My wife and children are safe; they sleep quietly in our small rented room.
I know from historical experience that we Jews need to talk about our family and children first. As the Jewish people began to enter the land of Israel, two tribes, Reuven and Gad, sought land on the other side of the Jordan River. These groups phrased their request for Transjordan land in an interesting way; they asked for real estate for their cattle first and then sought land for their little ones. In response, Moses rebuked them for three days. The sages explain this criticism based on the fact that we should always put our family first in conversation and in action, as the things that matter the most should be foremost on our mind.
My wife and children are safe, yes, but our car, our home, our sifrei kodesh (holy books), our toys, our clothes, our furniture, and our pots and pans are all gone, submerged under 10 feet of water. We have only the few items that my forward-looking wife managed to assemble before we joined the close to million other refugees fleeing the path of Hurricane Katrina. Our family of four can travel in a single suitcase, I’ve learned.
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  1. take this with a grain of salt, as you seem, to me, a skeptic and a cynic: put something in here that focuses on something of a positive nature. the world is full of maladies; it’s full of disorder. as you seem to have quite a voice, utilize it in a way which may bring an enlightening sway to things, rather than such a (seemingly) negative one.

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