July 2017

The Night Is Dark

It is helpful to discover that the child who seems irrationally scared of dogs was once bitten by a snarling mongrel. Knowing that Moslem forces were defeated when their siege of Vienna was repulsed on September 11th, 1683, helps make sense of their September 11, 2001 attack on the United States.  The past should not […]

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Brains, Heart and Courage

Wednesday morning’s Wall Street Journal crossword puzzle had the following clue: “Cowardly lion’s lack.” As a child, I watched the Wizard of Oz annually on TV followed by recurring nightmares, but it has been many years since I saw it. As I dredged my memory, I remembered the Scarecrow wanting a brain and the Tin

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Loans with no payback? The Shemitah Year

I’ve read a lot of your books, yet didn’t see you ever speak about this particular thing:  Reading the Books of Law, I see quite a few mentions about helping out the poor. Not by giveaways, but by lending them what they need (Deut. 15:7-8). It would seem to be logical to give away, But

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How My Israeli Children Are Different from Me – guest post

I love reading the blog posts of a woman who writes from Israel under the name “Jewish Mom.” She has given permission to repost what she wrote after the slaughter of the Salomon family at their home on Friday night. I have put an asterisk next to terms that may be unfamiliar to many of

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How Much Is Too Much?

Policies that contradict timeless truths expressed in the Bible simply don’t work.  Confiscatory rates of taxation and punitive inheritance taxes fly in the face of wisdom contained in ancient texts revered by tens of millions of Jews and Christians. These texts are relevant today because ideologies which the Bible frowns upon inevitably turn out to

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Self-Made Women

The cover story headline on Forbes magazine, America’s Richest Self-Made Women caught my attention. Surely, the stories of the sixty women listed would shine a light on women and money. It did, though I’m not sure that what I saw will make social engineers happy. Here are some sentences from the top four bios: #1)

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Are Pets Animals Too?

It says in the Bible that a good man cares for his “beast.” ‘Does this just mean animals that are “useful” such as cows that give meat and milk or does it mean all pets, such as dogs and cats.   P.S. Like your show very much. We watch it every day when possible. There

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Forget Father’s Day & Dismiss Mother’s Day

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?

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I’m Not Scary; Are You?

There is a blog I regularly read because doing so makes me a better person. In it, a mother details with great honesty her emotions and experiences as she and her husband raise a son with serious disabilities and a, thankfully, healthy daughter. She and I have never met, yet she is afraid of me

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Thousands will Die

The pop-up on my computer suggests that  I contact my Congressmen to tell him not to tangle with Obamacare. Seemingly, the same Republicans who years ago wanted to push Grandma off a cliff in a wheelchair (I don’t even remember which election cycle that was from)  are now planning to kill thousands. Where is the

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