Godly …

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I’m Burnt Out

Question: After a few years of over-working and ignoring the warning signs, I may have reached a “burnout” stage. What used to be easy at work is now difficult; the drive I used to have feels like it has been sapped; and I have noticed a negative change in my attitude.  Does ancient Jewish wisdom...

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Vulgar, Lewd and Getting My Vote

If you’ve known me for a while, you know that I have a visceral, negative reaction to vulgarity. Guests to our home have been on the receiving end of a withering stare for saying something judged as ‘not refined,’ an anemic, weak distant relative of Donald Trump’s words. I expect my daughters to be treated...

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Escape Yesterday

God spare us from these things, but have you ever wondered how someone who apparently had everything to live for, took his or her own life?  A young woman recently qualified as a physician, with grueling years of training behind her and on the threshold of a promising career, throws herself off her hospital roof. ...

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Choose Life

What if you do not want to pray for life? That thought ran as an undercurrent through my mind as I prayed the extra prayers during the Ten Days of Repentance that culminate with Yom Kippur – the Day of Atonement. Many of those prayers plead with God for the opportunity to live for another...

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More Police Officers Killed

Two more police officers were targeted and killed on Saturday in California. Meanwhile, for taking on the job of protecting the public you get reviled by President Obama and the media who assume you are guilty even after being proven innocent. If the bad apples in politics were removed, we’d have an almost empty Senate. If the …

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Adina’s Israel Story – Guest Musing

Adina is the daughter of one of my best friends and one of my daughter’s best friends.  My aunt and uncle and many of my cousins and friends live within a short distance of Adina and her family. This is her story. We overslept this morning. Instead of our usual 6am wake up, my husband...

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How should I deal with panhandlers?

Question: What is your philosophy on panhandlers and what would you recommend one do when the city you’re in encourages people to put their money in change machines (they look like parking meters) supposedly for the purpose of helping the poor instead of giving to panhandlers directly? John Answer: Dear John, May we answer the...

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Does God Determine How Much You Earn?

The Jewish “New Year”, Rosh Hashana,  has just ended.  I have been privileged to be teaching in Jerusalem where several people have asked me the same question.  If God judges every human on this holyday, and furthermore He determines the fate of everyone including their financial fortunes, why bother working?  Everything is up to God …

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As we celebrate Rosh HaShana,  the start of the year 5777, we pray that it be a be a year of mercy and blessing.

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