Obamacare, abortion and taxes

A sensible scripture-based answer to the question of “should we pay taxes which possibly will go to support abortion?” Render unto Caesar

Remembering Hebron

Israel recently observed the 80th anniversary one of the worst massacres in the history of the Palestine area. Another good example of Islam as a “peaceful” religion. The propaganda about the existence of Israel and US support being the reason for the on-going atrocities in the Middle East is bunk. It id the htred and violence of the Oslamic religion that is the source....

Reaching for the Holy

From a man I admire greatly, Rabbi Moshe Kempinski of Jerusalem I am My Beloved’s and My Beloved is Mine. Moshe Kempinski The old city of Jerusalem during these evenings is awash with people. They arrive in large groups. They arrive with their families. They arrive alone. They do not come as tourists. They are not here to tour any location. They are not here to see anything. They are here to feel and listen. During the days of Elul and Tishrei each individual soul undergoes a spiritual voyage that is unparalleled in its intensity and awesome in its implications. It is in the month of Elul that we begin again the courtship with the Beloved and the Hebrew letters that make up the word Elul are also the first letters of the verse ” Ani Ledodi VeDodi Lee-I Am My Beloved’s and my Beloved is Mine. This powerful verse comes from the ultimate love poem written by King Solomon as beautiful allegory of a love story between the infinite and the finite. The great sage Rabbi Akiba declared, “Heaven forbid that any man in Israel ever disputed that the Song of Songs is holy. For the whole world is not worth the day on which the Song of Songs was given to Israel, for all the Writings are holy and the Song of Songs is holy of holies.” (Mishnah Yadayim 3:5). It is clearly an allegory as the young maiden and her beloved keeps changing. At times he is a shepherd, at times a king and the young maiden keeps changing roles as well. During the month of...

Words are that powerful

Moshe Kempinski Torah Portion ; Matot (Numbers 30:2-32:42) The Torah portion of Mattot begins with the admonitions regarding vows, oaths and obligations. The old adage” sticks and stones can break my bones but words can never harm me” is simply false in Judaism. Words are not harmless nor are they harmful. Yet words have power. The world was created with words. Relationships are built up with words. Our children discover themeselves through words…theirs and ours. Words thrown about carelessly can foster hatred and can lead to the destruction of the temple, both spiritual and physical.. Yet on the other hand words can create songs and words become the vessels of prayer. Yet we are so careless with them! King Solomon wrote “Better that you not vow, than that you should vow and not fulfill.( KOHELLET/ Ecclesiastes 5:4) Words have an innate power. In Hebrew the name for a “word” is DAVAR and the name for a “thing” is a davar. We learn that words create new reality and at the same time that reality speaks words. That is the basis of our relationship with the Infinite One .We use words to bridge the seemingly impossibly wide chasm between we the finite and He the infinite. At the same time the Creator speaks with us through his creation, things speak. That is the secret of the bridge between us that was taught to Moshe ( Moses) in the cleft in the rock when he asked G-d to show him His Glory. Our torah portion then warns us of the power, potential and dangers of words and vows. It sets up...

Playing to the Audience: Moral Relativism and American Universities

Secular universities in America are uniformly liberal, and the disease has spread to the Catholic Universities. Political diversity at our universities is non existent. Obama was speaking to a sympathetic audience at Notre Dame. Although his stance on abortion is 180 degrees from the Catholic position, it is most likely right in line with the views of the faculty and students at Notre Dame. Why Notre Dame still calls itself a Catholic University is beyond me. Read Star Parker on His visit to Notre Dame. Obama at Notre...

A Call to Action

This video should be a wake up call to all of us. The Western culture is changing slowly but inexorably. Can the trend be reversed? A Changing World