A son’s first hero.
A daughter’s first love.
Every morning as I get their breakfasts ready I am keenly aware of the awesome responsibility laid on me; a responsibility that will not be discharged until they have left the nest, able to stand on their own.
- Love G-d first and keep Him and His laws in their hearts, minds, and souls; in parallel, cherish their Jewishness, preserve it, and pass it onward
- Love, honor, and protect their country, America – the greatest, most exceptional country in the history of the world (and in parallel, Western Civilization)
- Love their family, help each other, and have families of their own – part of the obligation laid on each generation for the privilege of being born is to continue that chain to the next generation
- Bring honor to themselves, their faith, their country, and their families
And so much more.
Yesterday I made my daughter clean her room after her play date. Part of the responsibility after the fun of such an event is to deal with the aftermath. She didn’t enjoy that, but teaching responsibility is part of my duty.
Yesterday I made my son cry after telling him to not doing something; not because I enjoy doing that, but because he needs to understand that to think before he acts is one of the hallmarks of a human being – as opposed to being an animal that just does.
My job is not to be their friend; my job is to love, protect, and prepare them for when they are adults. And yes, I relish their love, and kisses, and “I love you Daddy!”s… but that’s icing on the cake. Having them grow up into mature adults, good and observant Jews, staunch American patriots, educated and ready to enter the world and stand on their own, and in control of themselves and their emotions.
Then… I will have fulfilled my duty as a Dad. Then, I hope to be their friend.
They were, even by today’s standards, some of the brightest and most educated men in the world. They knew, as they wrote the Declaration of Independence and, later, the Constitution, that they were writing a document not just for the now, but for the ages.
To think that they didn’t weigh every word, consider multiple what-if implications, but dashed these documents off in a cloud of quill feathers is beyond impossible.
A little late, but… mention it before I collapse for the night.
I love this flag. It is the flag of my country, and I salute it and no other.
I pledge my loyalty to it, and to the country for which it stands… the greatest, most exceptional nation to have ever been.
Brothers and Sisters:
I’ve touted CONNECTIONS ISRAEL as a great organization in Israel helping IDF soldiers. And in full disclosure I am on the Governing Board of this group (as a volunteer).
We’ve been informed that there is a border patrol soldier whose parents passed away from cancer within the last two years, and is currently living with their twin in Haifa. They want to continue to serve but financially may have to leave the service. This soldier needs funds for basics like toiletries, rent, clothing, and so on.
I’ve given $50 to Connections Israel. You can go to their donation page:
And then to paypal where you can enter, in the special instructions, “FOR THE BORDER PATROL SOLDIER.”
This will ensure the donation gets to the right cause.
Thank you, and G-d bless. Everything helps. And please forward to others / share this information.
Many hands make light work. We’re Jews. We dig deep to help our own.
With eternal thanks.
70 Years ago General Eisenhower gave this message to the troops as they were about to cross the English Channel:
Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen of the Allied Expeditionary Force! You are about to embark upon a great crusade, toward which we have striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you. The hopes and prayers of liberty loving people everywhere march with you. In company with our brave Allies and brothers in arms on other fronts, you will bring about the destruction of the German war machine, the elimination of Nazi tyranny over the oppressed peoples of Europe, and security for ourselves in a free world.
Your task will not be an easy one. Your enemy is well trained, well equipped and battle hardened, he will fight savagely.
But this is the year 1944! Much has happened since the Nazi triumphs of 1940-41. The United Nations have…
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Some people sing in the shower. Me? Sometimes I argue, sometimes I give political speeches… usually political speeches. People say I should run for office.
Used something similar in high school woodshop.