UI 050: Compassion for the Cruel?

This last week a murderer and torturer was put to death.  This evil person was executed by lethal injection because of his monstrously cruel behavior.    He and his thug accomplices cruelly and merciless savaged two innocent teenage girls, a father, and his 9 month old son.  Fortunately he apparently suffered as there was a problem with the lethal injection.  Unfortunately the media, our … [Read more...]

UI 048: Courage and CURE Versus Cowardice and Evil

Click Here to Donate to CURE. If pain were water the world would drown. ~ Dennis Prager Ever since I learned of CURE International from Dennis Prager, they have become one of my favored charities.  I am one of those people who has a hard time giving charity, and deciding what is the best way to give my seemingly small amounts to give.  Who will make my dollar go the furthest?  Who will do the … [Read more...]

UI 045: The First Step to Doing Good…

In my intro I read: Psalm 34 starting with verse 11 from the NIV version (34+11=45).  In the Jewish Bibles it would be 12 -15... but then that would't work to equal 45... Ps. 34 (NIV) 11Come, my children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the Lord. 12Whoever of you loves life (hebrew "chafetz chaim") and desires to see many good days, 13keep your tongue from evil and … [Read more...]

UI 043: The Tower of Babel is Near

  Kurzweil's predictions are becoming more and more mainstream apparently.  There was a time, a few years ago, where mentioning "The Singularity" or "Nano-technology" or "AI" would have made you a:   A) Geek B) Sci-fi/Comic con fanboy C) Modern cultist D) All of the above Now, however, it's not such a big deal.  You might just be a scientist or simply a reader of the … [Read more...]

Parsha Vayakhel: You Got to Work… and stop

This week we read parsha Vayakhel (Wayyaqhel, VaYakhel, Va-Yakhel, Vayak’hel, Vayak’heil, or Vayaqhel) which means "and he assembled."  Vayakhel consists of Exodus Exodus 35:1–38:20.  You can read a brief summary here. Exodus 35: 1Moses assembled the whole Israelite community and said to them, “These are the things the Lord has commanded you to do: 2For six days, work is to be done, but the … [Read more...]

Parsha Ki Tisa: Everybody Must Contribute

This week we read parsha Ki Tisa (Ki Tissa, Ki Thissa, or Ki Sisa) which means "when you take."  Ki Tisa consists of  Exodus 30:11–34:35.  You can find a  very brief summary here. Exodus 30: 11Then the Lord said to Moses, 12“When you take a census of the Israelites to count them, each one must pay the Lord a ransom for his life at the time he is counted. Then no plague will come on them when you … [Read more...]

UI 039: When to Quit? Or should one NEVER Quit?

This topic was brought to my attention by  "Mary" of Houston.  So thank you Mary! She sent me a recent article from "The Atlantic".  The article was about quitting. I have a lot of opinions about this subject as it has been a major dilemma I've repeatedly faced in my life. I grew up developing many ideas about quitting. Sayings like: "Winners never quit and quitters never win."  Or … [Read more...]

Parsha Vayishlach: Humility vs. Self-Esteem

This week we read parsha Vayishlach (or Vayishlah, "and he sent") which pertain to  Genesis 32:4–36:43. .  A very brief summary can be found here. Jacob says to God: “I have been made small from all of the kindness and all of the truth which You have done for [me]” (Genesis 32:11) So much fuss is made about people and kids having "high self-esteem."  But I think the notion that people … [Read more...]

UI 023: Does it Feel Good or Does it DO Good?

Dennis Prager's most recent article was "Does it Feel Good -- or Do Good?" (Oct. 22, 2013) and the point of the article was to wrestle with people's tendencies to act in ways that may cause them to feel good (and likely with good intentions), but nonetheless the results are null at best and destructive at worst.  This common behavior is contrasted with the other way of acting which is primarily … [Read more...]

UI 021: Are You Controlled by Your Emotions or Are Your Emotions Controlled by You?

Are you controlled by your emotions or are your emotions controlled by you? Who is driving your life?  You or your feelings? Does your mind control your emotional state or does your emotional state control your mind? Which is your "master and commander" your mind or your heart?  Who rules over who? These questions are ultimate issues for our life and the subject for this weeks … [Read more...]