Recently a commentator on a major cable news show (okay it was MSNBC) was criticizing the proposed new healthcare bill, itemizing that 24 million Americans may lose their healthcare coverage, that…premiums were likely to rise at least for the next 10 years and scores of Medicaid recipients would be thrown off the rosters. Then she said, “It doesn’t seem to be a very Christian plan.” Really? As a noun, Christian refers to someone who follows the teachings of Christ, which makes perfect sense to me.… >> Read More
I take a deep breath before ringing the doorbell. I am the Adult Protective Services (APS) social worker sent to investigate an allegation of neglect of the six elderly, frail residents at this…Assisted Living group home. Allegedly, the owner is not providing enough food, and there is a cockroach and rodent infestation. I am unaware that I am about to be schooled in insect spirituality. A sweet Sri Lankan caregiver man (with the Anglicized name “Frank”) answers the door. I explain the reason for my visit. I… >> Read More
Ever since Friday, the day President Trump signed an order closing American borders to refugees, the world has been torn--literally. Families and friends are being separated both by the physical…ban itself--and as a result of the infighting over politics. Because of this, we all sorely need a glimmer of hope--hope that we can not only stand together as a global community, but as a compassionate people. This is why this photograph taken during a protest at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago on January 30 has… >> Read More
Last Friday, Donald Trump banned citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the US for a period of 90 days. Understandably, this caused outrage for many people who live in the U.S.,…which resulted in protests across the country, notably at airports. In times such as these, it's important to stand up for each other--because if we don't--who else will try to change these injustices? Differences don't have to separate us--we can still be united through our differences--and empathize through these struggles. As such, we rounded up… >> Read More
The other day my daughter said to me, “Mommy, you’re not the most special person in this family.” It was a pointed remark, out of nowhere.
I raised an eyebrow and said, “Is that so? Then…who is?” Of course, I already knew the answer. “Well, I am. You see, none of the rest of you daven [pray].” Without even a hint of humor she continued, “None of you know Hashem the way I do. I daven every day.” I tried very hard not to laugh because I could see she… >> Read More