People often ask me what it's like to live in Israel, with constant, existential threats. It's frightening.
We are in a situation that demands objective scrutiny and attention. This focus can provide the impartial information that our elected officials and we need to arm ourselves and to stand our ground to defend our "inalienable rights" as citizens not just the right to bear arms.
It started when police shot an unarmed man while chasing him down an alley. The circumstances surrounding the incident remain unclear, but we know the young man's name: Manuel Angel Diaz, 25. He was pronounced dead that night at a local hospital.
The Aurora massacre has provoked fears of life-threatening vulnerability and a desperate concern to prevent another mass slaying. Can a pragmatic solution be found? And if so, what? If not, how can we allay our existential fears?
America has become a killing machine that appears to be outside of society; beyond critique. We accept unchallengeable abstractions, fictions, and look the other way as more die.
"In a place where there are no heroes -- be a hero!" This 2,000-year-old challenge by Hillel the Elder, whom many consider to have been Jesus' rabbi, is a staple of Jewish learning. But how does one do this?
Here we are again, reading names. Piecing together life stories from the snapshots and accompanying biographical summaries. Here we are again in another "there but for the Grace of God Go I" moment.
The violence in these films and others, as well as TV shows and video games, has reached a state of normalcy for many of us, even classified as "entertainment."
As we mourn the loss of the innocent victims in Colorado, is it possible that we can expand our collective broken hearts to include compassion for suspect James Holmes?
In contrast to the exhaustive coverage of the massacre that left 70-plus casualties, we know very little about Anaheim and the killing of Manuel Angel Diaz, shot in the back and in the head by that city's police just a few short hours after the awful Aurora murders.
Twelve people were killed and 58 wounded in that shooting at the Century Aurora 16 theater complex on July 20. While some have been released, others are still fighting for their lives in hospitals. And many of them will likely be fighting to stay afloat financially after they're discharged.
Until and unless we can have an honest national conversation about our violence-obsessed culture, we will always be waking up to mourning in America.
With all of the important issues dominating the political debate, the economy, health care, International Affairs to name a few it had slipped my mind...
In times of national fear and existential questions, we need to open up our hearts and minds and really start listening to each other about the world we want to live in, and how to make that world our reality.
Two men, however -- one is our president, the other would like to be -- came forward and reminded us who they really are and made us feel good about them, ourselves and our country again.
Christian Bale took time earlier this week to visit the victims of the Aurora Colorado shooting. Christian spent time taking pictures with people in t...