“Es Donnert und Blitzelt in der Chechoslovakai”
Thunders and Lightnings in Czechoslovakia
there was a thunderstorm in my early childhood and I was
frightened, my mother would comfort me by the above phrase –
making believe that the storm was far away and could not hurt
storm is here now, right before our eyes.
Jewish beliefs have become minimized; intermarriages
are common, our people do not adhere to the “Hine Matov”
but disrespect their “brothers”, vote for their enemies,
and hang apart instead of together.
It is not only within our ranks; the whole country
seems to be suffering. No longer do we feel safe. Our economic
base is teetering. Our
dollars are weaker than those of other countries; a war that
was a must after September eleventh two thousand one has become a second Vietnam, with many being maimed and killed.
There is an inflation and a depression both at the same
time – a unique occurrence that leaves our nation, our
people, in dire straits.
An Afro-American preacher damns our country in his
sermons and his follower Barack Obama wants to be president!
Isn’t it ironic that wisdom, values and scholarship are ignored and the individual who has and can raise the largest sums will likely be the so called leader of our country? What are we thinking? We are listening to empty speeches that are often well delivered without content by politicians who have acquired great skills in rhetoric without true substance. As Jews we have learned much from the Haggadah and the description of the four sons: The Chochem (the wise son), The Rosche (the wicked), Tom (the simple one) and the last son is the one who does not even know how to ask what is necessary. We must listen carefully to the wise ones to their messages, the content, for the good of us all. Those of us who recall history or those of us who have heard the ominous wicked unconscionable rantings of Adolf Hitler and the screaming deceptive rhetoric that emanated from his oral cavity into loudspeakers, listen carefully and are not deluded by loud empty promises of “change”. We must consider the basis, quality and meaning of such change and consider how the process will lead to positive results.
must all examine our thoughts, our knowledge and our actions
and make decisions on facts, on rational thinking and what
history has so clearly taught us. If we follow the wisdom that
is within us and choose for the collective as well as the
individual good, and follow the tenets of our values and the
healthy freedoms that are available to us, we will again find
peace in this our great country that is America.
Dr. Ursula A. Falk is a psychotherapist in private practice and the co-author, with Dr. Gerhard Falk, of Deviant Nurses & Improper Patient Care (2006).