Bravo SNL for sending Bill Hadar off with a number of hysterical skits on his final show. Those of us who love his Stefon character were certainly not disappointed with the his farewell skit.
Thank you Bill, Seth Myer and everyone at SNL who helped to create yet another beloved SNL character that will not soon be forgotten.
Some weeks ago in the course of a passionate argument with a conservative friend, I argued that rather than teaching people how to use guns to protect ourselves from the bad guys, we should be addressing social and mental health problems that create bad guys and we should be encouraging people to develop conflict resolution skills. My friend responded with a loud, “OY! And then we’ll all hold hands and sing kumbaya.”
I admit it, I’m a kumbaya guy and I’m proud of it. After seeing this video, I couldn’t help but recall the words of our teacher, Elie Wiesel who recently observed that the ultimate religion is friendship.
If you do not accept that friendship and kindness are the objectives of all faiths, I respectfully suggest you missed the forest for the trees.
Our God and God of our ancestors,
We thank you for the cycle of life and the opportunities afforded to us by the calendar to mark the passage of time
With the beginning of the new month of Sivan, we pray as we do daily for peace in the world in our individuals lives
We pray that in the new month to come, each of will prove to be better human beings who are more aware of our capacity to learn, love and contribute to building a better world
We pray we will be wiser, but more humble, more assertive in seeking justice for others but more understanding and gentle with those people with whom we have disagreements
We pray that in spite of our faith and love for You, we will never become so presumptuous as to assume that we know how You want each person to pray to you and practice Judaism
We pray that we will never become so arrogant as to presume that our understanding of Torah is the only possible understanding of our rich Jewish heritage.
As patient and loving as you were with our father Abraham when he pleaded with you to not destroy the good along with the wicked, may we be just as patient and tolerant of our Jewish brothers and sisters who insist that their way is the only way
Just as no two snow flakes are a like we celebrate the diversity of humanity and recognize that every person is created in the Divine Image
May the time come soon when every Jew will be allowed to practice Judaism in the land of our ancestors according his or her own understanding of Torah and while there are many different journeys one can take through our rich heritage, all Jews will come to appreciate that each path is sacred.
Most reasonable, informed Americans know that the current hearings being conducted by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee which is chaired by Republican Darrel Issa is nothing less than an witch-hunt intended to promote outright lies about what the White House and former Secretary of State Hilary Clinton should have done, might have done or could have done to prevent the Benghazi tragedy.
Do the current Republican members on Capital Hill have the capacity to do anything positive, anything constructive for the American people? Or do they all believe as Mitch McConnell has time and again reminded us, see their primary responsibility as Republican legislators to prevent President Obama from leading this nation and making sure that nothing constructive happens in Washington until the GOP controls both house of Congress and the White House?
I honestly want to know: How do Republicans on Main Street watch what members of their political party are doing on Capital Hill and feel no shame? Or do they?
Thank you Rep. Elijah Cummings (D. Maryland) for calling-out Rep. Issa for this embarrassing attempt at political assassination by lies and innuendo.
No one see’s through Republican and Fox Noise bullshit better than Jon Stewart!