Tag: U.S. government


Fear, ISIS and the American Way: A Refugee's Reflections on 35 Years in the United States

Fear is an odd thing. A fearful instinct telegraphs an imminent danger to you, allowing you to be alert and protective. Fear in the wake of national tragedy or an act of terrorism is a common response. What we do with such fear in the wake of ISIS attacks and threats will reflect the best or the worst of our humanity, values, and character. For many Americans it also a spiritual question about the soul of what makes us American. My life took an unexpected turn in 1980. I was hurriedly sent......

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A True Marriage Celebration

From Odyssey Networks’ Faith on the Record series: Today, our U.S. Supreme Court struck down bans on same-sex marriage in a historic ruling. In all candor, as an Orthodox rabbi, I don’t perform same-sex wedding ceremonies. Yet I applaud this decision with a full heart. “The institution of marriage was celebrated today and re-energized today it is a profound statement about freedom of expression and freedom of religion.” Watch my video for more insight and discussion.     Odyssey Networks tells the stories of faith in action changing the world for......

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Tax Time: Should We Try to Pay Less?

Tax day is upon us, no secret there. And unless you’re profoundly generous and remarkably patriotic, deeply trusting the wisdom of how dollars are spent by the government, you probably feel like most people: less than thrilled about paying your taxes. There’s generally little use in crying about what cannot be changed, e.g., the taxes owed on last year’s earnings. Instead, you may as well turn your attention to lowering next year’s tax bill, now. Turns out that’s something most of us can do, as finance columnist John Waggoner points out in......

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The Push to Ban 'Conversion Therapy'

From Odyssey Networks’ Faith on the Record series: The Oval Office has issued a statement officially supporting the movement to ban “conversion therapy,” especially as practiced on homosexual and transgender kids in the United States. In most cases, the “treatment” is either self-imposed, or imposed upon minors by family members who believe for religious reasons that the child/teen can become (and should become) heterosexual. “The use of conversion therapy is not a gay rights issue. It’s a public health issue, and very much in the domain of the president of the federal......

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The Role of Faith as the 2016 Campaign Frenzy Begins

The race for the presidency formally kicked off at midnight today when U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) tweeted: “I’m running for president and I hope to earn your support!” Later today in person, he’ll announce his candidacy for his party’s nomination at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia. Some call this the start of “silly season”, and there’s no doubt: Political races do not always bring out the best in people, to say the least. But this is the march to the presidency, and it affects us all. So how can we make......

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In God We Trust, Who's "We"?

Following months of effort culminating in hours of very heated debate, Washington state’s Pierce County Council voted to display the national motto “In God We Trust” in its chambers. And you know what? I think that’s fantastic. It’s fantastic, but it’s also incomplete. Why shouldn’t a county council display our national motto, especially as we are overwhelmingly a nation of believers? It’s not as if it violates any church-state issues, to which we should always be attentive, as no one church is being touted over any other. And however often radical secularists......

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