Thought of
the week.

THOUGHT OF THE WEEK – January 14, 2022

By Asher Gottesman

The Torah describes two types of enemies, one of which we are commanded to eradicate and never forget, the other we must tell the story of, yet we must find compassion for their suffering. The first enemy is Amalek, and the second enemy are the Egyptians. The Egyptians were drowning…

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THOUGHT OF THE WEEK – January 7, 2022

By Asher Gottesman

Forget the story of freedom and you will eventually lose freedom itself. The Jewish people have been storytellers from the earliest of times. In fact, Moses instructed the Jewish people during their exodus from Egypt to make sure they told the story to their children and their children’s children, forever…

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THOUGHT OF THE WEEK – December 31, 2021

By Asher Gottesman

Are you capable of becoming a thief? For that matter, are you capable of breaking your own moral code? As someone in recovery who has the privilege of working with others in recovery, the answer to the above question is a resounding yes. I have known amazing people who would…

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THOUGHT OF THE WEEK – December 24, 2021

By Asher Gottesman

How do we honor other religions? How do we honor holidays we don’t celebrate? And for that matter, how do we treat others when they embarrass us? I have shared this story recently, yet due to the holiday of Christmas tomorrow, I find it so apropo to share it now,…

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THOUGHT OF THE WEEK – December 17, 2021

By Asher Gottesman

When is it okay to lie? Or for that matter, is it ever really okay to lie? In the Torah, we see that Joseph’s brothers lied to him when asking for forgiveness. They told him that their father’s dying wish was for Joseph to forgive his brothers for the horrible…

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THOUGHT OF THE WEEK – December 10, 2021

By Asher Gottesman

Where do you think the essence of forgiveness comes from? And to add to that question, do you believe people can truly change? Changing is one of the hardest things in the world. Yet, I believe it’s possible and it happens all the time; the key is really knowing oneself…

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THOUGHT OF THE WEEK – December 3, 2021

By Asher Gottesman

Right now, we are celebrating the holiday of lights: Chanukah, a festival where we commemorate the miracle of the last remaining holy jug of oil that was supposed to last for one day, and ended up lasting for eight days. Additionally, we are celebrating the miracle of the many falling…

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THOUGHT OF THE WEEK – November 26, 2021

By Asher Gottesman

I sit here, staring at a wall that has been the scene of generations of disagreement, war, dispute, hurt, harm, anger, despair, tears, and sadness. I sit here, in front of a wall that has been the scene of celebration, hope, love, happiness, appreciation, and gratitude. It’s the Western Wall…

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THOUGHT OF THE WEEK – November 19, 2021

By Asher Gottesman

I’m experiencing a sort of existential crisis, and I would love your feedback and opinions, as I believe this is something that affects all of us. I’m blessed with the privilege of helping people help themselves. This is typically easy, as I know I’m not in charge, and I make…

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THOUGHT OF THE WEEK – November 12, 2021

By Asher Gottesman

To me, love is the most powerful of all emotions. Love can be dangerous and love can be beautiful– yet love alone isn’t always enough. So often when my children are in pain–whether from a medical procedure that must be done, or from schoolwork that feels overwhelming– I want to…

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