Mount Meron and Hating The “Baseless”

Please see my new article in The Times of Israel called, “Mount Meron and Hating The ‘Baseless.'”

We are all reeling from the devastating deaths of 45 Jews on Lag B’Omer at Mount Meron (and many others critically injured) from a stampede during the bonfire celebration near the grave of the holy Kabbalist, Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai. Last night, we were glued to the new as the body count kept going up. I couldn’t help thinking to myself that this is something that happens in the masses of people that gather in India or Saudi Arabia, not in the tiny State of Israel. But lo’ and behold, tragedy can strike anywhere, anytime. Life is completely tenuous!

So can we draw conclusions that in those days there was baseless hate and so too in our times. I think, while we don’t know G-d’s ways, certainly from experience and observation, we do know that there is not only baseless hate, but also plenty of “hate the baseless”.  And what I mean by that is that one type of Jew thinks they are better than another whose beliefs, faith, and observance we denigrate and deem baseless, without support and they without real merit…We are forever driven towards a “Better than thou” attitude and lifestyle. To the religious catcalls of “get out of our neighborhood slut” or the throwing of Shabbat rocks at passing cars. This all has got to stop!
(Credit Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

He Ain’t Heavy

Reminds me of the song:

“He ain’t heavy, he’s my brother!”

For some reason, I remember the children back in the day (I grew up at the height of the feminist movement) saying instead: “She’s my brother.”

I used to think what the heck did that mean?

20/20 hindsight, but I guess a spoof on gender roles already many moons ago. 

Now I hear identity as he, she, ze/zir.

Either way, the person ain’t heavy.  ๐Ÿ˜‰

(Credit Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Hmm, Different Is Necessary

So in my more mature years, I’ve come to terms with some important life lessons. 

One of these is that it’s okay for us to be different; in fact, it’s necessary! 

We each have our own personality, experiences, and journey in life.

What works or is right for me in my life, mayย notย work for you or be right in yours, and vice versa.ย 

Celebrate the differences, because we are all here to learn and grow.

Let us each follow his/her own path as long as it doesn’t hurt anyone else. 

Now that makes a lot more sense then everyone do it my way!  ๐Ÿ˜‰

(Credit Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Children (and Fruit) of G-d

Interesting quote I heard on diversity:

It might be apples and oranges, but it’s all fruit!

The way towards mutual respect, teamwork, brotherhood, and peace:

– Recognize that our similarities are much greater than our differences. 

And ultimately, we are all children (and fruit) of G-d.ย ๐Ÿ˜‰

(Credit Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Watch Where You Stick Your Nose

This was an interesting sign:

We love it when you stick you nose in our business…

Gee, I sure hope this isn’t referring to a manure business.  LOL

In short, be careful into what stink you stick you nose in or know when to mind your own business!  ๐Ÿ˜‰

(Credit Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Presidential Debates Sink To New Low!

 If you thought the Presidential Debates couldn’t get any worse than 2016 with “Crooked Hillary.”

Last Night with “Sleepy Joe” hit rock bottom!

From BOTH candidates, the lack of coherent answers, coupled with constant interruptions, yelling, put downs, and name-calling was so completely discouraging and disgusting. 

Came away feeling like we were at a Mixed Martial Arts tournament rather a Presidential Debate for the United States of America.

What has happened to our great nation?

We are becoming the laughing stock to the entire world. 

If we can’t conduct ourselves with dignity, courtesy, respect, and integrity towards each other, how can we lead this country, let alone the world?

May G-d help us to find our footing again, to unite around the noble principles and values of freedom, diversity, equality, democracy, capitalism, and human rights for which this country was founded, and change the awful political sinkhole of divisiveness, strife, and sheer indecency that we are caught in. ย ๐Ÿ˜‰

(Credit Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Earning Respect!

Great Under Armour Shirt!


From the saying of Dwight Johnson, “The Rock”:

Blood, sweat, and respect.  First two you give.  Last one you earn.


Yes, we respect all people in a humanistic way, but real respect is earned based on what a person does!


Blood and sweat means you’re putting out, and trying your best to achieve something.


Make sure your efforts are going to something worthwhile.  


Helping people!


Doing your responsibilities!


Being a good influence!


Honoring the Master of the Universe!  


That’s how you earn R-e-s-p-e-c-t. ๐Ÿ˜‰


(Credit Photo: Andy Blumenthal)