Author Archives: David Kerendian

We, Again, Are Left Heartbroken; May Their Memories Be A Blessing

From March 22 to April 7, 2022, fourteen innocent civilians were murdered. Twenty-eight parents will live the rest of their lives without ever hugging their child again. Fifteen children will grow up without their biological parent. Fifty-six grandparents won’t see their grandchild sitting at the dinner table on holiday nights again. Three wives and two husbands will never get to

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réalité peu romantique

The cool, crisp air lingers throughout the sunshine-filled pasture.The calm lull of fat cows wafts across the Lilly-filled hills.The majestically-colored pedals flow along crystal-clear streams.The waterlily. The ferns. The deep, rich smell of early spring.I stare at my computer.I shut it off, get into my stone-cold bed, and go to sleep.

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“Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.”

Expensive shoes forced on my vagabond feet Drag me on their own pilgrimage.  Royal clothing shield my longing heart From the people whom hold my friendship.  Free me. Free my soul. Free my path. Release me to my people. 

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If you prick us do we not bleed? A shakespearean take on the the logical fallacies of anti-semitism

In response to recent anti-Semitic incidents that have taken place in major cities across the globe, including New York, London, Paris, Jerusalem, and my hometown of Los Angeles, a quote from a 16th-century play by William Shakespeare comes to mind. In the first scene of the third act of Shakespeare’s play, The Merchant of Venice, Shakespeare conveyed an unprecedented message

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A conversation with dr. presbi: Fiber-optics, intelligent Design, and the big bang

This past Thursday, May 13, 2021, Valley Torah students gathered in the outdoor Beis Midrash tent for a talk with world-renowned physicist Dr. Chaim Presby regarding an array of topics ranging from his work with fiber-optics to his viewpoint on macroevolution and intelligent design. Dr. Presby is a senior lecturer for outreach programs associated with Gateways and has been a

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Chesed club hosts Gift of Life Marrow Registry to help cure blood cancer

Amid an unprecedented hiatus in its group activity, the Valley Torah Chesed Club has decided to end off this disaster-trotted year with as many community service projects as possible- and remarkable ones too. The National Foundation for Cancer Research reports that approximately one person is diagnosed with blood cancer every 3 minutes, just in the United States. In 2020 alone, an estimated

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Let there be light- or independence? – What happened in Texas and why

People wait in line to fill propane tanks, in Houston. Image Credit: AP On February 16 and 17, 2021, millions of people living in the state of Texas were affected by aberrant, statewide power outages and were left stranded with no connection to electricity. Texans had no source of heat amid unbearably frigid temperatures. Many tragically died of carbon monoxide

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The ENVIRONMENTAL Damage Plastic water bottles cause and how Valley Torah’s E.A.C. is addressing it

For over the past 50 years, the world has been facing an enduring ecological crisis. Plastic waste is polluting the world’s oceans, rivers, and streams, leaking toxins and harmful materials into the water we, and so many other species, drink. Once in marine environments, littered plastics often absorb chemical pollutants and become storehouses for toxic materials. Aquatic animals usually consume

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