When One Door Closes, Another One Opens (I Hope)

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about an unexpected curve-ball.

The curve-ball was confirmed yesterday. While I won’t go into details, I will say that the curve-ball was not as shocking as I thought it would be.

It has been said that when one door closes, another opens. I hope that is the case.

Change is scary, period. I don’t know about anyone else, but I thrive on the familiar and the comfortable. I need that schedule and that routine to get me through the day. But the reality is that we don’t grow until we step out of our comfort zone.

I am a believer in fate, that everything happens for a reason. I also know the value of hard work.

This curve-ball creates an opportunity. Though to be honest, the curve-ball is anxiety inducing, I know that I will come out of this stronger and better than I was before.


Thoughts On The Michael Cohen Hearing

When we were children, we were taught that lying is bad. There are consequences for not telling the truth.

Today, Michael Cohen appeared before Congress for the second time. He appeared to be contrite and from a certain perspective, he appeared to finally speak the truth. The question is, was he really telling the truth or was he again lying to save his own skin?

He stated that you know who is a cheat, a liar and a con man. The 2016 election was not about the genuine belief that you know who could govern this country, it was a marketing ploy to increase business. The payments to Stormy Daniels were directed by you know who to ensure that the affair would stay a secret until after the election. You know who also knew about the Clinton emails before they were released to the public.

Both Republicans and Democrats wanted the truth, at the end of the day. While the Republicans focused on the fact that Mr. Cohen lied during his previous hearing, the Democrats seemed more interested in the facts.

Though I am a Democrat and proudly so, I have to agree with the Republicans in this instance. If Mr. Cohen lied previously, can Congress and the American people trust that he is telling the truth this time? Even if he is finally telling the truth backed up by cold, hard facts, he is still going to prison for three years while his former client is free as a bird.

As a fellow Jew, I am sure that Mr. Cohen is aware of the Al Chet prayer we chant during Yom Kippur. Al Chet is basically a confession, where we admit to our creator that we have sinned during the past year. Where he is going, from my perspective, it will take more than chanting Al Chet to be absolved of his sins.

P.S. Mr. Cohen also lost his law license yesterday.  It’s not karma, but it’s a step in the right direction.


A River Could Be a Tree: A Memoir Book Review

Religion and faith can be seen by two different points of view. One point of view is that religion and faith provide a community, comfort and an understanding of how the universe works. But other point of view is that religion and faith are divisive and rigid; forcing us to judge our fellow human beings by their religious identity and not as an individual.

Writer Angela Himsel‘s childhood could have never predicted the direction her life as an adult took. In her memoir published last year, A River Could Be a Tree: A Memoir, Ms. Himself tells her story. Born to a conservative German-American Christian family in Indiana, she was raised to believe that salvation would only come if she followed the Bible to the letter of the law. With the future of her soul in mind, Ms. Himsel decided to spend part of her college years in Israel. She expected that living in the Holy Land would bring her closer to her Christian faith. Instead, the experience opened her eyes to a world of different perspectives and people. The time in Israel led her ultimately to a conversion to Judaism and a new life as a Jewish woman living in New York City.

This book is a marvel. It’s a marvel because it speaks of the power of faith and the idea where we start in life does not always dictate where we go in our later years.

I recommend it.

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