Tag Archives: Mark Braverman

“Living Stones,” More Than A Book

The phrase is well known to many around the world who concern themselves with the tumult in the Middle East in general, and Israel/Palestine in particular.  Contrasting with the inanimate rocks forming ancient shrines, synagogues, mosques and churches, “living stones” … Continue reading

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THE WINDS OF CHANGE ARE BLOWING?

American culture springs from past experiences—our current gun culture from revolutionary militias and later the wild west.  Racism thrived on the tragedy of slavery allowed to fester for the first 87 years of our history, finally addressed seriously not until … Continue reading

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O WOULD SOME POWER THE GIFTIE GIE US TO SEE OURSELVES AS OTHERS SEE US.

Robert Burns, (1759 – 1796) Poem “To a Louse” – verse 8.  Something or someone to help us realize what we doing—how it affects others.  Staggering out of bed in the morning, I’m pleased with my early rising.  But waking her … Continue reading

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“THOSE WHO CANNOT REMEMBER THE PAST ARE CONDEMNED TO REPEAT IT.”

from George Santayana (1863 – 1952), The Life of Reason, Volume 1, 1905  Memory is a gift.  When you wake up in the morning, you may still remember what happened yesterday—or 20 years ago.  Sleep does not erase it.  Like memory in your … Continue reading

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“God, I thank you that I am not like other men…

or even this tax collector.”  The Pharisee stood up and “prayed about himself” in Jesus parable, Luke 18:11.  The tax collector, hated Jewish collaborator with Rome, beat his breast—“God, have mercy on me, a sinner.”  You may recall who went … Continue reading

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CUT OFF ALL WATER FOR OUR FARM

and we collect rain water while the neighboring Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank enjoy their swimming pools.  When they stopped the electric power permanently we compensated with solar panels.  Because they refuse to allow us to construct homes … Continue reading

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