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What is Yom Kippur?

I have many observant Jewish friends. Even if I didn’t, I’d want to understand this high holy day called Yom Kippur, because I believe understanding others’ beliefs and cultures can only lead to a better, more understanding and compassionate world.

Here’s an opportunity for you to expand your understanding. Read this short explanation of what is for a multitude of people the holiest day of the year: Everything you wanted to know about Yom Kippur.

To my Jewish brothers and sisters, I wish you a blessed day.

OK, So What IS this Kwanzaa Thing?

It’s the day after Christmas. Now we’re hearing about another holiday–Kwanzaa. What exactly is it? It isn’t another Christmas, or even a religious holiday, even though it does promote faith, among other things.  Here’s a brief description, including the 7 Principles. (You’ll probably have to do a Ctrl -Alt while scrolling to enlarge it so you can read it easier.)

You can learn more about by going to the Kwanzaa official website. Whatever our own culture is, this celebration has a lot for all of us to embrace.

Tax Cut Question” A Simple Explanation

I’m really, really trying to evaluate both sides of the tax cuts.  I’m so hopeful that they really WILL help struggling families without dragging our country into an impossible-to-climb-out-of debt hole.  Of all the experts I’ve “consulted” (read, listened to), Tom Steyer (billionaire business leader/investor) crystallizes it for me in 3 short minutes.  Take a listen.

Come on, Ryan–Man Up!

It’s bad enough that an athlete representing the United States should vandalize and act like a jerk in another country.  But Ryan Lochte himself shouldn’t have made things worse.

Maybe he was encouraged by the people who were urging everyone to “give him a break,” because the swim team were “just kids” doing “mischief.”  KIDS?  At their age?  MISCHIEF?  Destroying and urinating on other people’s property?

Ryan hasn’t actually apologized to Brazil yet.  His explanations relate to himself, not to others:  “I should have been more careful” – “I made a mistake. – “I learned a lesson.”  He admits to immature behavior and “over-exaggerating” the facts. And his excuse is that he was drunk.

But there’s no apology to the Brazilians–or to the American people,  whom he disgraced.

Come on, Ryan.  You’re 32.  Grow up.  And man up.