Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. A Moment in Time: My First Orthodox Jewish Wedding

 

It was a heart-filling experience, one that will become an indelible memory in my budding Jewish experience. I attended the wedding of iWe and Mrs. iWe’s son #2 and his bride.

I was a bit nervous about attending, fighting off a low-level anxiety about potentially “doing the wrong thing.” A few days before the wedding, however, I realized how silly and self-centered my concerns were. I was not attending this blessed occasion to make some kind of impression on those who were there; I was attending to contribute joy (simcha), offer blessings and goodwill with everyone else for the bride and groom. Holding that wish in my heart was the only mission I needed, and the one that guided me through the day.

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To all those Ricochetti who thought I might forget that it’s also Hanukah, I offer the following: While recently working my way through James Mattis’s new book  I came across something challenging and encouraging I’d never read before – though it may be familiar to others here. Gen. Mattis read it as a farewell to […]

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Talking With Our Enemies

 

Some years ago, a friend of my family named Jerry Parr died. No, it was not Secret Service agent Jerry Parr who helped save Ronald Reagan’s life after an assassination attempt. The Jerry I knew was a Houston painter who had lost his sight and became friends with my father, who visited weekly to read books aloud and to chat.

Jerry had worked in sign painting prior to his blindness. Privately, he exercised great creative talent. Shortly before he died, he gifted this print of one of his paintings to my dad.

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. The Bundle of Joy Who Came on Christmas

 

Having an infant at Christmastime was something that immensely impacted my perspective of the holiday. My eldest daughter was six months old during that December, when I truly grasped the significance of the incarnation. Suddenly, it was clear that the festivities and lights and celebrations and gifts are because Jesus, the infinite Creator God, the second Person of the eternal Trinity, became flesh and blood.

Jesus was a tiny, helpless baby just like my sweet, precious baby.

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A few months ago, at the National Conference of Christian Apologetics in Charlotte, North Carolina, Michael Licona and Richard Howe discussed the issue of Biblical Inerrancy for about two hours. The event was moderated by Frank Turek. More

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Another fruitless search for good news today but we have plenty to say about our bad and crazy martini! Join Jim and Greg as they react to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez openly cheering on anti-Semitic, America-hating Jeremy Corbyn to be the next prime minister in the United Kingdom. They fume as Rep. Rashida Tlaib falsely assumes […]

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Advent and Christmas Greetings, Ricochet! Outside life has been – and continues to be – leavened and enriched with family, prayer life, volunteer involvements of several kinds, and a periodic convivial connection. Thought I’d stop by for some cookies and punch – and opine a bit in my own way about a seasonal pet-peeve: The […]

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On December 8, according to the Church calendar, we celebrate the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception. And on December 8, 1854, in his Apostolic Constitution Ineffabilis Deus, Pope Pius IX proclaimed: We declare, pronounce, and define that the doctrine which holds that the most Blessed Virgin Mary, in the first instance of her conception, by […]

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The future affects our understanding of the past. We live our lives toward the future, but we understand our lives only in retrospect. Only looking back can we see whether we took the right road, whether a certain decision was justified, whether our dreams were intimations or illusions. Life involves risk, which is why we […]

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Book Recs for a Recent Catholic

 

I have recently decided I want to be Catholic after a lifetime of protesting (being Protestant, not being an anti-theist) and am looking for some great books on the history of the Catholic church, Catholic philosophy, Catholic apologia, etc. I figured Ricochet would be a good place to ask, given the founder and community here. S o what would you guys recommend?

For anyone wondering what prompted the change, Cupid’s arrow found its mark and I’m engaged to a wonderful Catholic girl and I want to raise our future children in the faith.

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. The Geography of Reason

 

The Philosopher Aristotle divided persuasion into three parts: Ethos, Pathos, and Logos. Traditionally, we have thought of them as three separate modes of persuasion, I propose we think of them as three connected parts of shaping one’s geography of reason.

First, some definitions:

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Ricochet has many Tolkien fans and many Christians, so I thought you might want to pencil in a new conference. Aptly titled Christ and Tolkien, it will be held Oct. 1-3, 2020, in Deerfield, IL, just north of Chicago.

Tolkien’s works present many Christian themes, though not quite as obvious as those of his dear friend C.S. Lewis. JRR’s defense of the faith helped CS abandon atheism and embrace Christianity. The two went on to found the Inklings, a famous literary discussion group held at the Eagle and Child pub near the University of Oxford. (Full disclosure: I stole the name “Inkling” for my college graphic design business.)

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Gratefulness and Common Grace

 

“[F]or he makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.” — Matthew 5:45b

Somehow we survive on this small blue planet, we fragile bipeds vulnerable to the elements, to disease, to time, and to each other. Logically, our lot is sustained misery, ended only by a merciful death. Yet mankind has done far more than survive. Our life experiences are a rich intermingling of joy and angst, satisfaction and boredom, love and suffering. We look back on our early years and we remember carefree, secure innocence. Centuries’ worth accumulated knowledge was ours to study. Next we loved, and married, and cherished children. We are paid well for skills that we are pleased to perform. And all this while we are nourished with good food, warmed with comfortable clothing, and aided when we are ill.

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Jewish Birthdays are Special

 

Everyone’s birthday is special. But until I started to study Judaism more carefully, I didn’t realize how auspicious birthdays are to the Jewish people.

I think this statement makes the point well:

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Many of us have read Ayn Rand’s book, “Atlas Shrugged” or “The Fountainhead.” Rand emigrated to the United States from the Soviet Union and became a stanch advocate for the free enterprise system. But she went beyond simply advocating for an economic system. She endorsed a whole philosophy based on the individual. Orthodox Jews and […]

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Justin Brierley hosts a show called “Unbelievable,” where Christians and non-Christians often debate theological issues ranging from “Does God Exist?” and “Is God Necessary for Morality?” to “Is Jesus the Messiah?” It’s one of my favorite shows to watch. Another one of my favorite shows to watch is “The Rubin Report,” hosted by Dave Rubin. […]

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One of my favorite books is titled “Radical Son,” by David Horowitz. David Horowitz had communist parents and was a communist himself until a friend of his was murdered by the Black Panthers. At that point, he took a fresh look at his Leftist ideas. Eventually he converted to conservatism. But how easy is it […]

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Thanks for joining the Three Martini Lunch today. Once again, Rob Long of National Review and Ricochet is sitting in for Jim. Today, we celebrate the resignation of socialist Bolivian dictator Evo Morales and notice how very sad the mainstream media and far left politicians are that Morales is no longer in power. They also […]

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Move Along Folks, Nothing to See Here

 

Our Lady of Guadalupe in Buckingham has again had its pro-life display vandalized.

In Central Bucks County, where yard signs assure that “Hate Has No Home Here,” acts of hatred are perpetrated on the people of Our Lady of Guadalupe, a Catholic parish in Buckingham Township. It’s been happening for years.

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Different? Not So Much.

 

My friend is a “different” race than I am. I’m considered “white” and he is considered “black.” Aside from the fact that we are really both just shades of the same color which I call Human, are we really different?

He has two eyes, I have two eyes.

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