Thought of
the week.

THOUGHT OF THE WEEK – October 23, 2020

By Asher Gottesman

The basis for my thought this week is approximately 4,300 years old– yet, I feel that it is just as relevant and poignant today, as it was back then. In fact, this is a repeat of a thought of mine from 2 years ago, however, it is so important, and…

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THOUGHT OF THE WEEK – October 16, 2020

By Asher Gottesman

Lately, I have been grappling with the concept of difficult conversations. I want to make sure that I don’t hurt anyone, therefore how do I go about honoring myself, and honoring you at the same time? It is so much easier when the stakes are low. I can tell you…

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THOUGHT OF THE WEEK – October 9, 2020

By Asher Gottesman

After watching the most recent debates on television, I am so saddened by the state of our country, and really, by the state of the world as a whole. We are all so divided, with such strong feelings toward opposing positions and viewpoints, that it seems as though we are…

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THOUGHT OF THE WEEK – October 2, 2020

By Asher Gottesman

It always seems like bad things happen to good people, and good things happen to bad people. When we look at the world through this perspective, it can be especially hard for us to look at the world as a truly just place. Is the world a just place? I…

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THOUGHT OF THE WEEK – SEPTEMBER 25, 2020

By Asher Gottesman

In the past, I have mentioned to you that I have struggled with anxiety for some time now. This anxiety is uncomfortable to deal with— as I often feel tense, and there is also another major drawback to it, in that it often leads me to having a real lack…

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THOUGHT OF THE WEEK – SEPTEMBER 18, 2020

By Asher Gottesman

Rosh Hashana— the Jewish New Year, falls on this coming Friday evening, and has never had more meaning to me than it does this year. Traditionally, it has been taught to me that on the Jewish New Year, all that will happen in the coming year is decided, both for…

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THOUGHT OF THE WEEK – September 11, 2020

By Asher Gottesman

Yesterday evening, I had the opportunity to participate in a Native American sweat lodge, and it was truly an eye-opening experience. The ritual that the guide performed prior to us entering the lodge really reaffirmed for me the knowledge that we are all truly connected to one another. The Native…

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THOUGHT OF THE WEEK – August 4, 2020

By Asher Gottesman

Have you ever found that when someone is speaking to you– especially when their viewpoint is different than yours– while listening to them, you will immediately begin crafting your response? Rather than listening to what the other person is saying, and determining why they are saying it, we are often…

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THOUGHT OF THE WEEK – August 28, 2020

By Asher Gottesman

“Love is the highest of emotions. We are commanded to love God with all our heart, soul, and might. But it is also, in family contexts, fraught with danger. Love brings joy. It also brings tears. It brings some people close, but makes others feel distanced, rejected.” The wise words of…

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THOUGHT OF THE WEEK – August 21, 2020

By Asher Gottesman

Last week, I was taking an outdoor cycling class, and the instructor kept telling us to listen to the beat, and to do our best to stay on the same foot as one another. The instructor wasn’t so much interested in the choreography of what we were doing— he was…

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