Friday, September 25, 2015

Pope Francis

Am deeply moved, watching Pope Francis on television--seeing the beneficence, the cheerfulness, the kindheartedness he extends.  His visit is remarkable, and inspiring.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Recommended Reading

Rosh Hashanah Readings: Inspiration, Information and Contemplation, Edited by Rabbi Dov Peretz Elkins.

Yom Kippur Readings: Inspiration, Information and Contemplation, Edited by Rabbi Dov Peretz Elkins.

Sunday, August 2, 2015

CECIL Act and New Jersey Senator Robert Menendez

From Yahoo News: "US senator introduces 'CECIL' act to curb trophy hunting."

Am pleased to hear that Senator Menendez is taking this step.  Am also glad that my other New Jersey Senator, Cory Booker, as well as Connecticut's Richard Blumenthal, and Maryland's Ben Cardin, are signing on as co-sponsors.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

The South Carolina church

What a terrible and tragic story--the killings, Wednesday evening, in the South Carolina church.  Here is a piece from; it provides portraits of several of the victims.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Washington Post blog post about Shepard Smith

Here is a blog post, from Erik Wemple of the Washington Post, who writes about media.  The piece, titled "Shepard Smith, the racial conscience of Fox News," appeared on Tuesday (April 28th).

Saturday, April 25, 2015

The Armenian Genocide

Friday (April 24th) was the 100th anniversary of the start of the Armenian genocide.

I am currently reading "The Burning Tigris: The Armenian Genocide and America's Response," by Peter Balakian.

I am also planning on reading the noted 1933 novel about the genocide, "The Forty Days of Musa Dagh," by Franz Werfel.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Oklahoma City, 1995

It is startling, that it has been twenty years since the terrible and catastrophic terrorist attack in Oklahoma City.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Holocaust Remembrance Day

From Time Magazine, on-line, concerning today's Holocaust Remembrance Day.

In Israel, the observance began last night, and continued until this evening.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

April 14, 1865

The 150th anniversary of Robert E. Lee's surrender to Ulysses S. Grant, at Appomattox, occurred on April 9th. Today is the 150th anniversary of the assassination of President Lincoln. He was shot on the night of April 14, 1865, and died the next morning.

Here is a story concerning events and exhibits related to the assassination, and the anniversary:

Monday, March 16, 2015

"#AskHamas," on Twitter

Here are two stories about "#AskHamas," the Twitter public relations campaign by the terror group, and how it didn't necessarily go the way Hamas might have liked.

The first is from Tablet Magazine; the second appeared in The Times of Israel.