- At 19, Joey Riklis of Cleveland Ohio, was bored. Born to wealthy parents Joey had just about everything he wanted, yet he was depressed. His mother had recently died, and he did not always agree with his father, a Holocaust survivor who clung tightly to his Jewish traditions and religious rituals. Joey decided to go to India to find himself. He told his father that he had broken with his religion. He disowned Joey. Greatly saddened Joey went to India travelling from guru to guru. Six years passed. One day Joey met a former classmate by accident in Bombay. They talked for awhile and then the friend told Joey how sorry he was to hear about Joey’s father’s death from a heart attack. Shocked Joey couldn’t believe what he was hearing. “I always planned to make up with him. He died from a broken heart.” Joey immediately left India for Israel. He desperately wanted to pray. Following directions to the Wailing Wall, Joey bought a prayer book and borrowed a yarmulke and began to pray. He poured out his heart to God and begged his father’s forgiveness. Then he wrote his petition on a scrap of paper and looked for a place to insert it into the wall. It took him an hour to find an empty place to leave his petition. As he pressed it in, a small piece of paper fell out. He began to read it. “My Dear Son Joey. If you ever should happen to come to Israel and somehow miraculously find this note, this is what I want you to know: I always loved you, even when you hurt me, and I will never stop loving you. You are, and always will be my beloved son. And please Joey, know that I forgive you for everything and only hope that you will forgive a foolish old man. Your Dad. Adam Riklis” It has been more than three years since then. Joey has returned to his religion and is studying to be a rabbi...
- ("The venerable Sir Isaac Newton, mathematician, physicist, astronomer, author of much that we know as modern science, was also much less than modern in that he was attracted to the ancient belief in alchemy...")