Thought of
the week.

THOUGHT OF THE WEEK – July 23, 2021

By Asher Gottesman

Gandhi famously said, “A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history”. Additionally, there is a Jewish quote that has had a huge impact on me: “Even if a knife is pointed at your neck, do not give up…

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THOUGHT OF THE WEEK – July 16, 2021

By Asher Gottesman

I started a new practice this week, and I’m curious about your feedback. I pray every day, and most of the time in my prayers, I ask God for sustenance, health, and wellbeing for my family. I pray for the pain and suffering to end; I pray for peace and…

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THOUGHT OF THE WEEK – July 9, 2021

By Asher Gottesman

When it comes to religious observance, dieting, sobriety, and exercise– at least in my life, I tend to go to extremes. I don’t have a middle ground, so I’m almost always either all in, or all out. However, I have found that in order for me to win the war–…

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THOUGHT OF THE WEEK – July2, 2021

By Asher Gottesman

I have been noticing in my personal life that there are certain habits that are so obvious to me—whether they be physical habits like eating and exercise, spiritual practices such as meditation and prayer, or personal commitments to speak kindly and respectfully and not engage in gossip. While these are…

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THOUGHT OF THE WEEK – June 25, 2021

By Asher Gottesman

Lately, I have been reflecting on the concept of loving others even when we can’t love ourselves–or alternatively, the inability to love others until we love ourselves. When I started my journey in recovery, if someone would have told me that one day I would really love myself, I would…

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THOUGHT OF THE WEEK – June 18, 2021

By Asher Gottesman

Is there a benefit to engaging in negative self-talk or negative self-judgement? I have said many times that if anyone were to talk to us the way we talk to ourselves, we’d most likely beat them up and then never speak to them again. This same thing applies with some…

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THOUGHT OF THE WEEK – June 11, 2021

By Asher Gottesman

“Sometimes the worst mistakes we make are when we project our feelings onto others” – Rabbi Jonathan Sacks Lately, I have been contemplating the breakdown in society and how radically separated we have all become, and I wonder what I can do to bring us closer together. How can I…

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THOUGHT OF THE WEEK – June 4, 2021

By Asher Gottesman

What is the difference between hope and optimism? I view optimism as believing in the positive outcome no matter what, which at least for me, is almost impossible to maintain all of the time. Hope, on the other hand, is the belief that together we can make it better, that…

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THOUGHT OF THE WEEK – May 28, 2021

By Asher Gottesman

I was reading an article by Rabbi Jonathan Sachs regarding the difference between power and influence recently; I was profoundly impacted by what I read, and would like to share the thought with you in my own words. Power is a ‘zero sum’ concept, in that if I give some…

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THOUGHT OF THE WEEK – May 21, 2021

By Asher Gottesman

Goethe warned that although, “hatred is active, and envy passive dislike; there is but one step from envy to hate”. Aeschylus said, “it is in the character of very few men to honor without envy a friend who has prospered”. I just read both of these quotes in an article…

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