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What Constitutes Evil?

Regarding, “Heartbreak,” (Nov. 1, page 12), in Avot (Chapter 1, verse 7), the Talmud says, “Do not cleave to a wicked person.” Evil people may be charming but being close to them makes it much more likely you will commit bad acts yourself, as your inclinations to avoid trouble have already been overcome.

What is evil? My nonpartisan definition is: Being dishonest on a regular basis. Promoting hatred, prejudice or violence. Taking away the rights of others, even if you believe you are helping them. Using one’s position in government or the nonprofit world to enrich oneself. Promoting policies that benefit the rich and powerful at the expense of the rest of society. Supporting people or policies that do the above.

Nat Pernick, M.D
Bingham Farms

Thank You from NCJW | MI

We would like to thank the community for their support of the National Council of Jewish Women, Michigan’s (NCJW | MI) Women of Vision Benefit Luncheon held on Oct. 11, 2018, (Oct. 25, page 12). We were honored to have Cecile Richards, former president of Planned Parenthood as our keynote speaker, who recognized NCJW | MI’s commitment to advocacy and social justice. As Ms. Richards pointed out, we must continue to stand up and speak out for those whose voices need to be heard. We also honored two outstanding members of the community: Cathy Cantor, who received the Josephine S. Weiner Award for Community Service and Monni Must, who received the Woman of Vision Award.

The funds raised at the event will help to continue the important work done by NCJW | MI such as our Backpack Project, Kosher Meals on Wheels, Project Friendship, Jewish Youth Awards, All Kids Playground, Back 2 School Store, Bereavement Support Groups as well as our advocacy efforts both locally and nationally.

To learn more about NCJW | MI, visit

Jennifer LoPatin, West Bloomfield
Sandi Matz, Franklin
Co-Presidents NCJW | MI