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Phriday Filosophy


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.

Memorial Day 2018

To our honored dead:

I owe you a debt that can never be repaid.  From the bottom of my heart, I thank you.

And to the survivors… may G-d lift your burdens, may He heal your heart by knowing that your loved one fulfilled a most noble calling.


Thank you.

Thank you.

Thank you.

America: Something to be celebrated

I remember America’s bicentennial, 1976, very well.

I was in Italy, vacationing with my parents; knowing that it was America’s 200th birthday I had – oh, those innocent traveling days! – smuggled some firecrackers with me.  I lit them off while on the rocky beach of a hotel, creating some initial concern allayed when my parents explained what was going on.

Even then, in my youth, I knew that America was something special – something to be celebrated.  I knew that the risk of being caught with the fireworks could result in bad things for me… but it was nothing compared to the risks faced by these great men (and women!) that created the country I live in.

I get goosebumps ever time I watch this John Adams scene:

Happy Birthday, my beloved country.