"Few are those who wish to be endowed with virtue rather than to seem so. (The short version translation is, "To be, rather than to seem." )
In Yiddish, it can be boiled down to a single word: Mensch. For anyone unfamiliar with the word, a mensch is a kind, decent and reliable person, sensitive to other people's needs and seeking ways out to help them. In Judaism, to call someone a mensch is one of the highest compliments that can be given.
In me, you will find a man of character whose principles don't change with the prevailing whims of popularity. Whose visage reflects all that's been taken in over the years; filled with gratitude to those who have had a role in that process, including the hurts and healing. All have brought me to this place and time and I give thanks, because those people and events aided me growing to know, like and most important, love the person I am and have yet to become and to be.Three Talmudic instructions guide me:
* Tikkun Olam: Repair and heal the world
* Tzedek, tzedek tirdorf: Righteousness, righteousness shall ye seek
* Tza'ar Ba'alei Chaim: Acknowledge and prevent the suffering of living creatures, people or animals, for deliberately causing others pain darkens our souls.
The best way to describe myself is, I am rife with colorful yet positive contradictions. My nuances make the simple, complex; in short, a "Regular Joe."