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Social Justice Fetishism

Liberal Jews have invented the myth that Judaism is a synonym for the pursuit of "social justice."

Crowds, Conventions and the Slow Death Of Individualism in America

My dear readers, let's look for a few moments behind the news. As we may readily learn from the philosophers, every sham can have a patina.

Eliot Spitzer And America’s Soul

By now, Eliot Spitzer is no longer on the front pages, but America's recent fascination with the former New York governor and high-end prostitution did reveal a great deal.

The Essence Of Evil

If you were to stare evil in the eye, what would you see? What would be its character traits? What would form its origins?

Title: Scattered Blossoms

Gita Gordon's well-structured, interesting historic fiction contains the building blocks of a decent society.

Redeeming America’s Soul… Not By Presidential Elections

Every four years America looks to a new president as a source of real hope. And every four years the code word of each yelling aspirant is "change."

Religion Is Not A Quick Fix

Not only was I raised in a "religious" home, but with my father serving for the last 50 years as the rabbi of our − at first fledging, and now, vibrant − Toronto community, I was given the endearing designation of being "the rabbi's daughter."

Getting Past The Whatever Attitude

A parent turns to her teenaged son and asks, "What's bothering you?" "Whatever," answers the kid with a disconsolate shrug.

Holocaust Educational Web Sites

Last week's anniversary of Kristallnacht reminded us that the Shoah happened in a relatively cultured society.

Title: Diamond Stories, Enduring Change On 47th Street

"There were these two diamond dealers negotiating over a diamond.

Testimonials – An Acceptance Speech

For the last two weeks I have tried to give you a different perspective of a caregiver.

A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words (Part 5)

The last cartoon that came out of the discussion with the well spouse group depicted how society sees the well spouse, or should I say doesn't see him.

A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words (Part 4)

The next two cartoons from the well spouse group I interviewed are almost identical. One seems to me to come from society and one from chronically ill spouses themselves.

The Old Shtetl Ilza (Drildz)

Ilza is a picturesque town in a valley along the Ilzanka River in south-central Poland.

Suffocating In Mass Society: The Bloodless Death Of Individual Dignity In America (First of...

Ravaged by excess - of consumption and commodities rather than of understanding - America now lives anxiously in crowds. This is naturally pleasing to politicians of all persuasions, for whom herding the people together where they cannot think is always "good."

The Heavenly Gift Of Restraint

With Pesach upon us, Jews must refrain from indulging in some of their favorite foods, drinks and even cosmetics for over a week.

Title: The Nazi Conscience

In The Lord of The Flies, author William Goldman told the story of how a group of children marooned on an island formed a society that descended into the depravity of progressive marginalizing some of its members.

Resisting Personhood: The Loneliness Of Cell Phone Addiction

One wonders, what are they talking ABOUT? With WHOM are they talking? WHY are they compelled to be SEEN on the phone? And why are they so undeniably eager that others overhear their conversation?

Celestial Sightings

With an active household and a busy lifestyle, my day, as for most people, is full of many mundane chores that need to be taken care of as part of the routine schedule.

The People In American Politics

Now that the primary season is seriously upon us, at least one claim is common to all of the candidates. No matter the differences between them, all of the political aspirants exhibit a fundamental populism. "I want to be the people's president" is their shared mantra. Indeed, for any of them to suggest otherwise would be far more than foolish; it would be downright blasphemous.

Understanding Recession And Bear Markets A New American Perspective

Personal consumption drives our American economy. To uplift the financial markets and restore confidence on Wall Street and Main Street, everyone now wants the consumer to buy more. Without an aggressive expansion of consumer spending, corporate earnings will remain depressed, growth will stagnate, unemployment will increase, and stock values will decline even further. What then should we do?

Wake-Up Call

A basic tenet of our faith is that there are no random occurrences. The Hebrew word "mikreh" - something that happens coincidentally, also spells the words "karah me'HaShem" - happened by the will of G-d. To be sure, we never know definitive reasons for occurrences - they are beyond the scope of our human minds. But one thing is certain - nothing, but nothing, happens capriciously. It therefore behooves us to at least make an attempt to listen and try to discern the meaning of the messages that HaShem is sending us.

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