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Yom Hashoah 2018

April 12, 2018

Today is Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day.

In honor of all those who perished, were murdered in the Holocaust, and what lessons we can learn from remembering, I send this to you.

My parents are Holocaust survivors, or now, were Holocaust survivors.  In their honor and memory, I remember.  In memory of the six million Jews who were murdered, I remember.  For this I say “Never Again”.  We remember to honor those who were murdered and to ensure that it doesn’t happen again, anywhere.

 “What does it mean to remember? It is to live in more than one world, to
prevent the past from fading, and to call upon the future to illuminate it.”  Elie Wiesel

Today, I am sad not just for the remembering, I am sad and fearful as I see that Anti-Semitism is on the rise again.

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it”. – George Santayana

Often, it’s repeated because we are fooled as it never comes dressed in the same clothes.  Anti-Semitism is again on the rise and this time, it is not only coming from where it traditionally sprang.

Along with the current rise in Anti-Semitism, Christians, Yazidis, Syrians, and many others are being persecuted and murdered around the world.

“The hate that begins with Jews never ends with Jews. In a world awash with hate across religious divides, people of all faiths and none must stand together, not just to defeat anti-Semitism but to ensure the rights of religious minorities are defended everywhere.” – Rabbi Jonathan Sacks

 “The world is a dangerous place to live, not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don’t do anything about it.” – Albert Einstein

“It’s not the differences that divide people, but rather the indifference.” – Francesca Schwartz, my Aunt, she was a Holocaust survivor who was a victim of Dr. Mengele experiments

I write this because I cannot be indifferent.  I must speak up.  I must do something.  I hope that this something touches you and that you feel the same.

It is traditional and respectful to observe a moment of silence.

If we observed a moment of silence for all of the six million, we would be silent for eleven and a half years!

Let us all observe a moment of silence.  Let us all vow to not remain silent!!!!

“Never Again”


Pharaoh Or Moses*

April 2, 2018

This week the Jewish people are celebrating Passover, their Emancipation and Exodus from 210 years of slavery in Egypt.  There are many valuable lessons in this celebration that apply to everyone.

Here is one of them

Jews are commanded to constantly remember the slavery of their ancestors.  More than that, they are commanded to remember it as though they were there as slaves.

There are several very valuable lessons in doing this.  One of the universal messages of this remembering, is the lesson that while we are no longer physical slaves, we are still slaves. This time we are our own Pharaoh and the slavery is of the self-imposed spiritual and emotional variety.

We hold ourselves back from becoming the person we were created and meant to become.

We each have a Pharaoh inside of us that holds us back with our fears and insecurities.  We also have a Moses inside of us that can lead us to freedom.  A freedom that we can use to continually grow and improve.

Who would you rather listen to?

The only one who can free you now is you!

Heart and Soul

*updated from a previous post

Quotes, Quotes, and More Quotes

March 6, 2018

Everyone loves a good quote

 “The wisdom of the wise, and the experience of ages, may be preserved by quotations.” – Isaac Disraeli

So I’ve added a new feature.  It is a Quote page.  The page already has many quotes listed and a new one will be added almost every day.

To see the Quotes simply click on Quotes in the upper right hand corner of this page, or simply click on the this link  Quotes

After you’ve read all the quotes there, make it a habit to regularly visit the page and see the most recent quotes.   You will be moved by them.  You can quote me on that!

Heart and Soul

Thoughts For Valentine’s Day

February 13, 2018

Here is a past thought posted here again for Valentine’s Day

“Love Is A Many-Splendored Thing”*


“A man without a woman is like a ship without a sail. It’s like a boat without a rudder. It’s like a kite without a tail. A man without a woman is like a ship upon the sand. There’s only one thing worse in this universe, it’s a woman, without a man….” – unknown

Too often what we seek in another is what we want or need, rather than what we can give, or what we are needed for.  When you have met that someone for whom all you wish to do is give, you will have found true and unconditional love.

Do not fear that it will be a one-sided relationship. If that person is the one, then all they will want to do is give to you.  So by definition, both of you will be receiving without the expectation of a return for your giving.  Giving in order to receive often sets us up for the disappointments that eat away.

“Immature love says: ‘I love you because I need you.’  Mature love says: ‘I need you because I love you.” – Erich Fromm

“Remember that the best relationship is one in which your love for each other exceeds your need for each other.” – Dalai Lama

“Love is the condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own.” – Robert Heinlein

“You don’t truly love someone until you can take what they need to give you.” – David Suissa

In this giving, don’t fear losing yourself.  You will be enhancing yourself.  Your uniqueness, value, and purpose remain intact.  You keep it by sharing it with the other and vice-versa.

“Love turns one person into two and two into one.” – Rabbi Don Yitchak Abarbanel

“Two people, two souls, synergize the best in both and overcome the least in each.” – Chassidic Adage

Sometimes the wants block finding love using the excuses of geographical distance, age difference, financial desires, he or she doesn’t do this or doesn’t like that…., etc., rather than letting go and letting the love flow

 “Most people have a harder time letting themselves love than finding someone to love them.” – Bill Russell

 “We waste time looking for the perfect lover, instead of creating the perfect love.” – Tom Robbins

“I would rather have had one breath of her hair, one kiss from her mouth, one touch of her hand, than eternity without it.” – Nicolas Cage

Primary rule of a healthy and lasting partnership – communicate, communicate, and communicate

“Assumptions are the termites of relationships.” – Henry Winkler

What Love does

 “Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.” – Lao Tzu

“To love and be loved is to feel the sun from both sides.” – David Viscott

“You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.” — Theodor Seuss Geisel

If you have found that love, you know the above to be true and indeed how “Splendored” it is

Click here to read all of the thoughts in the Love section for Valentine’s or any tine’s

Heart and Soul

* Title of the Academy Award winning movie and song.

Did You Say “Thank You”?

February 6, 2018

Another true story in the “Little Things Can Be Big Things” category

The speaker, at a self-help seminar, asked the members of the audience to think of someone in their past who had made a positive impact in their lives.  He then asked if they had ever thanked that person.  He said that if they hadn’t, as a show of gratitude, to do so as soon as possible .

This attendee thought of his eighth grade teacher, who despite his being a poor student, taught him to believe in himself.  That changed everything for him.  He recognized that he wouldn’t have accomplished all that he had in his life, without her inspiring him.

He was able to find her address.  He sent her a letter explaining all that she had done for him and thanked her.  He also mentioned that he remembered that everyone else in the class thought very highly of her as well.

She received his letter and wrote him back.  She explained that she was near ninety, never married, almost all of her friends were gone, she lived alone, hardly left her place, and was very lonely.

She went on to explain how much his letter meant to her.  She said that she had no idea that she was thought of that way, and assumed that she was long forgotten.  Her students were her whole life she said, and to know that she was remembered that way meant everything to her.  She said that she would cherish his letter always.*

Is there anyone in your life, past or present, who has or had a positive impact on your life.  Are you grateful to and for them?  Do they know it?  If not, what are you waiting for?  Stop reading this and go thank them!

Heart and Soul

*I wish I could remember where I read this story, so that I could give proper attribution

A Lesson From The Road Runner

January 24, 2018

Here is another story to help keep you focused on your dreams and goals

The previous story gave the lesson from a Tightrope Walker, who reminds you to Always stay focused on the goal and yet still be in the moment.

Now let’s look at a lesson from the Road Runner

In the “Road Runner” cartoon, the Road Runner is always frustrated and being chased by Wylie Coyote. There is always the scene where the road runner is racing ahead and as he gets to the precipice of a cliff, he darts behind a bush without Wylie Coyote seeing. So Wylie Coyote continues the chase and doesn’t see that he runs past the edge.

Now visualize this scene of Wylie Coyote running with nothing but air beneath him.  When does Wylie Coyote start to fall?  He starts to fall when he looks down. When he looks down and realizes where he is, fear sets in.

Fear is paralyzing!!  Fear is one of the most common excuses/reasons that hold many back from realizing their dreams and goals.

Always look ahead towards your goal.  If you are not looking ahead now, you will be looking back later.

Never look down and let fear take over.

Never look back.  If you are always looking back your future will look like your past.

Heart and Soul

Part of the Eye Of The Tiger series

A Lesson From A Tightrope Walker

January 18, 2018

Here is a true story to keep in mind.  It will help you stay enthusiastic and focused on your goals

This story takes place in a Soviet labor camp during the time of Stalin’s rule. One of the prisoner’s of the camp was Rabbi Menachem Mendel Futerfas. Being a Rabbi, he made it a point to get to know all of the other Jewish inmates, who were imprisoned there simply because they were Jews.

One of the inmates that he met was someone who claimed that he was a tightrope walker. The Rabbi was very curious to learn more, because he couldn’t imagine how anyone could accomplish this feat and why anyone would choose to do something so dangerous. In keeping with his belief that from everyone, there is something to be learned, he asked for an explanation.

Words couldn’t possibly give an adequate understanding as well as a demonstration could. This was impossible until the day Stalin died and the guards relaxed many of the restrictions. So the tightrope walker found a rope and attached it to the outside of two buildings about fifteen yards apart and about ten feet off the ground with no net. At first, he fell after only a few steps since he hadn’t done this in a long time. Then he confidently proceeded to dance across the rope, turn around and return. When he got back down the Rabbi asked “How do you do it?” The tightrope walker answered,

“It’s simple. Before I begin, I find an object on the other end and focus on it. I don’t dare take my eyes off the object while I’m walking. I don’t look to the right; I don’t look to the left. As long as I focus on my goal, I make it across”.

After reading this story, you might wonder, “if one is so focused on the goal, what about being in the moment”?

Again, think of the Tightrope Walker —– “On the one hand”*, he is focused on getting to the other end and that is his goal.  “On the other hand”* , in order to get there, every step must be taken with precision.

With precision and purpose!  In the moment – precision.  With purpose – to reach the goal.

Heart and Soul

*  from “Fiddler on the Roof”

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