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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

Mesorah (Jewish stuff)

Senselessness and Comfort

After what happened this week to that poor little boy, I, and many people that I know, are feeling frustrated and saddened by the senselessness and horror. These past couple of days I’ve felt guilty for making a small joke, or playing with my boys, or being frustrated by their normal antics.  How is it… Continue reading Senselessness and Comfort

Torah Tuesdays

Torah Tuesdays: the downfall of our enemies

It is, of course, old news now that Osama bin Laden was killed.  After seeing the rumors fly around on Facebook statuses (stati?), I confirmed the news on Cnn.com. My initial response was to be relieved that he will no longer be able to do evil, but to not be overly public about my feelings. … Continue reading Torah Tuesdays: the downfall of our enemies