Raising children has to be one of the most difficult jobs we have on this earth, and while it can definitely be one of the most rewarding experiences, it can also be extremely devastating.  Last night, a family I know lost their child. You would be hard pressed to think of two more inclusive, kind,…

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In this week’s Torah portion, we speak of the story of Korach; Korach was a man who was truly great in many ways, but he was a man who lost his way when he decided to act against Moses.  I once heard a story from a famous Rabbi, who told me that his former reincarnation…

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Throughout my life, I have developed a fervent passion for the many causes that I feel are important, and like most people, I hold opinions about the countless issues that are plaguing both myself, and the world. Obviously, opinions do not necessarily always lead to action, and so I often question why I, and so…

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I was reading an article today about all of the times America has attempted to bring democracy to war-torn areas, only to fail in its efforts. Only after the fact— and after some collective introspection— have we been able to see that the people in these areas do not always want what we have. The…

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As human beings, it is crucial that we identify which of our many needs are most important and should take precedence. I believe that our two greatest needs in life are safety and connection, and while the identification of these two needs has been relatively simple for me, the question remains: How do we go…

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Our ability to justify and rationalize our actions is truly immense and at times, astounding. In my life, I have found that when I want to do something– or for that matter, when I want to find a way out of doing something– I am extremely capable of coming up with a story that justifies my behavior…

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Every night before I go to bed, I make sure to say a prayer for all those who have hurt me or I feel have done me wrong. I make it a practice to offer forgiveness to these people, and I ask God not to punish anyone on my behalf, as I do not want…

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Radical uncertainty is something that I have been really struggling with during the past 8 weeks. A huge part of my uncertainty derives from me not knowing what the future will hold: When we will reopen the economy? And, even when we do, what will it look like? As my uncertainty continues with no end…

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How do you manage and cope when your personal integrity is challenged? Personally, in certain circumstances where I am either accused of lying or withholding information, or of not keeping to my commitments, I thoroughly struggle with not taking it personally. Ultimately, my goal is to see my part– to repair when I have erred–…

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Over the years, I have often wondered what transpires for us in the afterlife. What do we bring with us? What does the almighty truly care about and value? What accomplishments of ours are deemed most important? During this period of crisis, many people have had near-death experiences. I have been thinking  that if I…

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