It’s an undisputed fact that most people spend the bulk of their time in public places observing other people. Come on, don’t deny it. You’ve done it too. We’ve all done that, furtively glancing at the pair a few tables down and constructing their life stories out of fresh cloth. The perfectly dressed gentleman with the diamond cufflinks smiling into his chardonnay is certainly an investment banker celebrating yet another closing. And the two middle-aged men gesturing wildly are in the midst of disbanding a long partnership that’s suddenly gone sour. The list goes on.
Let’s face it. Being a Republican for the past six years has been no picnic. Sure, the disappointments at the ballot box have been hard to swallow, but for a true conservative, that hasn’t been the worst of it. The most frustrating aspect of the last several election cycles has been the feeling that their philosophy and their political message no longer resonate with a large swath of the American populace.
A Talk With Veteran Baal Tefillah R’ Avi Sicherman
The range of emotions evoked by the Yomim Noraim is quite unique. Think about it. Yomim Tovim usually mean joy, festivities and happiness. Tisha B’Av and other fast days are sad times, as we recall periods of great distress for the Jewish people. But Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur stir up a mix of feelings that sometimes seem to contradict each other. Remorse, joy, trepidation, disquiet, festivity, self-awareness. Each sentiment is necessary, nay integral, to our avodah during these holy days.
There is nary a word in the English language that can conjure shtetel imagery like shoemaker. Ah, the shoemaker. That humble, apron-clad man sitting by the window, pounding away by the candlelight with his tools and instruments, as the snow drifts climb higher and higher on the cobblestone streets. Simple, unlearned, yet pious, he patches Yankel the woodchopper’s thick boots and carefully crafts a new pair for Reb Moshe the g’vir. Sounds idyllic, right? I’ll soon have you craving kasha varnishkes and a glass of unsweetened tea.
Living in Eretz Yisroel is great. The reasons for that are obvious and too abundant to enumerate. But one of the advantages that is somewhat unappreciated, if not completely unnoticed, is the benefit gained by the frum community due to the fact that the people in power understand their needs. The mayor knows about Shabbos, the city councilman understands kashrus. Sure, there are frictions and tensions, but, for the most part, one doesn’t need to explain why he can’t attend a certain event or must skip a Yom Tov meeting. There are no Yom Tov meetings.
Disease is never good. Nobody likes to be sick. So outbreaks of even the mildest viruses can cause angst amongst medical professionals and the general population alike. But when a strain that was thought to be eradicated for decades surfaces, the level of concern is multiplied.
That’s what’s been happening in and around the Jewish enclaves in the tri-state area, with the recent discovery of a measles epidemic that has laid low tens of patients over the last several weeks.
An Interview with Senator Rand Paul Following His Trip to Israel
Politicians have been around forever. Wherever there has been government, there has been the politician, glad-handing and talking his way into the halls of power. Most have been relegated to the dustbin of history, their names and accomplishments long forgotten.
Rare is the political figure who has done something worth remembering for the ages, but there have been a few over the course of time. Some have been great statesmen, like Washington, Lincoln and Churchill. Others have distinguished themselves through deep thought, the eminent British parliamentarian Edmund Burke coming to mind. There are also great tyrants, of whom we have had more than our share over the last century. Still and all, a politician who is distinguishable from the rest is certainly the exception rather than the rule.
Randal Howard “Rand” Paul, born January 7, 1963, is the junior United States Senator for Kentucky and a member of the Republican Party and the Tea Party movement. He describes himself as a “constitutional conservative” and a libertarian. He is a son of Congressman and 2012 Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul of Texas. The Yated, in an interview this week, spoke to the Senator about his political views, the pressing issues of the day, and his hopes for the Republican Party.
Q. Let’s begin with the November elections. Conservatives always believed in the meme that America is a center-right country in its politics and philosophy. Do you think that the election results indicate that this has changed?