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Former Second Lieutenant Asher Lopatin, U.S. Army, describes his quest for “shared society” in Israel. John’s college roommate, Brigadier General Mark Clingan, USMC, also discusses his “work trip” to Israel, as well as his experiences in Europe, including Valentine’s Day in Dachau. After John bemoans getting older, Asher reminds him of the alternative, leading to a halachic discussion about grandparents and baby namings. We then contemplate why religious observance doesn’t always fix our moral compass, and how to avoid a heart of darkness.