The “One Day” When God Was Happy: A Ten Commandments’ Tale

god envisioned the impaired to play a big part of his plan. moses, who was speech impaired, was asked to be god’s spokesperson to free his people from bondage. moses, despite god’s assurances, was reluctant. to accommodate moses, god added his moses’ brother aaron to assist. moses’ fear held him back. perhaps, after moses, godContinue reading “The “One Day” When God Was Happy: A Ten Commandments’ Tale”

A Billion Hits for Tzedakah? A Ten Commandments’ Tale

it wasn’t a great song. it wasn’t a great video. despite that, the music video has over 1 billion views. yes. one billion! the video’s concept and production, however, were a hit. the video production provided real people and their reactions to what occurred. their reactions were priceless. the video’s concept was to take theContinue reading “A Billion Hits for Tzedakah? A Ten Commandments’ Tale”

Honoring Your Mother and Father In A Song: A Ten Commandments’ Tale

“if I could get another chance another walk, another dance with him i’d play a song that would never ever end” “dance with my father” luther vandross, richard marx everyone’s childhood is different. not everyone has an idyllic childhood or parent-child relationship. things happen. mr. luther vandross’ childhood hit a rough spot when, at theContinue reading “Honoring Your Mother and Father In A Song: A Ten Commandments’ Tale”

Her People’s Return Set Her Free

when members of beta israel returned after thousands of years of exile to their homeland israel, struggles were anticipated. integrating a community which left much behind in due to expedited and dramatic immigration operations remains a challenge. in some of the immigration operations, records were set as to how many passengers could fit into aContinue reading “Her People’s Return Set Her Free”

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””

Purple Reign, Purple Reign: Moses vs. David

michael jackson was the king of pop. michael jackson was a multi-talented showman. his hit album “thriller” was on the verge of being permanently number one on the pop chart. something happened. there was new royalty. a prince. with a “purple rain.” the album “purple rain” took down the king of pop. prince, while aContinue reading “Purple Reign, Purple Reign: Moses vs. David”

The Original Rambo a Woman? Remembering a Woman Warrior, Poet

 “i gambled on what mattered most, the dice were cast. i lost” did rambo say this? no. long before rambo there was hanna. her story was real. in world war ii, this young woman was part of special operations for the british military. she was on a mission to assist anti-nazi forces and assist jews in hungary.Continue reading “The Original Rambo a Woman? Remembering a Woman Warrior, Poet”

Underdogism, This Dreydel Is My Dreydel, This Dreydel Is Your Dreydel, and a Head Spinning Tale of Folk Musician Woody Guthrie, A Famous Communist Antifascist Hanukah Song Writer

a happy antifascist, communist hanukah to you! only in america could this story happen. i would like to thank mr. guthrie and his story as a vehicle for an important discussion with respect our present times. the late great woody guthrie, who penned and sang the famous folk song “this land is my land, thisContinue reading “Underdogism, This Dreydel Is My Dreydel, This Dreydel Is Your Dreydel, and a Head Spinning Tale of Folk Musician Woody Guthrie, A Famous Communist Antifascist Hanukah Song Writer”

The Little Song That Could: The Most Politically Correct Holiday Song Ever Written: Lessons To Be Learned

lessons can be learned from a little song. this little song is the perfect example of how ten commandments values can be effectively promoted in the public arena. in the united states, the first amendment provides for religious liberty. the first amendment also provides a prohibition from government sanctioned religion. thus, the challenge for thoseContinue reading “The Little Song That Could: The Most Politically Correct Holiday Song Ever Written: Lessons To Be Learned”

Getting Positive With The Little Things in Life: Reflections on a Song

sometimes, it is great being old. in the past, there were great singer/songwriters. my childhood was blessed seeing them perform. one of these artists was john denver. he penned a song about finding happiness in the experience of the little things in life that we all can share in. the song is “sunshine on myContinue reading “Getting Positive With The Little Things in Life: Reflections on a Song”