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Father’s Day – from a mug my wife gave me


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.



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.

Passover Humor

My daughter came home with a riddle…

Q: What’s a lion’s favorite Passover food?


Which, actually, was pretty good.

And this clip is funny, and he highlights a great point about Ashkenazi (Eastern European Jewish) food… now, Sephardic and Mizrachi (Mediterranean / Middle Eastern) food?  Yum.

He also nails the delay inherent in the Seder.  Every Seder I’ve gone to, at some point, someone says “So when do we eat?”


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.