The Family of Man

By Norma Zager

“To enjoy good health, to bring true happiness to one’s family, to bring peace to all, one must first discipline and control one’s own mind. If a man can control his mind he can find the way to Enlightenment, and all wisdom and virtue will naturally come to him.”

Buddha

As Thanksgiving and the holiday season approach, family becomes the focus and the key priority of the moment.

One also realizes that on a higher level, mankind is indeed one big dysfunctional family.

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Thoughts of War

By Ari Bussel

Pack your bags and leave our beloved land, else we will unleash the greatest, most painful sword. And you will leave. You will run away, disperse back to your countries of origin. You have no space here, in our eternal Palestine. Leave – and do not dare to come back.

Apparently, Israel’s enemies believe it must be punished, and good. Their dialogue is frightening and determined. Their truest thoughts are enough to frighten even the most brave and sane among us. Join me as I visit the mind of an archenemy of Israel, a Palestinian spokesman.

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What to Do? What to Do?

By Norma Zager

“After that I could never pass a dead man without stopping to gaze on his face, stripped by death of that earthly patina which masks the living soul. And I would ask, who were you? Where was your home? Who is mourning for you now?” Ernst Toller

Sadly, history repeats itself. Even more tragic, mistakes of the past are repeated with very little hesitation or interference from what should be an intelligent life form. We should know better.

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Come and Get Your Jewish Life Here, Cheap!

By Norma Zager

“I do not believe in loving enemies; I have pretty hard work to love my friends. Neither do I believe in revenge. No man can afford to keep the viper of revenge in his heart. But I believe in justice, in self-defense.” Robert Ingersoll

Just days after the Gilad Shalit homecoming, Israel and Egypt struck a deal to swap 25 Egyptian prisoners in Israeli custody for one U.S. Israeli dual national Ilan Grapel, held by Egypt.

Okay and now we’re at a 25 to one ratio. The numbers are dwindling.

And now you have it folks, Israel is opening a swap meet for Jewish prisoners.

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Laws, Schmaws, Who Cares Anymore?

By Norma Zager

“Our government… teaches the whole people by its example. If the government becomes the lawbreaker, it breeds contempt for law; it invites every man to become a law unto himself; it invites anarchy.” Louis Brandeis

No one follows the laws anymore.

Stop sign, no problem, roll on through.

Red light means speed up to too many people.

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Instruments of Salvation

By Ari Bussel

Homeless in LA

Did you notice how at every point of time we are given a choice: turn right or left, continue or abort, pay attention or ignore. Our progress in life is just the sum total of numerous small decisions, most seemingly inconsequential. But they all are, shaping our path and defining who we are. Also, this is how we can be grouped into clusters.

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Exceptional Leadership

By Ari Bussel

How does one measure leadership? I will let the reader ponder this question, as I point out a true leader is one who wields his will onto others rather than the one who submits to populace wishes. Leaders are often judged in retrospect, in much better light than when they were contemporaries. Such, for example, are Ronald Reagan, Menachem Begin, the Shah of Iran, Lech Walesa, Pope John Paul II and others.

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No Equality in Gilad Shalit’s Exchange

By Norma Zager

“We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly.” Aristotle

So many, including Ari, are incensed about Israel’s deal to retrieve Gilad Shalit. Somehow I am not, for I do not see any equality between human life and that of a sub-human species.

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God Weeps and We with Him

By Ari Bussel

“There are some 5,000 more prisoners in Israeli prisons. We thus need to kidnap five more Israeli soldiers and every single one will be set free. This is our promise.” Hamas

“You do not understand,” say parents to children who are below the age of mandatory draft, “if it were your son, you would stop at nothing to bring him back, even release all those terrorists.” They refer to Gilad Shalit who returned to Israel from Hamas captivity.

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