Honesty is a concept that our parents preached to all of us as we were growing up. It is a basic human virtue, way of life and necessity in developing positive relationships. One would hope that this virtue extends to larger institutions, more specifically the United States government. But are the organizations and companies we […]

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Nepal instated a new constitution Sunday. My immediate response upon hearing this was delight; this constitution promises to enforce secularism and democracy, while simultaneously protecting religion when needed. After years of political unrest, interim constitutions and monarchies, this seemed like good news. But was I right in my assumption? In Nepal, this constitution has been […]

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Pop superstar Lady Gaga is back with new music in a big way. Rather than emerging from an egg, inventing flying contraptions or employing any of the other iconic attention-seeking stunts she’s pulled in her seven-year career, Gaga is going in a completely different direction. Her new song “Til It Happens to You,” which was […]

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Call it the Great Cannabis Tax Holiday of 2015. Colorado held a tax holiday Wednesday for all marijuana sales in the state. Why? Because people are buying more marijuana than the government projected. They really underestimated everybody’s need for weed. This past fiscal year, Colorado raised nearly $70 million on marijuana sales alone. Compare this […]

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There are just a few athletes in the world that you can name and everyone will recognize, regardless of whether or not they pay attention to sports. Tiger Woods is one of these athletes. For the last 20 years, Woods has captured the attention of audiences around the globe. He has found himself on the […]

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Ladies and gentlemen, the world is becoming a better place: Facebook is testing the idea of a “dislike” button. Is that not wonderful? Finally the trivial addition we have all been waiting for. Mark Zuckerberg says that this addition is coming after a persistent and long term demand from Facebook users who found it inappropriate […]

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It’s been a rough year for the National Football League, and before you roll your eyes and stop reading because you think this is another Deflategate piece, think again. Before the country was obsessed with the size of the footballs coming out of the New England Patriots’ locker room, people across the country were talking […]

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I begin this week’s blog post with yet another travel anecdote. In my younger days, I was a rather anxious airplane passenger. In addition to watching the safety video that most people either sleep through or completely ignore, I would study the safety card tucked away in the seat pocket. As I meticulously memorized all […]

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Oh, the Jewish High Holy Days. A time of the year when Reform Jews head to temple for their first and last times of the year. A time where we eat (or don’t eat) apples and honey and sing our favorite Jewish songs from childhood. A time for good food, good company and good times. […]

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A controversial bill from Germany’s Federal Government Commission for Culture and the Media will move on to a public round of consultation and is expected to be voted on in parliament in 2016. The bill is intended to minimize imports of illegal antiquities and slow the export of significant artworks out of Germany. Furthermore, any […]

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