George H.W. Bush passed away on Friday. It was a long and well-lived life, that touched mine along the way. His motto: Duty, Honor, Country, led him to a life of service that many of those praising him today criticized when he was President. That’s the way of things in our post-Cold War nation. But for me, George Bush is “my President.” That doesn’t mean that I agreed with him on everything. It means that of the men elected in years that I participated, he’s pretty much the only one I really trusted.
It is the first day of Hanukkah. One of the big errors of society is the constant willingness to equate Hanukkah to Christmas. They are not the same, but the need for equivalence is symptomatic of the lack of understanding of what exactly Hanukah actually is. It is not a celebration mandated in the Torah. And yet it has become the focal point of the Jewish celebrations throughout the year. In some ways, it is THE only connection that most people have with Judaism. So what is Hanukkah and what does it really mean?
The Commanding Admiral of the US 5th Fleet was found dead of an apparent suicide over the weekend. As it stands, suicide is now the 10th leading cause of death in the United States. I think that number is a bit misleading, but the fact is that 45,000 people a year commit suicide and another 1.125 Million attempt it. Clearly, something is wrong, but what?