Today is August 18, 2019 -
Almost 80 years ago, Scottish poet Andrew Lang said, “People use statistics as a drunken man uses lampposts–for support rather than for illumination.”
Today, I believe that we are seeing a very similar phenomenon with news. We take positions–political, social, religious, etc.–and then watch the channel or read the paper or subscribe to the blog that will support our already established viewpoints. For most of us, this is simply easier and much less stressful. As late 19th century politician Frank A. Clark wrote, “We find comfort among those who agree with us–growth among those who don’t.”
So, what am I reading?
As Lang suggested, I like to read articles that support my positions. I feel strongly that the Jewish people should be united with one heart, that we should not divide over our differences, that young Jews need to get to Israel, that we need a place at our tables for the young adults, that Federation needs to take an active role in these discussions, and that Federation needs to transform to make it all happen.
With that, I introduce you to a new feature in the CEO section of Federation’s website, What I’m Reading. These are articles I’ve read that support my views. If you agree with me, you’ll enjoy some comfortable reading. If you disagree, please let me know. We can grow from the debate.
I’ll try to post new stuff as I come across it.
Shabbat Shalom, Shanah Tovah & G’mar Chatimah Tovah.