The ongoing saga of the yarmulke wearing Dr. Simcha Goldman and the US Air Force
The Air Force’s defense was that the Constitution only protected a genuine religious law; not a personal preference. Wearing a yarmulke, they argued, was not the law.
Goldman's fight against the entire military establishment was stressful yet, oddly, exhilarating. He felt the Almighty was tapping him on the shoulder, whispering, “I want you to pull this off for Me”
Law-abiding, mild-mannered, Rabbi Dr. (Psychology) Simcha Goldman was unprepared to obey the direct order of his commander that he could NOT wear his yarmulke outside the hospital. Strike 2 on Goldman
Dr. Goldman went from testifying as an expert witness to being the defendant. Could it have been because of his yamulke?
Mitchell Geller was inducted as a Jewish chaplain; a rabbi and a beard go hand in hand. To tell a rabbi to take off his beard would be akin to telling a Catholic Father to remove his collar.
The story of Air Force Chaplain Rabbi Geller's options concerning his beard: "Either you go to the barber shop or you go to jail."
It is quite a mind-shift to look at your life from the future. This entails thinking about your greatest legacy, how will one be remembered?
This Torah family, despite being in mourning, truly understood the value of every act and how it could change the world.
At its worst, nearly 200,000 'fare-beaters' daily entered NY City's transit system without paying
How the "Broken Windows Theory" helped solve graffiti on NYC subways and led to a more orderly NYC.
A person's environment can work for the good or the bad; but it works more powerfully for the bad.
No year will exceed the seminary year in influencing the development of these young women.
Chanukah teaches the secret that greatness is how you respond-It’s how you fight&sacrifice for RIGHT
Though the Yale 5 lost the case and appeal, they ultimately won: Yale became flexible about housing
The Yale 5 became the cause célèbre of liberals who maligned & conservatives who triumphed the cause
The Yale 5 were treated liked pariahs by their fellow Jewish students; their beliefs rejected
Since the students knew the housing rules in advance they should not have picked Yale hoping for an exception in their instance.
Yale argued living on campus meant living in the "real world," with its complexities and challenges
I felt terror posing questions to Rav Elyashiv doing so only twice in the 9 years I was in his shiur