Machines, Humanity, and a Canadian Tragedy: A Ten Commandments’ Story

“talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road,” deuteronomy 6:5 operating a motor vehicle is a privilege. improperly operated, they are instruments of death and destruction. this operational impropriety can range from inattentive negligence to sinister intent. the tianamen square incident, as discussed in a prior blog, representsContinue reading “Machines, Humanity, and a Canadian Tragedy: A Ten Commandments’ Story”

The State of California’s Unofficial Jewish Ethnic Studies Program: Session III: A Ten Commandments’ Project

many ethnic groups have rites of passage into adulthood. the jewish people’s rite of passage is called a “bnei mitzvah.” a rough translation is child of the commandment or law. it is a called “bat mitzvah” for girls and “bar mitzvah” for boys. jewish children, at approximately 12-13 years of age, will undergo this riteContinue reading “The State of California’s Unofficial Jewish Ethnic Studies Program: Session III: A Ten Commandments’ Project”

NY School Chancellor Makes No Bueno Decision Concerning an Unprincipled Principal: A Ten Commandments’ Tale

public school principals exert tremendous power over both employees and students. principals can impact both parents and children. principals act on both matters of discipline to class assignment which can impact a child’s academic trajectory. likewise, principal can impact both teachers and school staff. principals have the power to subject to them to discipline, unfavorableContinue reading “NY School Chancellor Makes No Bueno Decision Concerning an Unprincipled Principal: A Ten Commandments’ Tale”

India’s Gift to Israel: Big Things Can Come in Small Packages

over the past decades, the bnei menashe tribe have been immigrating from india to israel. they are returning to ancestral homeland after approximately 2700 years of separation. they left israel 721 B.C. . the bnei menashe reside in north east india. they claim to be descendants of the tribe of menashe, one of the tenContinue reading “India’s Gift to Israel: Big Things Can Come in Small Packages”

Thou Shalt Not “Dine and Dash”: A Ten Commandments’ Tale

perhaps, due his delivering of manna from heaven prior to the epic mt. sinai moment, at the time that he laid out the ten commandments, he wasn’t thinking too much about restaurants. thus, did god forget to add the 11th commandment: “though shalt not dine and dash?” for those unfamiliar, “dine and dash” happens whenContinue reading “Thou Shalt Not “Dine and Dash”: A Ten Commandments’ Tale”

The State of California’s Unofficial Jewish Ethnic Studies Program: Session II: A Ten Commandments’ Project

rituals can define an ethnic group. this session with discuss the notion of ritual, the origins of rituals, and how a ritual can shape an ethnic community. per merriam webster, a ritual is defined by “the established form for a ceremony or an act.” the jewish people were founded upon ritual. the first central ritualContinue reading “The State of California’s Unofficial Jewish Ethnic Studies Program: Session II: A Ten Commandments’ Project”

Rules For Some, Rules For None: A Rollerball Society: A Ten Commandments’ Tale

“No, there aren’t. There aren’t any rules at all.” Jonathan E Rollerball (1975) while george orwell’s novels 1984 and animal farm describe the current world of politics and power. the 1975 movie “rollerball” offers an additional dimension. have governments, social activists and corporations worked in concert to create a societal vision? this question, in part,Continue reading “Rules For Some, Rules For None: A Rollerball Society: A Ten Commandments’ Tale”

Someone Lied and Someone Died: A Ten Commandments’ Story: A Cautionary Tale for the United States

“lies are like matches, you play with one and you can start a fire” ten commandments’ violations can have a cascade effect. one violation, a lie, can lead to a bigger and more consequential violation, a murder. currently, the united states has a number of individuals, media and institutions freely spewing lies about fellow americansContinue reading “Someone Lied and Someone Died: A Ten Commandments’ Story: A Cautionary Tale for the United States”

A Tale of a Child’s Rebellion

i ran into a wonderful caring mother who i have known for years. she had a developmentally disabled child. the child i believed was at at least eighteen or may have been in her early 20s. this mother was depressed. she told me that there has been a change in her daughter. she no longerContinue reading “A Tale of a Child’s Rebellion”

The Blended Commandments? Academics vs. Real Life: What Is Sufficient?

in the book “the ten commandments a short history of an ancient text”, the author, michael coogan, does a thoughtful and scholarly inquiry into the ten commandments. one of mr. coogan’s obsession within his book is to lay out that the torah contain multiple versions the ten commandments. further, he points out the additional ritualContinue reading “The Blended Commandments? Academics vs. Real Life: What Is Sufficient?”