Mohel Rabbi Mordechai Mozes
On behalf of the entire Mozes family, I wish to convey a heartfelt “Thank You” for the wonderful and meaningful article which appeared in your magazine last month (Mohel Rabbi Mordechai Mozes – A Model of Service to All Communities). It was an amazingly accurate description of what my father, Rabbi Mordechai Mozes, meant to the community. Please thank the entire staff at Community Magazine for their admirable Torah magazine.
With Deep Appreciation,
Rabbi Boruch Mozes
Free Speech Under Fire on US Campuses
I would like to share my thoughts about the article that appeared in last month’s issue about the lack of free speech on college campuses (Diversity of Opinions Under Fire on U.S. Campuses). When students try to stop people from speaking, it betrays insecurity about their own beliefs. I think many of the students who try to stop conservatives from speaking are afraid their arguments will be lacking. It doesn’t mean that they don’t believe in what they think, it’s just that it is based more on feelings than facts. It is very difficult to argue or debate what you feel to be true when facts don’t bear it out. One example is the topic of securing the border to stop illegal immigration. Stopping illegal immigration is not the same as stopping immigration, but there might as well not be a difference because of how people are taught – or brainwashed – to feel about it.
I hear and see valid points of view of both sides of the argument about allowing or not allowing certain people to speak in public at universities. That is because free speech certainly has its constitutional limits. You can’t slander, incite a riot, or commit verbal harassment of any kind. I like to think of these limits as enforcing responsibility. But once we get to expressing ideological viewpoints, I’m not sure if free speech can rightly be considered limited. Of course, the line between incendiary views and inciting violence can be incredibly thin; I think this is where the problem lies. How do you distinguish on which side “hate speech” falls?
New Real Estate Column
I’m really a huge fan of your new real estate column (Home Is Where the Heart Is). Especially since my husband and I are actively looking to purchase our first house. After looking at some of the houses that are for sale – I strongly recommend to people that are trying to sell their homes to read this column carefully every month. To put it mildly – some of the homes on the market are not so pleasing to the eye (or nose). Last month’s tips for preparing your house for sale had some important tips. Another tip that I would add to the list is to pay attention to the smells in the house. Some of the homes that my husband and I we went to smelled like a fast food restaurant. A “homey” smell like baked cookies or bread will go a long way.
The Impact of Jeffrey Matut, a”h
The 21st of Tebet marks the second yahrzeit of our beloved Yosef ben Malka, Jeffrey Matut, a”h. Jeffrey returned to Shamayim at the young age of 2 years old, accomplishing more in those years than most people accomplish in 120 years.
In addition to the amazing tefillot, tehillim, hesed, and misvot that were done while Jeffrey was in the hospital, it is astounding to realize how much has continued and is still going strong lilui nishmato two years later.
We thank and acknowledge every person who did or continues to do something, big or small, in Jeffrey’s merit. May all of these merits continue to elevate the pure neshama of Yosef ben Malka, a”h.
Submitted by A. Ades