Thought of
the week.

THOUGHT OF THE WEEK – March 18, 2022

By Asher Gottesman

This week is the holiday of Purim, which in some ways is similar to Halloween in that we dress up in costumes and wear masks. I believe the reason for the mask and costume, on a superficial level, is that dressing up is fun and the holiday is about fun…

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THOUGHT OF THE WEEK – March 11, 2002

By Asher Gottesman

Depression, addiction, compulsions, anxiety, overeating… I have so often heard, “why can’t people have willpower, why can’t they just stop, why can’t they be happy, how selfish is it to kill oneself, get over yourself, what is wrong with you, go get help, and so on and so forth. Let…

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THOUGHT OF THE WEEK – March 3, 2022

By Asher Gottesman

There is a story said about the great sage, the Baal Shem Tov, who was one of the founders of spiritual Judaism. The Rabbi was asked, “Would you be trusted with 1 million rubles in cash to guard and watch, if it were untraceable and no one would know if…

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THOUGHT OF THE WEEK – February 25, 2022

By Asher Gottesman

The war in Ukraine is at the top of all our minds, and at least for myself, I’m thinking of the financial implications that uncertainty brings. Truthfully, this brings me a bit of shame; there are people hiding and fearing for their lives, and I’m worried about the economy and…

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THOUGHT OF THE WEEK – February 18, 2022

By Asher Gottesman

I had a really nice conversation with a thoughtful young man today, and I asked him if he believed in God, to which he answered yes. I then asked if he prayed, and he said he used to and that it felt good to pray, yet he felt he either…

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THOUGHT OF THE WEEK – February 11, 2022

By Asher Gottesman

Morality; how do you define it and what would be the basic tenets for creating a moral and just society? Personally, I choose to put God at the top of my list. Yet, even if you don’t, I see each and every one of us as part of God, created…

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THOUGHT OF THE WEEK – February 4, 2022

By Asher Gottesman

My daughter asked me a question this week that was extremely thought provoking and thoughtful. She asked, “if God is truly infinite and all-knowing, firstly, how do we as humans have freedom of choice? Secondly, and let’s assume we can answer question one— if we are a sum of our…

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THOUGHT OF THE WEEK – January 28, 2022

By Asher Gottesman

Morality, in Jonathan Haidt’s phrase, both binds and blinds. It binds us to others in a bond of reciprocal altruism. But it also blinds us to the humanity of those who stand outside that bond. It unites and divides. It divides because it unites. Morality turns the “I” of self…

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THOUGHT OF THE WEEK – January 21, 2022

By Asher Gottesman

I’d suggest that the Ten Commandments are somewhat universal for every monotheistic religion, and have the basic tenets that make up a just and moral society. To me, the final commandment at first seems a little out of place, yet upon further and deeper thought, it’s probably the most important…

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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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