Month: July 2020

Only Six More Years?

The inflamed mob filled the area surrounding the despised statue. After flinging dozens of ropes over it, the crowd heaved and down came that hated symbol of repression.  The happy horde celebrated.  I was unable to be there to witness this historic first toppling of an American statue because it happened on July 9th, 1776. ...

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Parents Living in Fear

I often stand in awe of Israeli technology. This tiny country is the source of an unusual number of innovative, life-improving and life-saving techniques. However, not all innovation, brilliant as it may be, is positive. I watched the following video highlighting a new product that lets babies “speak” to their parents. No more guessing whether...

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The Who-Is-A-Nazi Parlor Game

For those of us under the age of 100, the name of journalist and radio commentator Dorothy Thompson may not ring a bell. Yet, when her picture appeared on the cover of Time magazine in 1939, the accompanying article compared her influence to that of Eleanor Roosevelt. A few years earlier while working in Germany,...

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Inheritance Conflict

Dear Rabbi and Mrs. Lapin, This question pertains to executing my recently deceased mother’s will.  FYI, she was larger than life, the most humble person I have ever known, calm in any crisis and lived to 91 years old.  One of my sisters and I are the executors.  I have four living sisters as well...

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Keep it Simple

A ‘Your Mother’s Guidance’ Post by Rebecca Masinter Deuteronomy 18:13 says, “You should be tamim with Hashem your God.”  Tamim is a difficult Hebrew word to understand. It is alternatively translated as simple, blameless or perfect. None of these capture the whole picture. One of the main transmitters of ancient Jewish wisdom, known as Rashi,...

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Carl Reiner’s Privilege

It is refreshing to read the obituaries for 98-year-old Carl Reiner. Not only does the Hollywood figure leave behind seemingly genuinely mourning family and friends, but the words describing the entertainer’s life do not include the following: COVID-19, Biden/Trump, sexist, racist or privilege. It is the omission of the last word that I would like...

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Who is a “Happy Warrior”?

I enjoy Rabbi Lapin’s podcast and Mrs. Lapin’s “Musings” very much. Can you explain what you mean by the phrase “happy warriors”? Thank you, and may G-d bless your family. From: Kristyn H. Hi Kristyn, This is such a great question that in addition to answering it here, we will be putting it up on...

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