[Spoiler alert - Do not let your children who believe in Santa Claus read this post. I know my posts appeal heavily to ages 0-10] Like many American traditions, the legend of Santa Claus can be traced back to Dutch roots. Santa's name comes from the Dutch word Sinterklaas, or Sint Klaes. The European-originated Santa Claus … Continue reading The Really “Old” Saint Nick – St. Nicholas of Myra
What happens to an organization when it moves from the "grassroots" phase to becoming a conglomerate? And seemingly overnight? The term "conglomerate" can refer to business or geology. In business, a conglomerate is defined as "a corporation consisting of more than one previously unrelated industries or divisions that is usually the result of a merger … Continue reading The Definition of Extreme Poverty from John Chrysostom
He hated Christianity. He hated Judaism. He even hated the pagan religions. He thought all religion was without merit. The Roman Emperor Julian (emperor from AD 361-363), was also known as "the Apostate" because of his atheism. Despite his disdain for their religious traditions and practices, Julian was impressed with the way both Christians and … Continue reading Mishnah and Peah: What the Jews knew about the poor has been forgotten.