Justice, Justice Thou Shalt Pursue

In modern lingo, “justice, Justice you shall pursue.”  This is from Deuteronomy 16:18–21:9 and it has become a rallying point for many Reform Jews.  The concept of Tikkun Olam or repairing the world includes social justice and is the objective of many Jewish outreach programs and philanthropic support. Today, Judaism has evolved away from a … Continue reading Justice, Justice Thou Shalt Pursue

Ridiculosity*

Let’s start with the reality that George Santos may actually be sworn in as a member of the US House of Representatives.  Elected as a Republican, Santos built a campaign by inventing himself as a character.  He did not graduate from Baruch College nor NYU, nor did he work at Goldman Sachs or Citigroup.  The … Continue reading Ridiculosity*

Ode to John Irving

I recently finished John Irving’s latest novel, The Last Chairlift, and was viscerally reminded how much I appreciate and revel in his writing. I first read (and have subsequently re-read a few times) “The World According to Garp” while still in college and I loved it.  I liked it so much that I bought his … Continue reading Ode to John Irving

Where Have You Been?

First, the context. Last month, former President Trump had dinner at Mar-a-Logo with Ye West and Nick Fuentes.  Ye has had his own spate of recent, public antisemitic speech and Fuentes is a known antisemite.  According to NBC, Ye and Trump “had arranged to break bread Tuesday night at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club in Florida after … Continue reading Where Have You Been?

The 2022 Mid-Term Elections

As the media continues to scream “no red wave” in every possible way and on every imaginable platform they have, of course, missed the real message.  Its not that “the people” rejected the MAGA crowd.  Its that the MAGA crowd shrunk by just an itty-bitty little bit. In Co 3, Lauren Boebert (R) has 50.2% … Continue reading The 2022 Mid-Term Elections

The Demise of (Big) Social Media

I do not make a habit of touting my predictions.  First, because like most predictors, I am rarely right, but use the one time I was right to kid myself that I can actually see the future.  Secondly, like most other folks who are making predictions, I am biased towards the outcome I am professing. … Continue reading The Demise of (Big) Social Media

I Have A Reason To Be Scared

I am scared.  I am scared for my Catholic friends, my gay friends, my non-evangelical Christian friends, my women friends, my family and my Jewish community.  The rise of Christian nationalism is threatening a basic tenet of our agreement as a United States, our founding principle of the separation of Church and State.  But it … Continue reading I Have A Reason To Be Scared

Something Else To Worry About

Many of us have good reason to worry.  It is terribly bad out there.  Putin is doing nuclear saber-rattling, Trump is still bitching about losing, DeSantis is illegally kidnapping migrants and illegally shipping them to Martha’s Vineyard, Sinema has perfected her imitation of a Republican, Manchin is screwing over the conservationist wing of the Democratic … Continue reading Something Else To Worry About