Smile Pinki


I just watched a very moving documentary called Smile Pinki. The movie is short, only 45 minutes, and is about children with cleft palates from extremely poor places in India. The movie follows a few of them from their villages to a hospital, where thanks to the charity, Smile Train, they can have surgery for […]

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William Wilberforce


“Everyone should know Wilberforce,” Abraham Lincoln once said. Wilberforce who? William Wilberforce. I just put down an excellent biography by William Hague called William Wilberforce: The Life of the Great Anti-Slave Trade Campaigner. First off, I had no idea who William Wilberforce was before I read this book, nor did I realize how great a […]

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Separation


I am reading a wonderful new biography about William Wilberforce, the great British anti-slave trade campaigner. As part of the book, the author, William Hague, describes the slave trade, how slaves were kidnapped and transported in the most brutal conditions with no regard to health or humanity. One of the more disgusting stories describes how […]

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Charities Need Your Help


In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I think everyone should consider that as much as the economy and the stock market may be hurting you, its hurting other people and institutions even more, especially charities and non-profits. Judging just from my ability to give money this year, non-profits are in for a world of hurt. This […]

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Disrespecting


Ten year old Elvis pleaded with me once he got in my car. “Please, can we go over two blocks to see if my brother is ok? Two East Siders were threatening him.” “Is your brother in a gang?” I asked. “Yeah, he’s West Side, but he’s on probation.” “Elvis, I don’t want to get […]

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Let There Be Light


I am currently in Jerusalem studying at a place called Pardes (Pardes link). I thought I would write an update as to why I’m here and what I’m studying. Here is one teaching I learned this week that I thought quite profound. The Torah and Judaism is filled with contradictions and one of the best […]

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