“Hospitality means the world” and other bold quotes of the week

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“So what if someone comes to the door? Yes, I will do the same type of visual scan that I did. And I assume I want them there even if they don’t look like the stereotypical person that will walk into a Jewish synagogue. Whether they are Jewish… or non-Jewish and perhaps new to Judaism, or just want to see what constitutes a Jewish service because they are curious and they ask, will I fit in? And I want them to know that they will belong. Hospitality means the world.” — Community of Beth Israel Rabbi Charlie Cytron-Walker, after being taken hostage by a stranger, had invited into the synagogue and served tea. Cytron-Walker led the group to escape and the man was killed by law enforcement. (Thursday, NPR)

“My father enlisted in the Navy as an American to fight in World War II. He was 15 years old! WE ARE AMERICANS! #Mitchplease” — Rosalind Chapman, one of hundreds of black people who have posted photos of themselves or loved ones confirming their American citizenship, in response to Senator Mitch McConnell, who, when asked about voting rights protections for people of color, said: “Well, the concern is out of place because if you look at the stats, African American voters vote the same percentage as Americans.” (Thursday, Twitter)

“If you are interested in making housing affordable, You should be interested in immigration reform.” — Phil Crone, executive director of the Dallas Builders Association, on the lack of skilled construction workers to meet housing needs. (Thursday, The Dallas Morning News)

“It’s great when we have power plants that are winterized and can withstand cold temperatures, but if our gas system can’t take it, we’ll just have a bunch of power plants without fuel. We didn’t have the time or pressure to really fix the fuel side of things.” — University of Texas energy researcher Joshua Rhodes (Friday, The Dallas Morning News)

air cold” — WFAA meteorologist Jesse Hawila with detailed weather analysis (Thursday, Twitter)

“Beijing is finding it increasingly difficult to defend its Covid-zero policy. The costs escalate so much that they start blaming not only local officials but foreigners as well — it is never the fault of the central politicians.” — Lynette H. Ong, Professor of Political Science at the University of Toronto (Friday, The New York Times)

“I asked Wharton students what they thought the average American worker makes per year, and 25% of them thought it was more than six figures. One of them thought it was $800,000. I’m really not sure what to make of this (Actual figure is $45,000)” — Nina Strohminger, Professor of Law and Business Ethics at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton Business School (Wednesday, Twitter)

“If you don’t do anything in the postseason, then you’re really at the end of the day no different than the Jacksonville Jaguars or the New York Jets that didn’t get in.” — Former Cowboys quarterback and Fox broadcaster Troy Aikman on the Cowboys’ season. (Thursday, The Dallas Morning News)

“A great discovery for me was listening to The Ramones and hearing and realizing the beautiful sound of Joey Ramone I didn’t have to be that rock ‘n’ roll singer. But I’ve only recently become a singer. Maybe for some people it hasn’t happened yet, and I understand that.” — Bono, who said he doesn’t like his voice on early U2 songs. Sounds like he still hasn’t found what he’s looking for. (Tuesday, People)

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