Decisions 2020

By Rabbi Robert L. Kravitz, D.D. 

Turmoil, Chaos, Illness and Death…everywhere.

Watching Gestapo tactics against Americans.

Mask up, wash up, stand up…apart.

            Decisions. …

Standing or kneeling.

Protesting against, whatever.

Need vaccines, but won’t take this batch.

            Decisions. …

Open the schools, hope the kids don’t bring “stuff” home to Grandma.

Must have religion, don’t gather in large groups.

Us vs. Them, White vs. Black, Black vs. White, et al.

America The Beautiful?

            Decisions. …

Guns, no guns.

Right to one’s body, or not.

Counted in the Census, or excluded.

Freedom to vote, squashed.

Decisions. …

Jobs and affordable places to live.

Help for the neediest.

Leadership vs. Emptiness.

Decisions. …

Participate, or leave it to the next person.

Speak out, stay silent.

Do something right, sit on your hands.

Educate, learn, challenge. Accept the unreal.

Decisions. …

Promote democracy. Watch it fall to demagoguery.

Salute the flag. Turn it upside down.

Take responsibility. Take nothing, give nothing back.

Decisions. …

The view of Earth from the height of the International Space Station shows a globe that is blue and beautiful, at peace and harmony. It’s only when we come closer-in, beneath the clouds, that the turmoil becomes more evident. When the Creator developed this place, it was formless and void. Today it is full and teeming with people and animals.

Decisions we make now will either advance life on this planet, or destroy it.

Decisions we select today will either bring harmony back to the planet, or cause it to explode in divisiveness.

Decisions need to be made critically, honestly, and quickly.

Decide for yourself, or others will decide for you.

Rabbi Robert L. Kravitz, D.D. is known Valley-wide for his more than three decades of support for civil and human rights, and the positive efforts of law enforcement. Serving as a volunteer police chaplain for more than 30 years, he regularly addresses civic and religious gatherings on related subjects, while working part-time as Hospital Chaplaincy Coordinator for Jewish Family & Children’s Service. Contact him at

Estranged From A Superfast, Interconnected World

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By Rabbi Robert L. Kravitz –

We have just concluded a huge block of history, religion and traditions. The High Holy Days concluded with the festival of Sukkot (harvest festival, taken by the Pilgrims as Thanksgiving in the USA). Columbus Day recalled the arrival of the explorer to this continent. And Halloween challenged kids’ teeth and brought out the goblins.

November commences with All Saints Day (1st), followed by Dia de Los Muertos (2nd). Within a week we will vote for the President of the United States (6th). And later this month we remember our Veterans sacrifices (11th). November concludes with the beginning of The Season and Thanksgiving Day (22nd).

For all that we have participated in, for all that we have watched whiz by, we are blessed to be in a land where we have choices. Calendar dates are just that…mere numbers on a page.

How we spend those hours shows the world and ourselves the value of time and the importance of time well spent.

For some, holy days and festivals are not important enough to stop and attend to.

For others, the sports of this season will become rituals to supersede rituals of religion and communal history.

Many will feel left out or abandoned by the activities of the world. Because of loneliness, illness, limited family access and other factors, they become estranged from the superfast, interconnected world spinning around them.

So much for so many to do. So little for the abandoned, the lonely to make their own.

A lesson of November: open our eyes; become more welcoming and compassionate. Maybe with all these festivals, holy days and significant calendar dates, each of us will do one more thing to help those hidden among us.

Let’s prove to the world that, as we allow the sun to shine through the windows of our homes, we can also use those windows to see outside, beyond our boundaries.

Maybe we will make November special not only for ourselves and our families, but for someone “out there” who is not as busy as we.

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