Thought of
the week.

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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THOUGHT OF THE WEEK – August 14, 2020

By Asher Gottesman

Sometimes, the simplest epiphanies are the ones that have the most massive impact on us. And sometimes, these insights and realizations are centered around something we already know, yet thus far have chosen not to practice. When we experience these epiphanies, and set out to put our realizations into play, these…

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THOUGHT OF THE WEEK – August 7, 2020

By Asher Gottesman

I have been reflecting on a conversation I recently had with a friend of mine, who suffered the terrible, unthinkable misfortune of losing a child to cancer. This friend endured a massive, life-changing loss, yet they still always seem to be happy and upbeat, despite their misfortune.   I was…

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THOUGHT OF THE WEEK – July 31, 2020

By Asher Gottesman

“We need to develop a conscience that does not permit us to wrong, harm or hurt someone even if the rules permit us to do so. The moral life is an infinite game which cannot be reduced to rules. We need to learn and internalize a sense of ‘the right and the good.”…

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THOUGHT OF THE WEEK – July 24, 2020

By Asher Gottesman

If we wish to live in harmony within our world, it is absolutely paramount that we reach a point of making peace with our dark selves. In my life, it has been a recurring negative self-appraisal— or might I say, a nightmare— that I have what I choose to call…

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THOUGHT OF THE WEEK – July 17, 2020

By Asher Gottesman

It is undeniably important that we seek to practice empathy and kindness for others and their struggles, yet at what point does empathy become toxic, and kindness become inappropriate? On that note, we all want to make the people around us happy, but how do we know if we are…

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