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He Did Not Know Joseph


The weeping and gnashing of teeth over the demise of the study of History continues. But in a completely unrelated story, the younger generations aren’t just not reading, they lack critical reading skills.

Now… on the one hand, this is hyperbole. The same complaint was made of my generation (Baby Boomers), my wife’s (GenX)*. At the same time, I cannot really argue with the folks on the front lines, who say that it’s all true and that kids entering college today are basically illiterate.

The question is simply this: is the reason people aren’t learning or even studying history because they can’t (or won’t read?


*Before you get all crazy, I was born in 63, she was born in 67. I am a “Tail End Boomer,” while she is a first of the Gen Xers. There’s no weird robbing the cradle here, although when I graduated she was in the 7th grade…

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King David’s Treasure

gopLast nights GOP debate provided one shining moment that might give hope to those of us who still have hope that all of the remaining candidates might come to understand what it is that they are seeking to become.

But, to find that moment required Dave to do something he hasn’t been very good at doing lately, that is start his weekly Torah study earlier and spend less time chasing threads and tangents. Since he managed to do it for once this week, what did he find that brought just a glimmer of hope?

It started when the Tabernacle was put together and dedicated by the Israelites in the desert. And happened again when Solomon dedicated the Temple in Jerusalem. It reminds us today that while respect for servants is required, it is also imperative that public servants understand the role of staves.

Moreover, what happens when a leader forgets his or her primary purpose and while claiming to do good, maybe even the will of the Deity, he or she is in fact, harming the people? Will they learn the lesson? Or will they just ignore it and hope that nobody notices?

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For Bribery Blinds the Eyes of the Wise

The Torah reminds us to be on guard against those relationships that might cause us to be influenced and turn a blind eye to what is right and what is just.

carsonThe arrest of Frank Carson and the release of the affidavit has opened a flood of questions and concerns. All of this for some metal trinkets of sentimental value, leading to the death of a man who did not deserve to die, nor did he face judgment for his acts in a Court of Law. By the time the story is told, there are nine people who were involved to one degree or another, none of whom chose to do the right thing, the humane thing.

Why does Dave care so much about this? Because every life should have some meaning. And there are lessons that can be learned here that might prevent another perversion of justice.

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