In Dallas, recently, I visited the Texas School Book Depository, the building from where U.S. president John F. Kennedy was shot, and which is now a museum marking that tragic 1963 event.
The Americans, unfortunately, suffer from many gun-inflicted tragedies, including the recent mass murders at Parkland High School in Florida and Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, but, sadly, they seem unable to alter their laws, policies and attitudes towards guns. They are excellent, though, at honouring their heroes and the Kennedy museum is no exception. While there, I reflected on Kennedy’s famous “Ask not what your country can do for you” speech, and how relevant it was to me as I contemplate the end of my term as chair of the Jewish Federation of Ottawa. [Read more…]