Tag Archive: Courage

Jun 19 2015

Strength, Courage, and Peace in the Face of Loss

Psalm 29, verse 11, has always been special to me.  “Adonai oz l’amo yiten, Adonai yivarech et amo b’shalom- Adonai will give strength to the people, Adonai will bless the people with peace.”  As a Soldier, this verse appealed to me in terms of national security strategy.  I understood that peace must be founded on …

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May 12 2015

Veteran’s Convocation- Maricopa Colleges- May 2015

Members of the Maricopa Community College Governing Board, Chancellor Rufus Glasper and members of the Executive Council, administrators, faculty and staff, parents and friends, and, most of all, fellow veterans! It is a privilege to stand before you today and celebrate your achievement with you and your loved ones. On 22 May, 1978, I raised …

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Jun 13 2014

Grasshoppers and Courage

Personal courage is one of 7 Army Values.  Captain Matthew Riggs, in an essay on this value, writes that, “Personal Courage as defined by the Army, is to face fear, danger or adversity. Personal Courage is the ability one has to overcome a difficult task or situation with steadfastness, or in contrast, to do the …

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Sep 29 2012

Army Values and Jewish Values- Yom Kippur 5773

One hundred fifty years ago, almost to the day, the first Rabbi was commissioned as a chaplain in the United States Army.  Last year, a memorial was dedicated at Arlington National Cemetery to the 13 Jewish chaplains who have died during active duty service to our beloved country.  Their sacrifice is a tribute to the …

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