Thursday, July 31, 2008

eSefer and Google


Blogger Moshe Y. Gluck said...

berachos 8a
shulchan Aruch, Orach Chaim 239:6

5/10/08 9:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

any more chazon ish coming...?

25/10/08 9:43 PM  
Anonymous Mr. Cohen said...

Very nice, but why no recent messages?

29/11/12 6:20 PM  
Blogger MYG said...

Thank you. No recent messages because I stopped blogging. There was enough good content up, though, that I left the blog in place. Enjoy!

29/11/12 6:59 PM  

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Monday, July 07, 2008

Worth Reading, Number Four: Project President by Ben Shapiro

As we all know, the presidential elections are coming soon. Again. And the current presumptive nominees seem to bring out the worst in their detractors. But what drives the elections? According to Ben Shapiro (in Project President: Bad Hair and Botox on the Road to the White House), while one might wish that it should be the issues - one of the most significant factors in the presidential race are the candidates' image. The candidates, well aware of this, do their best to put forth a pure face to all their public interactions, but generally don't succeed. No candidate, explains Shapiro, is good enough an actor to completely disguise his character flaws over the thousands of miles and face-hours the campaign trail requires.
So does deciding for whom to vote based on image rather than issue indicate that the average American voter is shallow? Shapiro does not find this troubling. (And this is the lesson of this post:) He contends that when the public vote based on image, they are voting largely based on the candidate's character. The most important attribute for a president, it can be argued, is the character of the man (or woman) who will be the most powerful person in the world.
So, should we apply this concept to the individual, we could conclude that when one projects a less-than-great image, they are actually demonstrating their character flaws. Such a person should not be calling his PR firm. He should be thinking about remedying his character.
There's much else of interest in the book - it begins with a discussion of the "boots vs. suits" candidate divides, and draws on fascinating snippets of American history to develop its thesis. It even makes an attempt at rating the 2008 candidates' image quotient. But the book suffers from choppy writing and has many redundancies. (It gives the feeling that each chapter was originally an individual magazine article, which were all combined - without editing - to produce this book.) On the whole, though, this book gives much food for thought in an entertaining and engaging package. Worth reading.



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