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"I would hurl words into the darkness and wait for an echo. If an echo sounded, no matter how faintly, I would send other words to tell, to march, to fight." Richard Wright, American Hunger

Archive for the day “February 2, 2011”

FINCA 2 starring Natalie Portman

I’m not much into celebrities. I can watch a movie and tell people afterwards how amazing it was and when they ask who the actors were, I don’t remember.

I want to be rich, I fantasize more about how I would use the money to promote the causes that are important to me than sweating over which car I would want or where to go for a vacation.

But sometimes I wonder if I would just get carried away like the protagonist in John Grisham’s King of Torts. Well, one person who has stayed grounded is Natalie Portman and her value promoting FINCA is invaluable.

Truth is, I can’t tell you what movies Ms. Portman has starred in, but mention her name to me and I will tell you how much in awe I am of her. And it has nothing to do with her acting.


Alon Shalev is the author of The Accidental Activist (now available on Kindle) and A Gardener’s Tale. He is the Executive Director of the San Francisco Hillel Foundation, a non-profit that provides spiritual and social justice opportunities to Jewish students in the Bay Area. More on Alon Shalev at www.alonshalev.com


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