From Holocaust To Nation State

From Holocaust To Nation State
This is a really beautiful representation of the historical developments of the Jewish nation.



Where the Jewish people went from the fiery depths of the Holocaust to the rise of a modern democratic nation state of Israel. 



We are the same sons and daughters of Israel, but no longer exiled from the Holy Land and paraded like sheep to the slaughter from the hate mongers de jour. 



On the right are represented generations, who with the rise of every crazy demagogue that needed to blame their religious, political, social, and economic problems on a scapegoat, the Jewish people suffered at their bloody hands, discriminatory expropriation and expulsion, tax and torture, rape, pogrom, and slaughter.



On the left are shown the Jews from a free democratic State of Israel who are proud to seek a life of peace and security from persecution and who can chart their own course for their people and be a light unto nations for doing what is right and moral and contributing to the world in every significant development and advance of humankind. 



As the Jews went from slavery to freedom many thousands of years ago with the Exodus from Egypt and settlement of the land of Israel, so too today, we can count on the miraculous transition from exile to promised homeland and from persecution to self-determination.  ;-)



(Source Photo: here with attribution to Eliyokim Cohen)

From Holocaust To Nation State

From Holocaust To Nation State
This is a really beautiful representation of the historical developments of the Jewish nation.



Where the Jewish people went from the fiery depths of the Holocaust to the rise of a modern democratic nation state of Israel. 



We are the same sons and daughters of Israel, but no longer exiled from the Holy Land and paraded like sheep to the slaughter from the hate mongers de jour. 



On the right are represented generations, who with the rise of every crazy demagogue that needed to blame their religious, political, social, and economic problems on a scapegoat, the Jewish people suffered at their bloody hands, discriminatory expropriation and expulsion, tax and torture, rape, pogrom, and slaughter.



On the left are shown the Jews from a free democratic State of Israel who are proud to seek a life of peace and security from persecution and who can chart their own course for their people and be a light unto nations for doing what is right and moral and contributing to the world in every significant development and advance of humankind. 



As the Jews went from slavery to freedom many thousands of years ago with the Exodus from Egypt and settlement of the land of Israel, so too today, we can count on the miraculous transition from exile to promised homeland and from persecution to self-determination.  ;-)



(Source Photo: here with attribution to Eliyokim Cohen)

The Talent Function

Integrity
I really like this quote from Warren Buffet. 



Three traits to look for in recruiting the best people:

  1. Intelligence
  2. Energy
  3. Integrity

But what good are the first two without the third one?



So Integrity first (or squared for emphasis)…then intelligence plus the energy to use it plentifully and you have yourself an organizational winner!



Related to this, I saw someone on the train today with a tee shirt (from Sweet Green…not sure why this is their slogan) that said:



Passion 



   X



Purpose



This seemed like a good motto to me define the energy (#2) in Buffet’s top 3 items for recruiting. 



With a clear intent plus the compelling feeling to achieve it, you got energy to apply.



The resulting function: 



Talent = f {Intelligence, Energy (or Passion x Purpose), Integrity Squared}



Now that’s a recruiting formula we can all follow–thank you Mr. Buffet. ;-)



(Source Photo: LinkedIn)

The Cello And The Horse

Cello and Horse
So this was a funny picture I took today at Foggy Bottom. 



This guy in a shirt and tie is playing this awesome looking cello…



And sitting next to him is this other guy wearing a horse mask, rolling his head, and staring intently at the people passing by. 



Behind them is a farmers market and in front to the left is someone selling beautiful flowers. 



Overall, just another weird scene in the Nation’s capital.



Next up, the guy in the horse head plays the cello and everyone sings along and neighs. ;-)



(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

The Cello And The Horse

Cello and Horse
So this was a funny picture I took today at Foggy Bottom. 



This guy in a shirt and tie is playing this awesome looking cello…



And sitting next to him is this other guy wearing a horse mask, rolling his head, and staring intently at the people passing by. 



Behind them is a farmers market and in front to the left is someone selling beautiful flowers. 



Overall, just another weird scene in the Nation’s capital.



Next up, the guy in the horse head plays the cello and everyone sings along and neighs. ;-)



(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Confronting The New

Friends Hugs Excited
As the kids are starting a new school year, I thought these welcome messages in chalk on the sidewalk were interesting and hopeful. 



Everyone needs support when they are starting at a new place or doing something they haven’t done before. 



Doing something new means opportunity for a fresh beginning and the chance to learn and grow, but it also presents changes and challenges. 



The messages the kids drew help to confront these head on asking the other students:



- What is exciting to them and playing up the positives of the new experience.



- Encouraging people to make new friends to help make the adjustment. 



- Offer emotional support with “Free Hugs” and camaraderie.



At times, we all end up in new situations and places.



We may be looking for discovery, adventure, or a chance to do something different or perhaps change our fortunes.



At other times, we may just get thrown into something and may not even be certain exactly how we got there. 



But either way, it definitely helps when we reach out to others and realize that while we are individuals, we are not alone as we go through it.  



People need each other…some more, some less…but no man is an island. ;-)



(Source Photos: Andy Blumenthal)

Who Can Resist?

Mac And Cheese

 

So this food truck in downtown Washington D.C. is plastered with this Mac Attack signage. 



The noodles are sticking up and out of everything (including the “A” in Attack).



And the gooey cheese is dropping off the noodles and letters. 



While I didn’t see anyone around the truck buying early in the day, I have a feeling the line forms at lunchtime. 



Really now, who can resist the temptation of a good mac and cheese? ;-)



(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)