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Copyright Rabbi Eli Hecht
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(Printed in Daily Breeze 7.2.99)
When I think of the flag of the United States of America I think of pride and respect. My earliest memories at school was being taught the pledge of Allegiance to the flag of America. It was important to know which day the flag flew at full mast and when it was flown at half mast. There were many messages in the flag. Like allegiance, reverence and loyalty. We learned that the flag should not be laid on the floor and there was a correct way in handling and folding the flag.
(Printed in the Press Telegram 6.20.93)
Lately many of our leaders consider themselves moral experts-"mavens." The Pentagon, Mental Health experts, ecclesiastic leaders, Senators and congressman all wish to debate the rights of alternate life-styles for the gay and the lesbian. This has suddenly become the debate of our generation.
(Printed in the Press Telegram 9.29.96)
Once a nice little girl had a slumber party. She was from a happy family, full of energy and friends but she lived a very short life. Her name was Polly Klass. Polly was killed by a bad man.
(Printed in the Jewish Journal 9.20.02)
At least once a week we hear reports of missing children. Some are found alive and others, tragically, dead. Some become names on the missing list and remain a mystery. The heartbreak is great and families never truly recover from the trauma. For years we have been aware of this problem and no real answers have been found.
(Printed in Shalom L.A. 1.25.02)
Recently, the city of Buffalo, New York had a 7ft snowfall. Things that were taken for granted suddenly became impossible to do. Schools were closed as well as many businesses. It was reported that stores could not get their deliveries and the population started to stockpile necessities. Transportation was almost non-existent. What began as a happy white holiday season ended with an unprecedented amount of snow turning the holiday cheer into misery.
(Printed in the Press Telegram 10.22.95)
I once heard a story of a man, who fell out of a window. As he descended from the 50th story, a neighbor on the 20th floor called out, Hey James, how is it going? He answered, So far, so good. This story comes to mind as I review recent activities relating to African-Americans and racial tensions. In the past there were opportunities for the black community to capitalize on their experience. But this is not happening.
(Printed in the Press Telegram 3.19.00)
A famous Jewish playwright, Mendele-Mokher Sefarim (died 1917) forecasted ominously that "Children without childhood are a dark and fearsome spectacle." Indeed hurrying children out of childhood is causing children to make adult decisions with their little child minds
(Printed in the Press Telegram 1.30.94)
Reading the news about the Menendez case has given me a new insight to what justice is all about. My Webster's New Collegiate Dictionary has a word listed as "chutzpah" n. (Yiddish), supreme self-confidence, nerve, gall.
(Printed in the Press Telegram 7.3.94)
Good luck on our government's newest fund, the Legal Defense Fund. This pompous development comes directly from a White House source, the President. Beginning this week you can give up to $1,000 to this very special and new fund. You, the honest taxpayer, have the opportunity to help our government in a way that you never thought possible.
(Printed in the Press Telegram 3.23.97)
In Jewish folklore there is a statement, Great is the blessed G-d for creating each person different from one another. Imagine a craftsman who uses a form for creation. Wouldn't all the things created by that form look the same? Yet the Almighty creates all human life and they all are different.
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