Between phone calls with colleagues, photos and new reports, and live Twitter and Facebook feeds, I felt I had entered the fourth dimension and was personally in the heart of Sandy's path as it thundered up the coast and pounded the northeast. But I wasn't.
Now is one of the best periods of my life. I'm harvesting so much of what I sowed in the world.
And yet, when I look in the mirror before I put on my public face, I view this slightly stooped old man with wrinkles.
It is impossible for Jews to forget our heritage as victims of another Egyptian tyrant -- the Pharoah whose reliance on brute force was overthrown when the Israelite slaves managed to escape from Egypt some 3,000 years ago.
On the fifth and sixth days of Hanukah, Rabbis for Human Rights will hold its biennial conference. At this conference, rabbis, lay leaders, and Jews of all backgrounds will learn about pressing human rights abuses.
Thanksgiving is itself an act of Tikkun Olam. It celebrates the bridging of fierce differences, the coming together of seeming opposites, the idea that helping people takes precedence over barriers of creed.