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A Case Study in Perspectives and Priorities

I dedicate this post on my blog to my uncle, Chaim Perl of blessed memory, who suddenly passed away on Leil Shabbos, August 15, 2014.

Ready or not, Elul is here. Elul is the time to finally stop kicking the can down the road. This past year on Rosh Hashanah, many of us were inspired to engage in self-improvement in one way or another. For some of us it was in the area of our relationship with G-d; this would be the year that our engagement with prayer and Torah study would significantly improve. For others, it was the focus on improving relationships. The myriad of relationships we have in life are often complex and troubled.  It takes a significant investment of commitment, time and energy to ensure that the relationships we have with our spouse, parents, and children are healthy and meaningful.

Despite all the good intentions we may have had at the onset of the year, we find ourselves bogged down with daily routines.  Life is busy and we get distracted easily.  Often times the distrac…

Happy Mother's Day !!!

Happy Mother’s Day !
I dedicate this blog post to my mother for all of her unconditional love that she provided for our family.
One of the most important day for florists and chocolate makers  is this Sunday which is of course is Mother’s Day. Originally when Anne Jarvis started the campaign for mother’s day to be an official holiday, it was met with resistance and did not come with any commercial association.Mother’s Day quickly caught on because of Jarvis’s zealous letter writing and promotional campaigns across the country and the world. However, as with many worthy endeavors this met some firm resistance. In 1909 several senators mocked the very idea of a Mother’s Day holiday. Senator Henry Moore Teller scorned the resolution as "absolutely absurd”.  He announced, "Every day with me is a mother's day." Senator Jacob Gallinger judged the very idea of Mother's Day to be an insult, as though his memory of his late mother "could only be kept green by some out…

Are the Winter Olympics Sexist ?

I remember the thrill I had the first time I watched the Winter Olympics. The 1988 games were held in Calgary and as a young proud Canadian I was so excited that the coveted games were in Canada. There was the “Battle of the Brian’s” in the men’s figure skating. Brian Orser was representing Canada and he was going up against his main rival, Brian Boitano from the U.S.A. I remember feeling disappointed when Boitano outskated Orser for the gold medal.
In 1994, the anticipation leading up to the women’s figure skating was unmatched in terms of drama and suspense. Nancy Kerrigan was physically attacked by accomplices of her teammate Tonya Harding.  Kerrigan recovered and went on to win the silver medal and become a national hero.
I look forward to the games every four years. Or should I?
I have noticed over the years there is a growing difference in terms of the intensity of competition between men and women’s events, governed by the International Olympic Committee at the Olympics. Consider …