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Rabbi Shimon’s Good Advice

“Man should rather jump into a fiery furnace than offend another in public.” -Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai Today is Lag B’Omer. Bonfires, bows and arrows, music (MUSIC!), haircuts, weddings, celebration. This is the day that the students of Rabbi Akiva stopped dying in the plague. Today is the yahrzeit of the Rashbi, Rabbi Shimon Bar… Continue reading Rabbi Shimon’s Good Advice

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The Power Of Positive Thinking

טראַכטן גוט וועט זיין גוט This quote by the chassidic master Rabbi Menachem Mendel of Lubavitch (1789–1866) is catchy, but I always found I had some pushback to it. Think good and it will be good? Isn’t that a little simplistic? A little unrealistic? Does it not deny the actual negative feelings and experiences a… Continue reading The Power Of Positive Thinking

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Fail To Plan, Plan To Fail

“One who exerts himself on Erev Shabbos will be able to eat on Shabbos. But if not, what will he eat?” (Avodah Zara 3a, Rashi) Every week, we make Shabbos. We’re supposed to plan for it the whole week long, in some small way each day. Washing the tablecloth, the napkins, planning a menu, shopping, making the food.… Continue reading Fail To Plan, Plan To Fail

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Difficulty and Opportunity

Every life is full of difficult moments and less difficult moments. We tend to remember the hard times, the disappointments, the embarrassments. They loom large in our memories. That’s normal. But when I look back at those hard times, the ones where I cried so hard and thought that things would never get better, that… Continue reading Difficulty and Opportunity

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Forty ’til I’m forty

Time waits for no man. Or woman. I’ve been acutely aware of the approach of a milestone birthday, watching it get closer, year after year. I’ve been so busy lately, what with the pandemic and all, that I found that my birthday is right around the corner. Forty days away, to be exact. Now, doesn’t… Continue reading Forty ’til I’m forty