Monthly Archives: December 2015

They can’t be all religions of peace, can they? Let’s take an honest look.

Dec 17, 2015 | | Say something

I keep hearing it said again and again, “all of the major religions teach peace and above all the message is to better oneself.” It’s on the news from the mouths of religious believers. It’s in papers from the writings or “quotes” of religious believers. It’s seemingly everywhere online. But, it this actually a true […more]

I’ve Heard It Said That You Can “Sin” Without Action … Wrong!

Dec 12, 2015 | | Say something

I’ve heard it said today that the Hebrew word for “sin” means “to miss” and that to “sin” means “to be absent,” that “it has nothing to do with what you are doing” and, further, that “any action of unconsciousness is sin.” Meaning, I am assuming, any action done without conscious deliberation and decision is […more]

As Chanukah Begins, Why Should I (A Jew) Fear A Christmas Tree?

As a Jew and, thus, part of a Jewish minority in this country, I used to have a lot of ambivalence and discomfort over this time of year, because of the highly commercialized popularity of this Christian holiday. My thoughts and feelings fully echoed what Jacki shared in a comment on this page. The thoughts […more]

How to Survive an Active Shooter Event

Dec 5, 2015 | | 1 comment

“Run, Hide, Fight”. Options you can take if someone starts shooting in a public place. This six minute video could help you and your love ones survive an active shooter experience. Watch it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5VcSwejU2D0 Run Hide. Fight – Surviving an Active Shooter Event

So, having the belief in our capable-abilities as human beings is akin to worshipping humans?

I recently heard a statement made by a religious Jew to the secular Jewish community. His statement was that rejecting “G-d” by focusing on ethical humanism as a spiritual focus is akin to worshipping humans as “G-d.” In his words, focusing on our race and culture is “idolatry” in practice. This would be laughable, because […more]

Is There A Real You? Are you the same person today, as you were twenty years ago?

I am definitely not the person I was thirty, twenty, ten or, even, five years ago. The only thing I have in common with those versions of me is limited and questionable not-wholly-accurate memories of him and of those times, and a genetic predisposition to certain characteristics in physical and mental/emotional nature. I have noticeably […more]

White Fragility Explained! (Why White People Are So Sensitive Over Race Issues)

My memories of childhood are ones of being surrounded by people with a skin color much darker than mine, and this social environment was just normal for me. It was an environment unlike as found here in America. That, compared to America, was utterly void of the culturalization of inherent and systemic unaddressed/unacknowledged racism. I […more]