Lawrence George Jaffe

Create Calm: A Commentary on War and Peace

Create Calm: A Commentary on War and Peace

Let us take a little journey with a deep dive into peace and calm and. As you may know, the word peace derives from the Latin word pax meaning, "tranquility, absence of war."
Celebrating the Resilience of Humanity

Celebrating the Resilience of Humanity

So after yet another evolution around the sun, Earth is still here and, despite the hate and violence, the love of humanity cannot be destroyed despite the best despicable efforts of some.
A Jew in a White Forest

A Jew in a White Forest

This is the year 5784. Imagine a group that could exist for such an extended period. Imagine a group could maintain itself and its members to a code of conduct, philosophy, and tradition for this length of time.
Making Calm Out of the Violence of Insanity

Making Calm Out of the Violence of Insanity

There is nothing like art to show truth and purpose. Art, especially music and poetry strike a universal chord. Art can be poignant, heartfelt, and even calming.
The Special Joys of Finding and Reconnecting Family

The Special Joys of Finding and Reconnecting Family

For some reason, several months ago (prior to the massacre) I decided I wanted to reach my family in Israel, and I don’t know what I expected. I had this inkling that I really must do this.
The Hamas War: What the Hell Happened?

The Hamas War: What the Hell Happened?

I am not going to try to or even attempt to explain or judge or anything. This was and is pure hell on earth and someone or something must pay for it.
Deciding to Be Different

Deciding to Be Different

There have been many positive movements in history, but somehow, we have to balance out and exceed the negative vibe on the planet and plan our own futures.
The Atonement Blues

The Atonement Blues

Atonement is not simply just recanting your transgressions but doing something about them. But what makes it even cooler is tracing back a definition that is obsolete. To atone meant to bring into unity, or harmony. It meant to create unity.
Welcome to Rosh Hoshana in the Year 5784

Welcome to Rosh Hoshana in the Year 5784

For those of you not familiar with the Jewish New Year, it is just what it is. Jews have been around for five thousand seven hundred eighty-four years and we ain’t going anywhere.