Author: Nadine Wildmann

Things Never Change

Excerpt from the Haggadah of  Pesach: “This is what has stood by our fathers and us! For not just one alone has risen against us to destroy us, but in every generation they rise against us to destroy us; and…

Deep Water Test

by Rabbi Boruch Leff
The secret to making lasting changes.

My eight year old daughter, Ahuva, came home from camp very upset.

“I’ve taken the deep water test a few times already this summer and I
keep failing! I can’t take it anymore. It’s the last week of camp and I
just have to pass that test before the end of the summer!”

“What part of the test gives you the most trouble?” I probed.

“I can tread fine. I can do the strokes great. But I just get so tired
doing the laps. I start out strong but then I get to midway and cave
in. The pool is enormous and they make us do the full length back and

I thought about the problem and gave her the following simple advice.

“When you start to swim the laps think one simple sentence: ‘I’m almost
there. . .I’m almost there. . .I’m almost there.’ Then when you get to
the end of the pool, and have to turn around, catch your breath for a
brief moment and start thinking it again, ‘I’m almost there’ over and
over again.

Ahuva seemed happy with the strategy and said she’ll give …

Pomegranate, anyone?

Agriculture Ministry publishes report detailing average consumption of
High Holiday favorites

Meirav Crystal

The Agriculture Ministry published a report detailing consumption
figures for traditional holiday foods, ahead of the High Holidays.

According to the fish farmers' association, the average Israeli
consumes about 24 lbs of fish a year – a quantity that doubles around
the High Holidays. 

The holidays see 1,000 tons of carp, 800 tons of tilapia and 300 tons
of mullets consumed, as opposed to 350, 500 and 300 tons (respectively)
the rest of the year.  

Tilapia is the most popular fish year-round, followed by carp and
gilt-head sea bream.  

Another holiday favorite is the pomegranate: Israelis consume about
11,000 tons of pomegranate a year, 6,000 tons of them between Rosh
Hashana and Sukkot.  

The reddish delight is marketed as a whole fruit, pre-packaged berries
or in juice form.  
Honey, another holiday staple, also experiences a consumption surge
around the High Holidays: The annual honey consumption is Israel is
3,500 tons, 40% of which is eaten during the holidays.

Dirty Secret No. 4 in Obamacare

by  Chuck Norris

Flying under the radar this past week was a new government report that
forecasts that the national debt will double over the next decade. The
White House has projected a cumulative $9 trillion deficit between 2010
and 2019, while the Congressional Budget Office estimates a more
optimistic $7.1 trillion, based upon the expiration of Bush tax cuts.
What this means is that Washington's out-of-control spending likely
will turn the nation's already-staggering $11 trillion in debt into an
astronomical $20 trillion.

 But there are at least two ginormous expenses that are excluded in
these projections. First, the projections from both the White House and
CBO incorporate their belief that the deficit will decline quickly over
the next three years, as they assume fewer bailouts are needed and the
economy will grow rapidly. But isn't there also the real possibility
that the economy will not recover as quickly as they hope? Every
additional bailout or stimulus (large or small) and every margin of
error in their three-year prospective climb out of the economic pit
will inflate our nation's debt balloon even more.

 The second expense is far less speculative — and it has to do with
about a fourth …

A nation ignorant of the truth

I was watching “Jeopardy,” sick, stretched out on the couch, feeling
too poorly to do anything except watch daytime TV. The game's
contestants were college students, and host Alex Trebek wanted the
students to fill in this blank from Psalm 23: “The Lord is my _____.”

Not one of those three very bright college students, from three of
the best-known universities in America, could fill in that blank. They
were totally unfamiliar with one of the most familiar lines in the

Laura Ingalls Wilder wrote the “Little House” books, some of the most
popular classics of American literature. In one of those books, “The
Long Winter,” Laura describes how the teacher began the school day in a
one-room school in De Smet, Dakota Territory, in about 1880:

”The school will come to attention,” [Teacher] said. She opened her
Bible. “This morning I will read the twenty-third Psalm.”

 Laura knew
the Psalms by heart, of course, but she loved to hear again every word
of the twenty-third, from “'The Lord is my shepherd: I shall not want,”
to, “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life:
and I will dwell in the house of the …

The Death of the Individual

Liberalism has given itself many different names over the years. The
American Left and its political vehicle, the Democrat Party, are most
accurately described as collectivists. The belief that unites the
various factions within the party is their determination to accumulate
power in the central government, which they believe is morally and
intellectually superior to individual citizens and free enterprise. To
accommodate this philosophy, they must break faith with the Founders’
devout belief in individual rights, which are not merely granted by the
State, but which transcend it… rights every citizen is born with, which
the State must respect.
Collectivism requires the denial that absolute individual rights exist
– there can be no such rights, for the existence of one would imply the
possibility of others. To quote a popular expression of collectivist
philosophy, consider Mr. Spocks’ famous line from Start Trek II: “The
needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few, or the one.” This is
close, but incorrect in one crucial detail: the collectivist believes
that the needs of the many outweigh the rights of the few, or the one.
This is why the death of Mary Jo Kopechne doesn’t trouble liberal
intellectuals all that much. …