Hard to believe it is 16 years. Just under 3,000 people lost their lives that day. I personally lost 658 friends and co-workers on that day. Only through the Grace of God am I around today.

I spoke to a group of High School students this morning and the oldest one in the room was just a year old when 9/11 happened. Like the Korean war for me, to them, it is just another page in the history books.

They don’t realize that the entire world changed that day. For these kids, life today is normal. It is normal to have security guards in the schools. It is normal that I have to take off my shoes in order to board a plane. It is normal that I have to walk through a metal detector to board a plane or to go to a ballgame or walk into many public places. “If you see something, say something” is normal.

It is unfortunate that kids growing up today live in such a “normal” society. The United States is the greatest country on the face of the planet and yet this is our “normal”.

I pray that the words of the prophet Isaiah will soon ring true: “they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.”

May peace reign speedily in our days. Amen.

Her hair up in a pony tail, her favorite dress tied with a bow
Today was Daddy’s Day at school, and she couldn’t wait to go.

But her mommy tried to tell her, that she probably should stay home
Why the kids might not understand, if she went to school alone.

But she was not afraid; she knew just what to say
What to tell her classmates, on the Daddy’s Day.

But still her mommy worried, for her to face this day alone
And that was why once again, she tried to keep her daughter home.

But the little girl went to school, eager to tell them all
About a dad she never sees, a dad who never calls.

There were daddies along the wall in back for everyone to meet
Children squirming impatiently, anxious in their seats.

One by one the teacher called, a student from the class
to introduce their daddy as seconds slowly passed.

At last the teacher called her name, every child turned to stare
Each of them were searching, for a man who wasn’t there.

“Where’s her daddy at?” she heard a boy call out
“She probably doesn’t have one,” another student dared to shout.

And from somewhere near the back, she heard a daddy say
“Looks like another deadbeat dad, too busy to waste his day.”

The words did not offend her, as she smiled at her friends
And looked back at her teacher who told her to begin.

And with hands behind her back, slowly she began to speak
and out from the mouth of a child, came words incredibly unique.

“My Daddy couldn’t be here, because he lives so far away.
But I know he wishes he could be with me on this day.”

“And though you cannot meet him, I wanted you to know
All about my Daddy, And how much he loves me so.”

“He loved to tell me stories, he taught me to ride my bike.
He surprised me with pink roses and taught me to fly a kite.”

“We used to share fudge sundaes, and ice cream in a cone.
and though you cannot see him, I’m not standing here alone.”

“Cause my Daddy’s always with me, even though we are far apart.
I know because he told me, he’ll forever be here in my heart.”

With that her little hand reached up, and lay across her chest
Feeling her own heartbeat, beneath her favorite dress.

And from some where in the crowd of dads, her mother stood in tears
Proudly watching her daughter, who was wise beyond her years.

For she stood up for the love, of a man not in her life
doing what was best for her, doing what was right.

And when she dropped her hand back down, staring straight into the crowd
She finished with a voice so soft but its message clear and loud.

“I love my Daddy very much, he’s my shining star,
and if he could, he’d be here but heavens much to far.”

“but sometimes when I close my eyes, it’s like he never went away.”
And then she closed her eyes, and she saw him there that day.

And to her mother’s amazement she witnessed with surprise
A room full of Daddies and Children all starting to close their eyes.

Who knows what they saw before them, who knows what they felt inside
Perhaps for merely a second they saw him at her side.

“I know you’re with me Daddy,” to the silence she called out
And what happened next made believers, of those once filled with doubt

Not one in that room could explain it for each of their eyes had been closed
but there placed on her desk was a beautiful pink rose.

And a child was blessed, if only a moment, by the love her shining bright star
and given the gift of believing that Heaven is never too far.

For all the children that have lost their Daddy or Mommy in the
tragedy of 9-11. Always remember they will be in your hearts.

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What an incredible experience. 200+ people in the room. They were laughing and crying at the same time. Many of them came over to me afterwards and said that they were definitely going to make a change in their lives. One guy came over to me and said that I was among the top 3 speakers that he ever heard. Guess who the other two were? Rabbi Lau of holocaust fame and Bibi Netanyahu, Prime Minister of Israel. Wow, what company to be associated with.

I stayed with Ari and Gillit Katz of Detroit and they were absolutely wonderful people. I only brought ten books with me because I was traveling very light and they were gone in a heartbeat.

What a great way to go into the weekend.

Next up, addressing a group of 100 interns next week. So excited.

Keep following me to find out where I will be speaking next.

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I had the opportunity to speak to a group from the Forum for Jewish Leadership or FJL. There were about 40-50 young adults from the UK and they were visiting the States. It was an incredible experience for all concerned. They were soaking up every word and I was thriving on their attentiveness.

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After the talk there was a 15 minute Q&A and some of the questions were amazing.

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This is a quote from Ben T. who was leading the group:

”I have spent the last few days with the group now and the feedback from your talk has been incredible.  Student after student saying it was the best talk of the trip and was deeply moving and inspiring. Thanks so much again for making time.”

Up next, Detroit on July 28th.

I’m pleased to announce that I have just finished the second printing of my book, Miracles and Fate on 78. It is available as a hardcover and also in eBook format through my new website. The hardcover design was done by James Iacobelli from Harper Collins. You’ll notice the detail of the light shining on the 78th floor in the silhouette of Tower One, which was a special touch. The jacket looks really fantastic.

Thanks so much to everyone for your encouragement over the years, I couldn’t have done this without your support!

Newsweek 911 Cover

 Except for the place where they died, Bill Feehan and Mohamed Atta would seem to have had absolutely nothing in common. Feehan rescued people; Atta killed them. As a lifelong firefighter who rose to become first deputy commissioner of the New York City Fire Department, Feehan was directly or indirectly responsible for saving thousands of lives. As a suicidal terrorist who flew American Airlines Flight 11 into the North Tower of the World Trade Center, Atta murdered thousands, including Bill Feehan, who was helping a woman at the base of the North Tower when the building collapsed on him. Any suggestion of moral equivalence between the two men is repugnant. And yet, it must be said, both believed in the rightness of their causes with absolute certainty. It might be more comforting to think that Atta was stark raving mad, but true madmen, who are usually dysfunctional, don’t work with Atta’s calm purpose. No one wants to think that even a seminormal human being–indeed, nearly a score of them–could do what the terrorists did on September 11. In a world of moral relativism, we prefer psychological explanations; no one wishes to stare directly into the face of evil.

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