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

ethnic groups may have origin stories. the jewish people’ origin story is written in an ancient text called the torah. the torah is also known as the five books of moses. the torah tells of a man, abraham or abram, who is consider judaism’s patriarch judaism. his wife, sarah or sara, is the matriarch. abrahamContinue reading “The State of California’s Unofficial Jewish Ethnic Studies Program: Session I: A Ten Commandments’ Project”

The Passover for the Rest of Us? Remembrance of The World’s Pandemic Year: An Opportunity Lost?

passover celebration focuses in part on the remembrance of ten plagues. the focal plague was the tenth plague, the death of the first-born egyptians. the thousands of year old celebration of passover is to be held annually for all eternity. the celebration include the seder which is the retelling of the tale. as it isContinue reading “The Passover for the Rest of Us? Remembrance of The World’s Pandemic Year: An Opportunity Lost?”

Fast Food Moses? A Smashing Event Analyzed: A Ten Commandments’ Tale

recently, video has emerged of a man having a dispute in a fast food restaurant. it appeared he was shorted some “chicken wings” from his order. not getting satisfaction from the workers and apparent management, he proceeded to grab the cash register and smash it to the ground and through it through a window. beforeContinue reading “Fast Food Moses? A Smashing Event Analyzed: A Ten Commandments’ Tale”

Bullying: A Ten Commandments’ Issue That Was Addressed By The Master

in the book of leviticus, there is the torah portion kedoshim, chapter 19. kedoshim is, in part, a restatement of the ten commandments. kedoshim includes the commandments concerning one god, honoring your mother and father, honoring the sabbath, the lying, and using god’s name in vain. vayikra also expounds upon the commandments. bullying was anContinue reading “Bullying: A Ten Commandments’ Issue That Was Addressed By The Master”

Our Neighbor Was An (Undercover) Angel

the ten commandments express great concern over our treatment of neighbors. we should not covet them, lie against them, or steal from them. why? perhaps, some of the reasoning to protect neighbors is that they can be wonderful. great neighbors can make our lives fulfilled and enriched. likewise, our reciprocity can enhance their lives asContinue reading “Our Neighbor Was An (Undercover) Angel”

Parents, You Can See Things Coming From Miles Away: While You May Not Be Nostradamus, You Need to Trust Your Wisdom: A Ten Commandments’ Story

parents have years of experience and maturity on their children. good parenting must utilize this experience and maturity. parents must trust their instincts. they should never indulge in fantasies. there are times when an experienced parent can see an accident coming from a million miles away. this story was one of them. it was aContinue reading “Parents, You Can See Things Coming From Miles Away: While You May Not Be Nostradamus, You Need to Trust Your Wisdom: A Ten Commandments’ Story”

A True Story About Telling the Truth: Reflections on the Late Great Dan Fogelberg’s “Same Old Lang Syne”

being honest with oneself and life is one of the hardest things to do. life is full of pain, regret and missed opportunities. we are blessed that dan fogelberg had a chance encounter with his high school sweetheart. this encounter was turned into the song “same old lang syne.” pjstar.com the song captures how weContinue reading “A True Story About Telling the Truth: Reflections on the Late Great Dan Fogelberg’s “Same Old Lang Syne””

When They Spew Hate, It is Time to Educate: A Lesson From Professor W. Goodman

“cheeseburger, cheeseburger, cheeseburger, no coke, pepsi” saturday night live, when it was funny professor w goodman is ready to have you break a “mental sweat” recently, people are angered over a saturday night live “bogus” news cast that has been viewed as anti-semitic. per a news report, michael che, an snl comedian, during their weekendContinue reading “When They Spew Hate, It is Time to Educate: A Lesson From Professor W. Goodman”

Is There An Effort Gap?

we decry gaps. educational gaps, equity gaps, medical gaps, racial gaps, wealth gaps, trade gaps, etc. we rarely decry about the “effort gap.” effort gaps are often discussed in the sports’ world. scoreboards sometime evidence this diminished effort. individual’s personal worlds do not have scoreboard to judge effort. effort indicators such as school grades, testContinue reading “Is There An Effort Gap?”

The Ten Commandments’ Payoff? Just Ask The Wisest Man on Earth

if you follow the ten commandments, what do you get? this question was answered when king david transferred power to then king solomon. in the transition, king david told then king solomon to “keep the charge of the lord your god, walking in his ways and keeping his statutes, his commandments, his ordinances, and his testimonies, asContinue reading “The Ten Commandments’ Payoff? Just Ask The Wisest Man on Earth”