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Time: The Eternal Challenge of the Everyday
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As if you could kill time without injuring eternity – Henry David Thoreau In a song recorded many years ago by the Rolling Stones, Mick Jagger warbles, “Time, time, time is on my side…” The sentiment is, or course, the attitude of youth. And arrogant youth at that. As we age and grow more insightful, it […]
The Treasure Within: Affliction and Grace
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Can there be grace in affliction? It seems odd to even pose the question. Affliction is, well, affliction. It is, by definition, unsettling, and agonizing. An affliction is not merely misfortune, for misfortune can land on any one of us at any time; misfortune and responding to it is woven into the fabric of being […]
“Good Enough” is Not Good Enough
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When is “good enough” good enough? There are a series of commercials that have been getting a great deal of play recently. Presenting several scenarios, the commercials question if “good enough” is an acceptable standard. Would you want “good enough” in a surgeon? A financial advisor? The obvious answer is, no. These ads remind us […]
This They Shall Give: Raising Others, and Ourselves
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The Noam Elimelech explains that money is like fire; it can be used to create, protect and nourish, or it can be used to harm and destroy. How to balance wealth, material beauty, comfort and desire with spirituality? How we manage our inherent materialism speaks to how we manage the fundamental tension between the physical […]
Teacher, Open Doors – Your Students Will Walk Through
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Ein yeiush ba’olam klal With the right approach, there is hope for every single Jew – Rebbe Nachman of Breslov A new teacher arrived at her first classroom to find a young boy by the door, looking despondent.  She asked him what the matter was. “It’s locked,” he said, glancing at the door dejectedly. The […]
The Music of the Spheres: Shirah and Meaning
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The hills are alive With the sound of music With songs they have sung For a thousand years The hills fill my heart With the sound of music My heart wants to sing ev’ry song it hears – Oscar Hammerstein II Call it history. Call it tradition. Call it mystery. Whatever it is called, the […]
When God Answers Prayer… Move Quickly!
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Two years earlier, Yosef had asked the butler to, “…remember him to Pharaoh…” For that one-time lapse, when he seemed to think that it wasn’t God who controlled his fate but rather a mere butler, Yosef was “punished” with an additional two years in that dark and awful prison. Now, after those additional years, he […]
Pachim Ketanim: Righteousness in a Disposable Culture
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Twenty long years after entering Lavan’s household, Yaakov is finally returning home to Eretz Yisrael. During that time with Lavan, he had grown in wealth and in life; he has wives, he has children. He is no longer a “young man”; he is a man. After crossing the Yaabok river, he is ready to confront […]