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Chag Sameach Chanukah!

To all my fellow members of The Tribe, Happy Chanukah!

I told my children today that Chanukah was, in fact, two miracles:

The first was the miracle of victory itself; a smallish band of rebels winning victory?  Miracle.

The second, of course, was the burning oil that lasted until more could be sanctified. Miracle two.

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L’shana Tova!

May you have a sweet new year.

(It’s ironic; I was going to make a completely new post… and found anew the same picture as above.)

L’Shana Tova, b’Yerushalaim!

David Hunt, PE... Mechanical Engineer on the loose!

May the best of last year be the worst of this year.

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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.

 

Memorial Day in one picture

I’ve already posted about Memorial Day, and was going to leave it alone until next year, but then I saw this picture.  In one picture it sums Memorial Day up.

Rest well, soldier.  And my heart goes to the woman in the picture.

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In Judaism we have a hope for those we love and respect: “May their names never be forgotten.”

And may we, both as individuals as well as a nation, never forget these incredible men and women either.  For on the day we do, if we fall that far, we will no longer be worthy of being a nation.