I’m Buzzed, But I’m Happy

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By Rabbi Robert L. Kravitz –

My head is a-buzz.

Not with bees. Not with the incessant hum of machinery. Not with the background noise of a city.

My head is buzzing because I’m exhausted.

It’s one thing to be tired from missing a few hours of sleep. It’s another to be in a “zone” where it’s all fuzzy. And I’m there today.

Nope. I didn’t spend a night getting alcohol-blitzed, nor did I eat to explosion.

Rather, I spent an overnight work-shift with the men and women of several police departments, whose job last night was to take drunks off the road, and they did.

The East Valley DUI Task Force starts in the early evening and ends after about 4am.

I was awake all day, then “worked” the overnight shift, all night.

So, I’m buzzed. But I’m happy to know that in our area there were no cataclysms, no enormous wrecks, no families having to be told a dear one was dead, because of a selfish, drunk driver.

We did meet some folks who had begun to try to drive their vehicles while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, and most were sorry for their attempt.

I did see some incredibly supportive and helpful individuals who were working when most of the world was either relaxing or sleeping. Police officers – women and men – who took care to identify the problems of the inebriated drivers, and to treat them with more dignity than they probably deserved. It’s just cops doing their job.

I was there to show them there is a massive group of people – like you and me – who appreciate what they do, even on a long, holiday weekend.

Yes, I’m buzzed, but I’m happy about it. Sleep will come tonight. Drive safely.


Rabbi Robert L. Kravitz, D.D. is known Valley-wide for his nearly three decades of support for civil and human rights, and the efforts of law enforcement. He regularly lectures on related subjects, while working part-time as Hospital Chaplaincy Coordinator for Jewish Family & Children’s Service. Contact him at rrlkdd@hotmail.com.


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In A World Of Do It Yourself

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By Rabbi Robert L. Kravitz –

What a world! On TV, we watch Do-it-Yourself programs. In the large “box stores” we are shown how to do it ourselves. In congregations and religious gatherings we are told how to do it ourselves. Even sports equipment maker Nike says, “Just do it.”

If everything were that easy, we wouldn’t need all those guidebooks, videos, DVD’s and ‘self-improvement’ manuals. If our human responsibilities were so easy, we wouldn’t constantly rely on the best information from others.

So, I guess life is not so easy that we can do it by ourselves. Possibly we do require some assistance from others – human, animal or spiritual.

When an Assistance Animal passes by, doing its job, we smile and think well of its training. When a friend asks for help, what do we do? We should immediately open our wallet, our heart, our home – depending on the need. Do we? What often happens is mental-gymnastics. We think about the issue. We analyze the problem. We pre-plan what we are going to say. We formulate suggestions that should alleviate the problem. And by then, too often the friend has moved on.

Were we to do it ourselves, respond ourselves, answer-up ourselves the world might be a happier place. “Justice delayed is justice denied” were the words of Supreme Court Justice Learned Hand. By drawing the parallel, we should be ready to do what is right and proper, now.

Delaying what is right, planning to plan, holding off on a reply until it is analyzed ad infinitum deny applicants what they need most, our immediate assistance. Hopefully, each of us will someday grow to where we can do it ourselves, and based on sound principles and reliable knowledge, do it right.


Rabbi Robert L. Kravitz, D.D. is known Valley-wide for his nearly three decades of support for civil and human rights, and the efforts of law enforcement. He regularly lectures on related subjects, while working part-time as Hospital Chaplaincy Coordinator for Jewish Family & Children’s Service. Contact him at rrlkdd@hotmail.com.

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