You cannot change any society unless…

You cannot change any society unless you take responsibility for it, unless you see yourself as belonging to it and responsible for changing it. -Grace Lee Boggs (1915 โ€“ 2015) Let's be real. Most of us will never change our societies in any substantial way. I will never make any great impact upon Israeli society,… Continue reading You cannot change any society unless…

Defy and define the darkness

Look at how a single candle can both defy and define the darkness. -Anne Frank (1929 โ€“ 1945) For Chanukah this year, I'd like to share a thought or two about candles. Every night of Chanukah, for eight nights, Jewish people light candles on their Chanukah menorahs, using the flame from one of the candles.… Continue reading Defy and define the darkness

The cure for anything

The cure for anything is salt water: sweat, tears or the sea. -Karen Blixen (1885 โ€“ 1962) For WQW this week, we are encouraged to write about a memorable trip; but, to be honest, I'm rather a homebody. In fact, for years, when my daughter was very little, I resisted going to the beach with… Continue reading The cure for anything

Autumn’s fire burns slowly…

Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower. -Albert Camus (1913 โ€“ 1960) Now Autumn's fire burns slowly along the woods and day by day the dead leaves fall and melt. -William Allingham (1824 โ€“ 1889) Autumn arrives in early morning, but spring at the close of a winter day. -Elizabeth Bowen… Continue reading Autumn’s fire burns slowly…

Patience has its limits…

Endurance is nobler than strength, and patience than beauty. -John Ruskin (1819 โ€“ 1900) How poor are they that have not patience! What wound did ever heal but by degrees? -William Shakespeare (1564 โ€“ 1616) Abused patience turns to fury. -Thomas Fuller (1608 โ€“ 1661) Endurance is patience concentrated. -Thomas Carlyle (1795 โ€“ 1881) To… Continue reading Patience has its limits…

But its fruit is sweet…

Patience is not simply the ability to wait - it's how we behave while we're waiting. -Joyce Meyer (b. 1943) Patience, persistence and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success. -Napoleon Hill (1883 โ€“ 1970) Even a happy life cannot be without a measure of darkness, and the word happy would lose its meaning if… Continue reading But its fruit is sweet…

The calendar of fools…

Let us sacrifice our today so that our children can have a better tomorrow. -A. P. J. Abdul Kalam (1931 โ€“ 2015) The future starts today, not tomorrow. -Pope John Paul II (1920 โ€“ 2005) It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves. -William Shakespeare (1564 โ€“ 1616) If you… Continue reading The calendar of fools…

Ruined by liberty of thought…

We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them. -Albert Einstein (1879 โ€“ 1955) The best thinking has been done in solitude. The worst has been done in turmoil. -Thomas Edison (1847 โ€“ 1931) When we quit thinking primarily about ourselves and our own self-preservation, we undergo a truly… Continue reading Ruined by liberty of thought…