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A LEADERSHIP LESSON FROM MOSES

10 Aug

The role of a leader is to defend, redeem, preach and govern.

A leader cannot point the way. A teacher just can’t teach. A leader must have intuition, empathy and know how to delegate, giving guidance in a way the recipient will absorb and digest. A leader must observe, be merciful knowing when a lamb is thirsty needing to drink.

The role of a leader is to nurture. When a person leaves their faith they are as if the lamb that ran from Moses to water to drink. A person leaving their faith thirsts for meaning in life.

The true leader will walk with his protege, re-fill their depleted faith, be their defender, the ultimate sacrifice.

Moses learned a lesson in leadership. Moses faith was depleted.  Moses lacked the esteem to believe the people would hear his message.

God revealed himself. God refilled Moses depleted faith. Moses didn’t feel worthy. Moses said , “Who am I?” God said to His protege, “I will be with you.”

Moses said, “no.” Moses knew he wasn’t going to be the person to lead the Israelite in to the Promised Land.  Moses knew he wasn’t worthy. So, Moses said the people needed to be spoken to and that he, Moses, had a speech impediment.

Moses begged God to send someone else to get the job done.
Moses knew the Israelites would be exiled again. Moses knew the temple destroyed.  Moses knew the future of Israel.

So, God gave Moses a test, the burning bush. Seven days, seven nights, Moses resisted that test that teaches us that while leaders can be born, Leaders can be made, that a true leader takes a lifetime of tutoring, the Leadership lesson from Moses .

THE FIRST TOASTMASTER

12 Jun

I came to Toastmasters because public speaking scared me. Let me be brutally honest, I came to Toastmasters because speaking scared me. I would wait until someone spoke first. Sweaty Palms and hyperventilating outed my fears if I stood at the front of a room or tried to carry on a conversation with more than 12, make that more than 2, make that more than 1.

In my few short months of becoming a Toastmaster, I have graduated. The sweaty clammy palms have gone. I can publicly complete an unscripted sentence that has a beginning and end and a middle. And my heart no longer beats to me to the end of a sentence like American Pharoah crossing a finish line ahead of the whole field. I am able to be heard across a room without being miked. And I embrace my space, talking with arms opening wide in grace filled conversation of motions like a bird in flight.

Toastmasters taught me to soar.

All this time, I hadn’t thought much about where and how Toastmasters got its start. I was fixated on my starting to speak, publicly that is. I had to learn fast.

And then one day I had time to think. I thought about Toastmaster’s origins. Toastmasters magazine prompted me to wonder, who was the first toastmaster was… and when. I understood the why.

I found my answer in a piece penned on Ralph C Smedley. I learned that Smedley had a phenomenal notion about bringing together young men in speaking clubs. Smedley felt the young men wanting work needed to learn to speak, conduct meetings, plan programs and work alongside others on committees. Smedley was the director of education at a YMCA, Young Men’s Christian Association. Smedley named his group of young men, and mentors, the Toastmasters Club honoring people who gave toasts at banquets and other phenomenally celebratory occasions. Seems the name toastmaster may have had an even earlier origin dating back to the Roman tradition of drinking to a lady’s health with spice soaked toasted bread softened in wine.

I didn’t think much more about Smedley’s phenomenal Toastmaster idea until, one day, I was listening to a faith leader speak. He talked, and he talked, and he talked and talked and talked and talked and talked. I was sooooooooooo restless that I reached out to the nearest book I could grab. It was then I had my Aha Mentor Moment that twerked me to realize who the real first toastmaster was.

Bible 1.0.

It was there in Black and White in a book that is read all over. A good book, if you asked me…..

God was coaching Moses to be the first Toastmaster ever. God told Moses to go talk to the Israelites. Moses said no. And God said yes you will. And Moses said I wont, no one will listen to me. And God said say, ‘Moses, buddy, trust me they will.’ And Moses said say ‘I have a speech impediment.’ And God would say ‘so who cares, believe that you don’t, you just need to speak up, and deliver your message, 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10.’

What a difference a page in history makes. If this was not the first Toastmasters moment then, what is.

We all know how that story ends up. God did a bangup job getting Moses to speak up loud and clear. Moses became such an expert Toastmaster, improving so much that he, Moses, convinced a community of Israelites to follow him in to the desert, wandering for years in a journey that is technically takes hours as the crow flies.

I can only presume that everyone else has history wrong. According to my theory, no, Moses didn’t throw the Ten Commandments down to the ground. That would have been phenomenally dumb, after having spent days and nights alone atop the mountain chiseling away on the first evolution of mass communications, that made him a “rock” star. From my perspective? I think that Moses suffered from palms that were so clammy and sweaty those darn heavy stone tablets slipped from Moses hands, crashed to the ground and shattered.

Thank you Toastmasters for my teaching lesson in grandeur of the mastery of being coached, reminding all of us of the phenomenal power of being mentored in the art of the Toast, by the master…. God.

UTAHs AG-GAG LAW DEFENDs CONSTITUTIONAL PROPERTY RIGHTS- 2D IP & ID:

23 Jul

 

A forty one page complaint filed in U.S. District Court lawsuit filed in Utah challenged Utah’s year old AG-GAG law,  AGRICULTURAL OPERATION INTERFERENCE LAW. Activists citing themselves to be journalists and animal welfare groups sued Utah in US District Court claiming claim the law violates their rights to free speech and equal protection.

The year old law makes it illegal to record images or sound inside an agricultural operation without the owner giving consent. State lawmakers created the law a year before Edward Snowden admitted he took the NSA job with intention to access data he left the country with, data Amnesty International it was reported was seeking a FOIA for. The law makes it a crime to apply for work at a slaughterhouse or farm intending to make such recordings, or to gain entry to such an operation “under false pretenses,”  criminalizing undercover investigations and videography at agricultural operations including factory farms and slaughterhouses.

Hinkins is a cattleman and thoroughbred horse breeder. “If people can sneak onto anybody’s property, then we don’t have any rights.”

It was alleged the first person charged with violating the law wasn’t trespassing when she filmed a cow being pushed by a bulldozer at Dale T. Smith and Sons Meatpacking. 

 Will Potter joined the suit as a litigant. Potter supported Utah state Sen. David Hinkins, R-Orangeville statement “It has nothing to do with animals — it’s people trespassing on farms” when Potter clarified not that he is a journalist but he is an activist journalist.

Journalism is not activism. Journalism is the art of journaling- being a fly on the wall, writing what is seen then disseminating the information. Activism is not journalism. Online dictionary defines activism as “The policy or action of using vigorous campaigning to bring about political or social change.” Masquerading as a journalist to further a social change aught to be the next law addressed by local, state and Federal legislators.

Potter credits his writing on the woman’s arrest as the reason local authority backed off charges made against her.

The conversations, to date, have not adressed that filming on a site can be a violation of Intellectual property ie. logos being used without permission or license, design of unique feeders, that legislators are overlooking in matters as such.  The Property Rights Hinkin is overlooked are 2D IP, ID and Commerce as steps towards pushing back on GOTCHA MEDIA that is getting out of hand, both sides of the political divide….

1)     DID the woman take photographs of people she then posted to the internet without signed releases, after all, they are ‘actors’ in her film.

2)     DID the woman take footage of the farms logo and trademark in Unauthorized Use a violation of 2D IP

3)     DID the woman “stalk” the property

4)     DID the woman’s video of the farm operators IP come at a cost of commerce to the farm operator

The list goes on and on, bearing Intellectual Property Violations being a go to point when adressing Activist Journalists both sides of the political divide ie James O Keefe. What is good for the goose has got to be good for the gander. Spying is spying, trade secrets are trade secrets and there is a legal definition for Whistle Blowing.

As for Mr. Potter, a reminder… beyond Upton, read THE JOURNALISTS CREED written in 1906 by Walter Williams founder of the Missouri School of Journalism

“I believe in the profession of Journalism.

I believe that the public journal is a public trust; that all connected with it are, to the full measure of responsibility, trustees for the public; that all acceptance of lesser service than the public service is a betrayal of this trust.

I believe that clear thinking, clear statement, accuracy and fairness are fundamental to good journalism.

I believe that a journalist should write only what he holds in his heart to be true.

I believe that suppression of the news, for any consideration other than the welfare of society, is indefensible.

I believe that no one should write as a journalist what he would not say as a gentleman; that bribery by one’s own pocket book is as much to be avoided as bribery by the pocketbook of another; that individual responsibility may not be escaped by pleading another’s instructions or another’s dividends.

I believe that advertising, news and editorial columns should alike serve the best interests of readers; that a single standard of helpful truth and cleanness should prevail for all; that supreme test of good journalism is the measure of its public service.

I believe that the journalism which succeeds the best-and best deserves success-fears God and honors man; is stoutly independent; unmoved by pride of opinion or greed of power; constructive, tolerant but never careless, self-controlled, patient, always respectful of its readers but always unafraid, is quickly indignant at injustice; is unswayed by the appeal of the privilege or the clamor of the mob; seeks to give every man a chance, and as far as law, an honest wage and recognition of human brotherhood can make it so, an equal chance; is profoundly patriotic while sincerely promoting international good will and cementing world-comradeship, is a journalism of humanity, of and for today’s world.”

Without all that, Mr. Potter, then it is ok for the farmer to photograph in your house and bedroom and your website, emails, phone calls, too, to “OUT” activist journalists and Animal Welfare Groups…

It is important truths be told. Most important is how truths are told…. and that legislators know the laws on the books when it comes to embracing a declaration of Property Rights….and push back with the question to the litigants “WHAT MAKES MY FREE SPEECH ANY LESS VALUABLE THAN YOURS”

FORGET PATENT TROLLS IT IS DOMAIN SQUATTERS WHO ARE BREAKING THE LAW:

19 Jun

It has been a hell two weeks. God was down. More correctly, GOD IN THE TEMPLES OF GOVERNMENT was off the net.

Sorta sounds ‘to be expected.’

I learned that Domain Hosts BUNDLE and sell Domain names to resellers without notifying the owner.

Between you and me and the (shhh) NSA- Patent Trolls are being misdescribed.

IF someone legitimately owns patents they came up with and bought and IF someone uses THAT SAID patent without permission or license then WHO TRULY is at fault? Methinks the person using it without permission is at fault, not the person who owns the patent WHICH is the same situation Copyright Owners experience. AM I a Copyright Troll (bite your tongue, baby- just [ wink ] because a door is opened doesnt mean one gets rights to that tease) if I stand to defend MY COPYRIGHT or have my agent or IF I sold it, rights and all, that I am at fault standing up against someone abusing my Copyright with Unauthorized Use?

NOT AT ALL.

What is wrong is someone DOMAIN SQUATTING, pouncing on other people’s domains during renewal periods OR ie like buying up COCA COLA as a domain name when the owning company has invested dollars to donuts into the name over time.

Seems the USPTO and ICAAN dropped the ball on that one. Law should have been Notice of First Refusal to the Trademark owner (WITH PROOF OF SERVICE OF NOTICE) allowing the owner to decide FOR or Against buying their name in a domain format RATHER than having to buy it back from DOMAIN RESELLERS who extort…. hmmm, lawmakers…. now isnt that against the law…. would be a neat swansong for summer to require someone setting up a slam site on the net to be approved or DENIED use of one’s name which is their ID and property….. all is well, GOD is back up and running

http://www.godinthetemplesofgovernment.com 

7 MINUTES & 485 WORDS THAT CHANGED AMERICA: THE GREATEST GENERATION SHORTCHANGED FOUR WORDS

11 Jun

© Carrie Devorah

Sometimes what isn’t seen is what is most obvious as is the case with a Bill wending its way through Congress seeking to put Faith in to  the World War II Memorial. Faith is missing. Not new prayer leaving from the World War II Memorial historically incorrect but what I prefer to call the writing on this Memorial’s wall.

Monuments in the Nation’s Capitol don’t just happen. Monuments take years of planning, committee review, a lengthy process that begins with the monument being applied for to American Battle Monuments Commission, ABMC, as directed by Congress, established May 25, 1993 by President Clinton with Public Law 103-32. The American Battle Monuments Commission, authorized to establish a World War II Memorial in DC, hired the GSA, General Services Administration’s Public Buildings Service, to manage the WWII Memorial project. Friedrich St. Florian was brought on board to lead the design team which included George E. Hartman of Hartman-Cox Architects, landscape architect Oehme van Sweden & Associates, sculptor Ray Kaskey, and stone carver / letterer Nick Benson. The Commission of Fine Arts and the National Capital Planning Commission approved the WWII Memorial design the summer of ’98. With all these hands involved in the Memorial design pot, it boggles the history buff’s mind, that, believe it or not, God was forgot. Or? Left off intentionally.

The World War II Memorial located between Constitution and Independence Avenues, on 17th Street, east the Washington Monument, further east of the Capitol and west the Lincoln Memorial, near the MLK Memorial, across the water from the Jefferson Memorial rimming the Tidal Basin, adjacent to the near ignored WWI Memorial is special. Being the only 20th Century event on the Mall, the WWII Memorial honors not only a generation of 16 million men and women who served in the armed forces of the United States but their children, their children’s children and generations to come who will be able to travel to the Nation’s Capitol to connect with a loved one who gave of their lives so their family could be free. More than 400,000 died.

April 29, 2004, one month after the WWII Memorial, was dedicated, veterans and their descendants, began the pilgrimage to their WWII Memorial- 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Visitors walk from the Atlantic to Pacific theaters. Some visitors pause sharing private secrets with the Memorial. They talk to people we will never know- loved ones who gave their all. It is the norm to see a man or a woman, their hand on a wall, forehead or cheek against the cold stone, silent in prayer. We know to whom they speak. We know of whom they seek solace.

The battle of workmen to become part of this Memorial’s crew is legendary. They had equity in this Memorial being built- fathers, grandfathers, mothers, aunts, uncles- men and women of this generation that went to war for God and Country. After the Memorial was complete, stories began to circulate telling of tin cans holding tags, photos and other loved ones momentos tucked up and away forever. With the Memorial’s concrete hardened, the descendants bound their departed, forever, in time- to this place sixty plus years earlier- recalling the Greatest Generation.

Sixty plus years earlier, America, not prepared, was attacked by the Japanese. President Roosevelt wrote a speech that championed Americans call to war. As do we all when we prepare to speak publicly, there are rough copies of our speeches, rougher copies of our speeches, final copies of our speeches and then reading copies of our speeches. President Roosevelt was no different with a writing copy and a reading copy. The reading copy of President Roosevelt’s speech went missing for 43 years. After adressing the American people from the United States Capitol, President Roosevelt, walked out of the House Chambers leaving his Day of Infamy speech behind. March 1984, an archivist found President Roosevelt’s reading copy amidst group 46 of the US Senate Records, filing guidelines “Dec 8, 1941, if you really care to know. Today, the  typewritten draft of President Roosevelt’s speech is housed at the National Archives and Records Administration Franklin D Roosevelt Library in Hyde Park NY. “Read in Joint Session” are scrawled upon it. There is something Interesting about this marked up copy of Roosevelt’s speech I found crawling on the Internet. Four words that changed America are missing from the now archived draft. Four words that defined the WWII generation are missing. While other words are missing, too, from the WWII Memorial, it is these exactbfour words that must be put up on its walls.

12:30pm, December 8 1941, United States of America Franklin D Roosevelt, delivered a 7 minute speech before a Joint Session of Congress that was  broadcast to the largest audience in American live radio history. More than 81 percent of Americans tuned in to hear their President adress the tragedy of day before, December 7, 1941. The Empire of Japan attacked Pearl Harbor Naval Base on the island of Hawaii. Vice President Henry A Wallace sat to the President’s left as Roosevelt prepared to speak. Speaker of the House Sam Rayburn sat behind him. President Roosevelt’s son James, dressed in uniform, sat to the President’s right. Democrats and Republicans were all Americans, on this day, unified behind their leader. No No aisle separated them as America’s President channeled his country’s emotions to America’s tragedy.

President Roosevelt had met with his military advisors. President Roosevelt asked Congress to go to war. The Senate voted unanimously for war;the House had one dissenter. President Roosevelt signed America’s Declaration into a collective response- WAR- declared against Japan. America joined into WWII.

The delicacy of generating support for the administration’s battle cry was not unique to this Presidency. President Roosevelt had a decision to make, give a long speech or give a shorter terse speech. President Roosevelt’s advisors told him to give a longer speech adressing Japan and America’s relationships. President Roosevelt, wanting to express Americans  feeling they had been victimized, wanted to deliver a shorter dramatic speech that would the voice of American citizens angered at the slaughter of brethren while Japan, openly holding diplomatic negotiations with America was covertly preparing for War against them. President Roosevelt, both the Commander in Chief of the Army and the Navy, chose his words carefully, using one word of power to replace two. “A date which will live in world history”  became “a date which will live in Infamy.” The magnitude of American murdered was not lost. President Roosevelt told Americans to never forget this Sunday attack on Pearl Harbor. President Roosevelt told Americans he had confidence in their strengths. He let Americans know he that with declaring war he “directed that all measures be taken for our defense” letting his citizens know  “our people, our territory and our interests are in grave danger”. Americans rallied to President Roosevelt’s call with cries of “Remember December 7th” and “Avenge December 7”.  

 President Roosevelt wrote his Day Of Infamy speech holed up in Room 776 at The Mayflower infamous for less glamorous moments in America’s pop culture. It was the same room in which Roosevelt wrote his inaugural speech. I was told the President was working on his speech until the last moment before he was to leave for the Capitol, racing from his desk in such haste, he left the reading copy of his speech behind, where as legend goes, his aide, glancing the speech over, picked up the pen, scrawled upon it.

Though many know all or parts of the speech written by President Roosevelt off by heart, it bears reading the speech in its entirety again:

“Yesterday, December 7, 1941- a date which will live in infamy- the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.

The United States was at peace with that nation and, at the solicitation of Japan, was still in conversation with its Government and its Emperor looking toward the maintenance of peace in the Pacific. Indeed, one hour after Japanese air squadrons had commenced bombing in Oahu, the Japanese Ambassador to the United States and his colleague delivered to the Secretary of State a formal reply to a recent American message. While this reply stated that it seemed useless to continue the existing diplomatic negotiations, it contained no threat or hint of war or armed attack.

It will be recorded that the distance of Hawaii from Japan makes it obvious that the attack was deliberately planned many days or even weeks ago. During the intervening time the Japanese Government has deliberately sought to deceive the United States by false statements and expressions of hope for continued peace.

The attack yesterday on the Hawaiian Islands has caused severe damage to American naval and military forces. Very many American lives have been lost. In addition American ships have been reported torpedoed on the high seas between San Francisco and Honolulu.

Yesterday the Japanese Government also launched an attack against Malaya. Last night Japanese forces attacked Hong Kong. Last night Japanese forces attacked Guam. Last night Japanese forces attacked the Philippine Islands. Last night the Japanese attacked Wake Island. This morning the Japanese attacked Midway Island.

Japan has, therefore, undertaken a surprise offensive extending throughout the Pacific area. The facts of yesterday speak for themselves. The people of the United States have already formed their opinions and well understand the implications to the very life and safety of our nation.

As Commander-in-Chief of the Army and Navy, I have directed that all measures be taken for our defense.

Always will we remember the character of the onslaught against us.No matter how long it may take us to overcome this premeditated invasion, the American people in their righteous might will win through absolute victory.

I believe I interpret the will of the Congress and of the people when I assert that we will not only defend ourselves to the uttermost but will make very certain that this form of treachery shall never endanger us again.

Hostilities exist. There is no blinking at the fact that our people, our territory and our interests are in grave danger.

With confidence in our armed forces – with the unbounded determination of our people – we will gain the inevitable triumph – (and at the end of this sentence, four words were scrawled in by President Roosevelt’s aide who upon reading his boss’s speech, knew…..) SO HELP US GOD.  

I ask that the Congress declare that since the unprovoked and dastardly attack by Japan on Sunday, December seventh, a state of war has existed between the United States and the Japanese Empire.”

And there they are, the Four Words that defined the WWII generation, “So Help Us God,”  the similar four words to those George Washington added to the end of the oath of office.

America is edited these days by political correctness and partisan bullying. America is losing so much. She cannot afford to lose these Four Words. With one WWII hero at a time slipping through our collective consciousness, the WII Memorial is what we as a country will have to remember them by, four words that bind them forever into the DNA that makes America great. While it is a Congressional thought to put a new prayer up on the WWII Memorial, it is more of a historically correct thought to put these Heroes prayer upon their Wall. Complete President Roosevelt’s speech. Include the words SO HELP US GOD, the prayer of in the hearts and minds of many Americans today struggling with making it day to day, struggling to hold life as they knew it together. All along the way in the process of the designing and planning the WWII  Memorial,  all of the members of the Commission had the obligation to represent the people not a selected few who chose design over history. If a Law is needed to put SO HELP US GOD upon the wall, make the Law. And if a Law is needed to make it criminal to take creative license with history, changing it, or deleting history with a click of computer key or pencil erasure, make that Law too.

Don’t rewrite history as was done at the WWII with President Roosevelt’s speech:

PEARL HARBOR
DECEMBER 7, 1941, A DATE
WHICH WILL LIVE IN INFAMY…
NO MATTER HOW LONG IT
MAY TAKE US TO OVERCOME
THIS PREMEDITATED INVASION,
THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, IN
THEIR RIGHTEOUS MIGHT,
WILL WIN THROUGH
TO ABSOLUTE VICTORY.

Write history. Put the missing sentences where they belong up on the wall of the World War II Memorial. And in larger letters, larger than life, never to be missed, embolden those who need comforting from these Four Words, SO HELP US GOD.

The World War II Memorial, the first national memorial dedicated to all who served during World War II, is the first contemporary memorial where Faith was left off. Patriotic men and women went to war willingly, for God and Country, guided by chaplains to facing their mortality before finding their ways into foxholes some never left. The WWII Memorial is not the only Memorial where literary license was taken. Literary license was taken at the MLK. Can you imagine that Reverend Dr King has NO words of Faith anywhere on his Memorial.

I was told, early on when I began my God project that my photos show ‘the enemy’ exactly where to go to remove Faith from our Capitol. I always answer maybe my God project shows people where to go when seeking Faith. We are only better than our enemies if we return, here and now, the 4 of the 485 words that in 7 minutes glorified America. If Congress does not write history correctly upon this Memorial then Congress, representing We The People, is no better than our enemies that fight us today.  In this endeavor, I ask, I pray, help me put God upon this Memorial’s walls – Carrie Devorah [www.godinthetemplesofgovernment.com ]

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THIS MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND, REMEMBER:

26 May

MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND has become a weekend of barbecue and bikes, in DC.

I chose to celebrate my MEMORIAL MINUTE with earnest, attending a 6th&I Friday night service dedicated to veterans and loved heroes lost at war. I had showed up a week earlier, last Friday. I determined to return, to say ‘thank you for your service’ and ‘thank you for your sacrifice.’ The unorthodox service, Downtown DC, meets the fourth Friday of each month. Larry, the leader’s practice, each Friday he leads his congregation, is to read out the names of the Fallen. Larry said he has been doing this five years now. Larry saw someone else list the dead. Larry committed to honoring heroes ages 19-40’s, each one a pause for tears.

For all the naysayers, Jews dont serve. They do. Just walk amongst the headstones at Arlington Cemetery. Stars of David dot the crowns of the white tablets, each tablet looking like 1/2 of the Ten Commandment, two tablets. Present at the ceremony were a father and mother from Florida and a teeny bent woman with two young men and her girl. Whoosh. She reminded me of my mom, my family, our loss I shared with her after Adon Olam, Lord Of The Universe.

She held me hand as I shared our loss, why Memorial Day is important to me. She said ‘you understand. I dont need to explain. They,’ sweeping her hand towards the exiting congregants, ‘they dont get it.’ They dont. I agreed. And I shared with her my words of comfort given to me at the time of our loss ‘He is missed.’ Three words that speak volumes. And I shared my reality gifted to us within 30 days of our loss, ‘people will tell you to move forward. You will but you wont. You are changed forever. It can be a gift. Or not.’

The gathered were present for kavanah, devotion, introspection. My hostest was Joyce, the congregation leader’s vivacious wife I had fortune to sit next to on the pew bench upstairs. Larry shared Sixth and I history. He had no way of knowing my moment in it, my photo on the wall gallery downstairs, my memories of Abe Pollin, my association with Shelton Jackson and with Doug Jemal. When Larry asked had I been here at 6th and I before. I smiled. With too much history to share, I said, yes, I was there when the Synagogue that became a Church became a Synagogue again.

My dinner mate was an Episcopalian Gay who loved shule and Jews and couldnt understand much of what I don’t understand about the world. I relished how he looked in my eyes as we spoke. I shared with him I had stopped by the FRC Watchmen Conference earlier that day where a pastor engaged with me on the conversation of Gays and Faith, BSA and bullying. My dinner mate and I were in synch. All I could think of was the dialogue is shifting. The loudest voices being heard could probably use therapy to work through their issues as this delicious man is NOT being spoke for by them. Nor was the couple, both wearing yarmulkehs. They were not a the Memorial Weekend sabbath as activists. They were there as Jews steeped in their faith.

So when a friend sent me a forward, in Memory of Rabbi Noah Weinberg, of blessed memory, dean and founder of Aish HaTorah International, a man who for 50 years his visionary educational programs brought hundreds of thousands of Jews closer to their heritage, I thought his words are in tribute to those we lost & love:

Way #13: Think About It  by Rabbi Noah Weinberg

We sometimes make snap decisions. Or we may mull over decisions for too long. Become skilled at the happy medium of good decision-making. Imagine walking on a tightrope high above Niagara Falls. As you inch along, you see a maniac coming at you from behind. No longer are you just concerned about falling to either side, you also have to make sure the maniac doesn’t catch you! In a sense, life is the same way. Every step we make has real consequences – yet we have to continue to move forward. People want immediate results and tend to lack patience when it comes to making decisions. People may even throw themselves into a certain decision – for better or for worse – just to get the decision out of the way. Others may excessively mull over decisions, lacking the confidence to come to the right conclusion. Whatever the case, decisions can come back and haunt us. And we wonder: “Why didn’t I think this through better?” Take note of how you make decisions. Do you deliberate and consider the weight of important issues? Or is it impulsive and without thought of consequence? Or do you simply shrug your shoulders and make a decision out of ignorance?

Way #13 is Bi-yishuv – literally “by sitting.” Life has decisions to be made at every moment. So don’t be hasty. Slow down. Examine all the aspects. Reflect. Deliberate. Make the best decisions you can, but don’t get so wrapped up in yourself that you’re afraid to commit to a final decision. These techniques will help you solve problems that inevitably arise in career, marriage, and parenting. And once you do make your decision, you’ll move forward with confidence, knowing it was the best decision possible.


FOUR STEPS OF DELIBERATION

“Deliberation” means to ponder insights, events, ideas – whatever we encounter in life. Let things lie for a while, then go back and mull them over. The Sages say that whatever you encounter, study it four times. This process is likened to the act of planting – because wisdom is for the soul what food is for the body.

  1. PLOWING – The first time you go over an idea, try to figure it out. That’s “breaking up the soil.”
  2. PLANTING – The second time, the idea begins to make sense. You’re “putting seeds into the ground,” planting it into yourself.
  3. HARVESTING – The third time, you come to an experiential and intellectual understanding. It’s “reaping the wheat.”
  4. DIGESTING – The fourth time, you integrate the idea into your life. It “nourishes” your soul and is now part of you.

We all want to achieve great things with minimum effort. A great sage said: “A person wants to become great overnight, and get a good night’s sleep, too!” Realize that true growth is a long process. That’s why deliberation is an important tool, because it forces you to slow down, exercise patience, and stretch the limits of your powers. With everything you want to achieve – and the short time you have to do so – taking time to deliberate is the best investment you’ll ever make.


SIX TOOLS OF DELIBERATION

TOOL #1 – NIGHTLY RECAP

Before going to sleep, look back and review the events of your day. Try to identify what you learned. Then project toward the future. Anticipate what you expect to encounter the following day, week, or month. Set a schedule to review your life regularly. In Judaism, the appointed times are every week before Shabbat, every month before Rosh Chodesh, and every year before Rosh Hashana. You can also do this before a birthday, graduation, wedding or other milestone. Do this consistently for the rest of your life. Deliberate on what you’ve done in the past, and what you hope for the future. Without this, you’re just running aimlessly through life. Sure, you’ll eventually end up someplace – but you won’t be happy and you won’t know how you got there.


TOOL #2 – CAPTURE & CONCRETIZE

We all have an occasional flash of truth: moments when we realize what it means to be a friend, what we are doing wrong, what we really want out of life. We may think the moment of realization has changed us. But often the moment is lost. Because unless we concretize the insight, we’ll never act on it, and the effect dissipates altogether. The next time you get a great insight, stop. Freeze. Don’t move. Think about what the insight means in the overall scheme of things. And figure out how to put it into practice. Imagine you encounter the suffering of poor people and are moved to tears. If you want to help, you’ll need to structure a careful, detailed plan. Otherwise, all your good intentions are unlikely to amount to anything.


TOOL #3 – THINK BEFORE YOU SPEAK

We all have ups and downs, good days and bad days. Hasty reactions are a defense mechanism, and usually not the most effective one. If we’re not on guard, we can act impulsively. Criticism has a way of getting under our skin and making us attack the source of the criticism. So before you react, give yourself a chance to consider the comment, what it really means, and if perhaps there’s some validity to it. As King Solomon says: “Don’t be quick to respond.” When someone hurts or insults you, wait before you react. You’re naturally on the defensive. Be careful not to say anything you’ll later regret. Before you start shouting, pause. Catch a hold of yourself and count to 10. Similarly, when someone asks you a question, think before you answer. Don’t be afraid to say “I don’t know.” When asked for your point of view, learn to say, “I’m not sure,” or “It seems to me…” In the long run, you’ll gain respect.


TOOL #4 – ANALYZE THE INFO

If it’s not worth mulling over, it’s not worth studying in the first place. Because all that information may just overload and confuse you. When you hear or read something, train yourself to sum up the central point in a few words. If you don’t take the time to think over what you’ve learned, you’re viewing the world blindly through someone else’s eyes. Next, examine the implications of the new idea. It helps to have a list of standard probing questions like:

  • Is the source objective?
  • What is the evidence cited?
  • What aspects don’t I understand?
  • What are the implications/consequences of this for my life?

Asking these questions will sharpen your analytical abilities, and will help you apply what you learn.

Next, take a piece of paper and write out the pros and cons. This gets the ball rolling in a constructive direction. Even though it may seem like this process will slow you down, once you master the technique, it will become more automatic. Then you’ll be able to analyze things with lightning speed, and make better, faster decisions.


TOOL #5 – BE PREPARED

You need to distinguish between “reality” and “moods.” Deliberating before you confront a problem will enable you to act with greater confidence when the problem does arise. So before you enter a situation that could backfire – a job interview, a family gathering, etc. – consider in advance what you’ll have to confront, and practice for it. Role-play in front of a mirror (or with a friend) and prepare catch-phrases that – in the heat of the moment – keep you focused. When you’re prepared, you’re confident. And then no one will be able to pull the rug out from under your feet.


TOOL #6 – GIVE IT TIME

Did you ever go to sleep with a problem and then wake up with a solution? To gain clarity, you sometimes have to walk away from a situation and then come back to it later. If you feel yourself coming up empty, take a break for while and come back refreshed. You are more clever and resourceful than you give yourself credit for. Solutions may jump right out at you the next time around. Over time, we get answers. So stick with it. Ask others for advice. Ask God to help. The clarity will come.


WHY IS “THINKING ABOUT IT” A WAY TO WISDOM?

  • We all want greatness. It takes time and hard work to achieve it.
  • When you reach an impasse, pause and analyze. Deal with the problem. Don’t look for the quick, easy solution.
  • Careful reflection ensures a much wiser response than an impulse reaction.
  • To know what you’re living for, take the time to think it through. Otherwise you could end up with a very superficial life.
  • And, when things look the bleakest, do the Daily thing- take TWO TABLETS and call HIM in the morning.

   

CONTEMPLATING THE 62nd Annual Day Of Prayer Message: PRAY

10 May

Shirley Dobson, the chairman of the national Day of  Prayer led the Congressional kickoff beseeching prayer for our country. Pray. She said citing stats and scriptures reminding people that time and time again The Lord has stepped in when needed, where needed. There is so much to be praying about- Boston, Newtown is a prayer start. There were 42000 prayer gatherings around the country on the National Day of Prayer, Dobson said, the largest to date with word of the mission spreading to the UK and Australia to lift up America in Prayer. Some have booked hot air balloons to hold prayer circles in the air. One woman is packing her buddies in to her SUV to do a day trip to local EMS, fire stations and police to pray with them.

Rabbi Daniel Lapin has become a regular in the bridge building process between faiths. Lapin adressed the struggle people have with prayer. Often, prayer is a w ‘want’ ending up being a ‘cant.’ People know less and less the how to of Ho-Du, a call to God. Lapin brought the gathering back to the evil & good conflict that has challenged generations. Lapin cited history. Revolutions were driven by faith. Philosophies have impacted. Humanistic philosophies, Lapin, said, don’t work. Lapin, in his English clip, engaged the gathered with his biblical search for the first person to pray. Lapin said the first Jewish person to pray to God is shrouded in history as is the first person to eat Rice Krispies. When everyone does it, it isn’t special. But the historical grand adventure  connecting to God is a blueprint of what we must do which is pray.

Rabbi Neal Surasky explained the first three notes of the shofar he was to blow- a call to worship, an announcement of the call of the nations dire contrition and the fourth is the call to the archangels.

Father Jerome Magat cited Matthews in support of the Dobson’s theme 62, a call to Prayer. The nations motto of In God We Trust has led our nation. Magat said trusting in God also means obeying him, despite the threats to all Americans- born and unborn. Lincoln said it is the duty of all Americans to follow GOd, and then Magat led the gathered to prayer.

Bobby Little spoke on behalf of the Christian embassy a mission to bring leaders, of all kinds, military plus to come to faith. Little introduced a big man, the Ambassador to Malawi, Steve Dick Matenje. Matenje brought a prayer for the gathered, turning the gathered to the nations of the world, asking courage to not shrink back from tough decisions, Mataenje prayed for the immigrants and for the fragile, for the peacemakers, for the people of Bangladesh, asked for a stop to Human Trafficking.

Pat Boone as a stalwart for the National Day of Prayer was here this day, white buck shoes and all, a lead in to Congressman Robert Aderholt, from Alabama, reminding people this nation stands for faith and heart and only with these things will America remain the light on the Hill. Aderholt asked people to be encouraged knowing despite all the bickering seen on tv, there is a first prayer of the week that is done off camera and bipartisan. Aderholt has been a sponsor of the last seven days of prayer on the Hill. Aderholt cited Benjamin Franklin in closing, beseeching the day start with gathered prayer, ahead in to the Annie Moses Band, worship leaders.

Glenn Sheppard, from America’s Day of prayer Committee brought people back to the message of the day, providence in the presence of faith, reminding of the Prayer of repentance, Acts 8:22. Sheppard emphasized, America needs to Pray For Its Nation. Sheppard asked for the gathered to kneel. and they did, at their chairs, some facing east, some facing west, some leaning I. To their seats, some kneeling high, heads bowed, fingers clasped,,eyes covered in supplication. He was kind. Sheppard allowed for the disabled. His request was couched in ..’if you can.’ It was on this day, I acknowledged a limitation. I couldn’t. Getting back up was a reality in more ways than one.

What was labelled a special performance was that and more… Wintley Phipps founder if the Dream Academy brought the event a grace that remains the elixir of the nation. One can only wonder at decision to bring JT to the White House when Wintley enfuses breaths of prayer.

John Bornschein vice chairman national day of prayer introduced Judge David Gustafson who requested Prayer for the Judiciary. When one hears a Judge has nine children, there is that momentary of faith wondering if it  is kosher to even think the wordsJudge and, legal briefs in the same thought, let alone iPad sentence. Gustafson derbies himself as a rep of the retail side of the judiciary. His window into proceedings is a keyhole. Gustafson asked for prayer. Dick Eastman asked people to lay hands on the chairs before them asking that judges filling the seats be e fused with faith, justice as they decide for humanity.

Dr James Dobson founder and Chairman  of Family Talk introduced Congressman Frank Wolf, VA. They have known each other for over 23 years. Wolf recited the long history of prayer in politics. Historically kingdoms rise and fall. Wolf assured that America will stay forever. Wolf told of Ben Franklin wept when signing the Constitution. Washington, president if the Constitutional Convention. Apparently there was a rising sun on the back of the presidents chair, all gathered witnessed the dawn of a new nation, a glory. Wolf said as much as he wants that to be true, he is concerned. He doesn’t believe he is alone. Rising debt, America it’s moral compass, with its torch dimming. Solutions will not only come from God. Pray for those in positions influence. Wolf warned. Virtues are mocked. Vices are elevated. The fastest growing affiliation today agree then Nones, dramatically growing. Wolf asked people to pray for the Church and foster a culture of faith. Pray for a new dawn to break.

Vonette Bright, co chairman of the National Day of Prayer Task Force shared Colossians 1:9 introduced Pat Boone. While some wonder if there are 10 righteous men in Hollywood, the are. There are thousands coming to gatherings in Dodgers stadium. Boone said thousands of youth gather.

Larry Polin media fellowship prays for actors by name- Brad Pitt and others. Boone seconded Shirley acknowledging America was born in prayer. It wasn’t a myth that George Washington kneeled in the snow in prayer. It is a history not being taught to kids today. The very obvious intent of a Thomas Jefferson has been twisted yet even a 6th grader knows what that means. Boone recounted his tale of challenging set atheist Michael Newdow, who forgot the words ‘and no restriction thereof..’ Boone talked about Ben Fraknlins call for daily sun a guide to the constitution. Franklin wasn’t known for faith. He was known for his taste in women. Liberty for all adressed where faith is, where. Boone said, Christians are. His words were, are, Legacy in the National day of a prayer, a legacy calling the first Thursday in May being the national Day of Prayer.

There was no National Day of Prayer in the White House last year. There was a celebration of Ramadan. The Jewish month celebration was cancelled to. Boone said, what is next? An executive order from the man who declared evangelical Christians, enemies. Boone began crying out multiples of God’s names… In America as it is in heaven. ..