Posts by Jason Moss

January 19, 2021

Shortly after both of my daughters were born, I was reminded that my wife and I were going to not only be their first teachers but also their life-long teachers. It was going to be our job to make sure they learned important life skills, including being polite, using manners, the importance …

January 12, 2021

As many of you may know, I got one of my Master’s Degrees at Hebrew Union College in a program that now goes by the name of Jewish Nonprofit Management. One of the books we had to read in the program was written by the program's founder, Dr. Gerald Bubis, entitled The Director Had a Heart…

New Horizons

Each year, thousands and thousands of people enter the new year, expecting something to change… something to make their lives better just because the calendar changes to a new year. Memberships to gyms skyrocket, diets are begun, and promises of quitting that “nasty habit” are made. Sa…

Illuminate the Soul

As a child, I used to dread when we turned our clocks back because it meant I had less time to play outside each day. Now, I enjoy the idea of the sun breaking over the horizon shortly after I wake up in the morning as I am now able to get more time seeing the stars at night.

 

I bring th…

It is important to remember that Character Counts

Each month, as I sit down to write my From Where I Sit column, I often struggle to figure out what I want to write about. One of the challenges is that since this JLife SGPV is a monthly magazine, I am not able to address “current events” in real-time. There are usually two to four w…

January 5, 2021

Well… we are five days into 2021… feel any different? It is weird, but I do. It feels like I have a new outlook on the situation, not a new perspective, but a different feeling. Whether it is because the calendar simply changed from 2020 to 2021, or the fact that the vaccine is out there…

December 29, 2020

Well… 2020 is about to come to a close. And for many people, it couldn’t come soon enough. Sadly, when we look back on 2020, are we going to be able to think about the incredible things that took place, were experienced, discovered, and happened during the year or will we only be able to…

December 21, 2020

Did you see it last night? The “it” I am talking about was the conjunction between Jupiter and Saturn – the phenomenon that had not happened since the Middle Ages in March 4, 1226. And, while NASA said it was just a coincidence that it occurred on the Winter Solstice, it is pretty rema…

December 15, 2020

I hope you are all having a wonderful Hanukkah thus far. It is hard to believe that tonight we will already be lighting the 6th candle and only have two more nights to light our menorahs. It is in these moments where I am very glad that we follow Rabbi Hillel’s teaching of how we light the…

December 8, 2020

Well… this feels a little like déjà vu all over again with the recent Stay-at-Home order put in place by Governor Newsom over the weekend. However, besides not being able to dine outside, or get a haircut or a manicure, there is nothing real difference between what we were expected to av…

December 1, 2020

Before I go any further, I hope you and your family had a good Thanksgiving, given the circumstances which we have been facing. I know that it was most definitely not the Thanksgiving you envisioned having this year as you left last year’s festivities. And if you are like me, with Hanukkah…

November 24, 2020

Let me first begin by wishing you and your family a very happy Thanksgiving. We have so much to be thankful for, even as we are now in the midst of our ninth month of this pandemic.

Now, I know that for so many of us, this year’s Thanksgiving celebration is not going to be how we envision…

November 17, 2020

Before I continue with my column, I want to do something I have suggested in previous columns and that is to breathe. I say this because I feel like we keep getting bombarded with one crisis after another. In fact, since March I feel like we have only been in “crisis mode.” And by crisis…

Ethics in Action

It is important to remember that Character Counts

Each month, as I sit down to write my From Where I Sit column, I often struggle to figure out what I want to write about. One of the challenges is that since this JLife SGPV is a monthly magazine, I am not able to address “current even…

Perform a Mitzvah and vote!

What a year 2020 has been. Each time something has come up, I have heard a few people jokingly say that they did not have that on their 2020 bingo card. It seems like we have been faced with more this year than in years past. And for all of these things to take place while we have been fac…