One Can Choose the Good, or…

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One can chose kindness or its opposite. One can chose there being a livable planet for our future generations. Or one can choose the opposite.

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Listen to this Girl. Listen to Her….

What an amazing girl! This is one of the most uplifting stories you’ll see! Here is a link to the CBS 60 Minutes segment. And this year, Alma will debut Carnegie Hall!

Here she is performing one of her magical pieces (from her YouTube channel), one that she wrote at age nine.

Teaching Respect. Teaching Kindness

Frontline Holocaust Education

 

Judaism. Christianity. Islam. Central to all three Abrahamic faiths is love, especially others. From the book of Exodus: V’ahavta l’reacha kamocha, And you shall love the stranger as yourself.

Congregants of all three faiths have recently been the victims of deadly hate attacks in what was supposed to be their sanctuary. A place of faith, of safety, of love.

Love comes naturally. It is what we are born with. The same can be said of altruism. Hate is something learned. And hate has been on the rise, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, Anti Defamation League, and Simon Wiesenthal Center.

An insightful article from PBS Frontline explores how to teach about the evils of anti-Semitism in schools through Holocaust education. Moreover, Holocaust education is about fighting hate directed against all groups.

That piece depicts a project in which saplings from a chestnut tree have been planted at important locations throughout the U.S. And this was not just any tree. The chestnut in question was the one Anne Frank described in her diary as she peered out the window from her place of hiding. “From my favorite spot on the floor I look up at the blue sky and the bare chestnut tree, on whose branches little raindrops shine,” wrote Anne Frank. “As long as this exists, and it certainly always will, I know that then there will always be comfort for every sorrow, whatever the circumstances might be.”

 

 

https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/frontline/article/with-anti-semitic-incidents-in-schools-on-the-rise-teachers-grapple-with-holocaust-education/

The Future Is Here

Notre Dame is more than a building. She will be rebuilt. However, there’s another fire that shocks us. Climate change. And the Earth, once destroyed, cannot be rebuilt. This speech should leave everyone speechless. This brave, wise, and compassionate little girl, Greta Thurnberg, is a courageous leader. It is her generation that will have to confront what has and will happen to our beautiful planet. In my mind, she’s a hero!

God Is Neither Straight or a Dude

Pavlovitz God Is not a Dude

 

“God not a dude.” Very well said! Descriptions of God in the Jewish bible (Tanakh) are just that; they are not meant to be taken literally, as God (Hashem) demands “He” not be seen (especially in Exodus). Pavlovitz points out “ruach,” the spirit of God is a feminine word. I’ll add “shekinah,” also spirit, which is described as a feminine quality. All people were and are created equally; we are brothers and sisters.