Tag: Crime


Letters, Life Partners and More: Must-Read Links

Every week on The Wisdom Daily, we bring you our favorite reads from sources around the web. Topics on this week’s list include a memoir by Mary-Louise Parker in the form of thank you letters, the journey to picking your life partner, writing as a way to find answers to life’s questions, the science of eating on Thanksgiving and more. Whatever’s transpiring in your life, may you find the words of wisdom you need.   1. Letters of Love “My brother and I have talked about this, how we always loved [our......

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Stolen Wisdom, Shattered Trust

I was raised by two teachers. My parents taught me to respect and trust authority; to question with appreciation and understanding for those before whom I stood. They also taught me to be wary and discerning of people who might hurt or take advantage of me. Sadly, recent news reports have revealed chilling stories of clergy allegedly using their positions of power to sexually abuse members of their flock. Even as my parents cautioned me about the danger that might lurk in any human being, they stressed that in order to progress......

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Healing, Investing, Storytelling: Our Week in Wisdom

On?The Wisdom Daily this week (April 13-17), we brought you practical ways to connect your values with your finances, a poignant reflection on surviving a legacy of epic tragedy, a graphic artist’s beautiful new take on ancient texts, and a look at those who seek to exclude other belief systems as part of their “religious freedom.” Did you grow wiser this week? We hope The Wisdom Daily played a part.   The Blessing of Being a Child of Holocaust Survivors – Jonathan Jacoby This week was Yom Hashoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day). For......

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The Aaron Hernandez Trial: A Just Verdict?

From Odyssey Networks’ Faith on the Record series: The jury has returned a guilty verdict against Aaron Hernandez, ending his trial for the murder of Odin Lloyd, and sentencing the onetime NFL star to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Were jurors too lenient, or too harsh? Was justice served? “Are people fed up with misbehaving professional athletes, and punishing them more aggressively?” Watch my video for more insight and discussion.   Odyssey Networks tells the stories of faith in action changing the world for the better. Their stories explore......

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The Limits of Forgiveness?

We seem to be endlessly fascinated with the topic of forgiveness, more often about granting it or receiving it than about seeking it. But the following news video about a mother in Texas – who invited a local station’s cameras to accompany her as she confronted a remorseful drunk driver, imprisoned and awaiting trial for gravely injuring her young child – actually raises all three issues.     Although parts of the clip are hard to watch, this video report is worth a few minutes. It brings to mind these questions for......

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Stranger Danger, Cultural Context and a Sniper Saga: Our Week in Wisdom

On The Wisdom Daily this week (February 16-20), we looked at an American hero’s morally ambiguous story, the debate about disarming Iran, and what happened when witnesses ignored a train-station tragedy. Many thanks to guest writer Ruth Abusch-Magder, whose post placed recent French antisemitism into historical context. Did you grow wiser this week? We hope The Wisdom Daily played a part.   Netanyahu, Congress and the Importance of Fierce Debate – Irwin Kula Despite all the controversy surrounding House Speaker John Boehner’s invitation to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address Congress about......

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How Terrifying Crimes of Hatred Shape Our Culture

They did not know it was a Jewish cemetery. They did not intend it to be an act of Antisemitism. So explained five boys in France after they turned themselves into the police. The teens had vandalized the cemetery, upending hundreds of tombstones and spray-painting swastikas. Let us suppose it is possible that their naivet? is genuine. If what they say is true, then without specific malice towards Jews, these five, aged 15-16, chose a random symbol which just turned out to be a sign of Aryan power and hatred towards Jews.......

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The 'Bystander Effect' and Why We Look Away

When something terrible happens to an individual, why do witnesses freeze up or choose inaction, especially when in a group? One such story to gain major media attention was that of Catherine “Kitty” Genovese, brutally murdered in 1964 in Queens, New York. According to initial reports, as many as 37 of her neighbors heard or saw Genovese being attacked in the alley near her home; later reports called that number into question. Still, her killing sparked the first studies of what’s come to be known as the Bystander Effect -? a sociological......

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Shock in Chapel Hill: Should We Call It Terrorism?

On Wednesday morning the world woke to the tragic news of the Chapel Hill, N.C., shooting of Deah Shaddy Barakat, 23; Yusor Mohammad, 21; and Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, 19. A 46-year-old neighbor who turned himself in was subsequently arrested. As of this writing, police are saying the killings may have been related to a dispute over parking spaces, although the father of one of the victims has told reporters that the shooter had harassed them before because of their Muslim faith. My first response to this news is grief. I imagine myself......

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A Path to Unity for New York City

From the Newsmax article by Brad Hirschfield: “As one who has lost people close to me in acts of terror, I find police union head Pat Lynch’s assertion that New York Mayor Bill de Blasio has blood on his hands, to be a ill-conceived at best, and dangerous at worst. Having blood on one’s hands, suggests having taken direct action and bearing direct guilt for the resulting crimes, and clearly, that is not the case here. Furthermore, the charge of “blood on their hands” has been used since the time of the......

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