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This page offers a monthly quote that I hope you will find inspiring or meaningful, thought provoking or on occasion controversial.

Heshvan 5778
     To fear the world we have organized and led for three-quarters of a century, to abandon the ideals we have advanced around the globe, to refuse the obligations of international leadership and our duty to remain 'the last best hope of earth' for the sake of some half-baked, spurious nationalism cooked up by people who would rather find scapegoats than solve problems is as unpatriotic as an attachment to any other tired dogma of the past that Americans consigned to the ash heap of history.
     We live in a land made of ideals, not blood and soil. We are the custodians of those ideals at home, and their champion abroad. We have done great good in the world. That leadership has had its costs, but we have become incomparably powerful and wealthy as we did. We have a moral obligation to continue in our just cause, and we would bring more than shame on ourselves if we don’t. We will not thrive in a world where our leadership and ideals are absent. We wouldn’t deserve to.
Senator John McCain

Tishrei 5778
Nothing.  You begin as nothing and you will end as
nothing.  And in between — everything, and nothing.  In
between — joy and sorrow, beauty and decay.  Everything
yours to partake of, yours to bear.  Yours to see, to know to
give birth to — and to let go.  None of it yours to have.

Not even you are yours to have.  You belong to a wholeness
so great you cannot even conceive of it.

No, it is not a belonging; nothing owns you.  You are
simply part of it.  You came out of it and you will return to
it.  You do not ever leave it, you are a part of it forever.

And this is your moment to be alive.
Marcia Falk

Elul 5777
The question has always been, is, and will remain our best political weapon.
Edmond Jabes