"When I was a boy and and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, "Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping." To this day, especially in times of disaster, I remember my mother's words, and I am comforted in realzing that there are still so many helpers, so many caring people in this world."
"We live in a world in which we need to share responsibility. It's easy to say "It's not my child, not my community, not my world, not my problem." Then there are those that see a need and respond. I consider those people my heroes."
"It's very dramatic when two people come together to work something out. It's easy to take a gun and annihilate your opposition. but what is really exciting to me is to see people with differing views come together and finally respect each other."
Keyn Y'hi Ratzon.
Mark Novak is a "free-range" rabbi who lives in Washington DC and works, well, just about everywhere. In 2012 he founded Minyan Oneg Shabbat, home to MOSH (Minyan Oneg Shabbat), MindfulMOSH (Jewish mindfulness gathering), and