Thought of
the week.

THOUGHT OF WEEK – January 1, 2021

By Asher Gottesman

Surely, this year has been a hard year for most. For some people, however, they have managed to find the silver lining– or may I dare say– the gold lining. With the radical change in circumstances that have befallen us all this past year, people have been forced to be…

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THOUGHT OF THE WEEK – December 25, 2020

By Asher Gottesman

“A leader is one who, though they may stumble and fall, arises more honest, humble, and courageous than they were before.” There is a saying in the Torah: “In the place where someone who has repented stands– not even the holiest of men can stand there.” To have sinned, to…

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THOUGHT OF THE WEEK – December 18, 2020

By Asher Gottesman

Lately, COVID has really started to get to me. In truth, the challenges I’ve experienced have left me both restless, and sleepless. I used to meditate quite a bit. Yet, as of late, I have forgotten to–or more so– have elected not to. Today though, I decided that ‘enough is…

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THOUGHT OF THE WEEK – December 11, 2020

By Asher Gottesman

This week, I had one of the greatest joys happen for me. My eldest daughter gave birth to a beautiful baby boy. Holding this child gives me greater joy than I could ever possibly imagine. For me, the struggle lies in combating the fear of my responsibility toward this child.…

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THOUGHT OF THE WEEK – DECEMBER 4, 2020

By Asher Gottesman

I am super grateful that jealousy has never been an issue for me. I define jealousy as, “I want what you have, which in turn, means that I don’t want you to have it”. I believe that God is unlimited– truly infinite– so it is not a zero-sum game to…

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THOUGHT OF THE WEEK – November 27, 2020

By Asher Gottesman

Today is Thanksgiving: a day of gratitude, and a day of thanks for all of the gifts we have, and that we continue to receive. For those who do not have, those who are hungry, those with sick children, relatives, and family– all those who are suffering– what do they…

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THOUGHT OF THE WEEK – November 20, 2020

By Asher Gottesman

A few weeks ago, Rabbi Jonathan Sachs passed away. For years, I have religiously read his thoughts, and listened to his speeches; his command of the room, choice of language, and most important to me– his ability to speak to all human beings across all faiths, made him a person…

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THOUGHT OF THE WEEK – November 13, 2020

By Asher Gottesman

At my son’s bar mitzvah, I told my father that I struggled with Judaism, and therefore, did not want to be a devout religious man like he was; I also told him that I did not want to not be like him, just in case he was right. Little did…

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THOUGHT OF THE WEEK – November 6, 2020

By Asher Gottesman

In my personal opinion, God is either everything, or God is nothing. However, at least in my life, I have been known to pick and choose when I have faith, and when I do not. Instead of praying for God’s will for me, I pray for wealth, success, recognition, and…

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THOUGHT OF THE WEEK – October 30, 2020

By Asher Gottesman

I have been struggling with a question this week, and especially with the upcoming election, it has been playing very loudly for me: How do I act, when my personal interests are not aligned with the greater good? For example, as a Jew, do I vote with my allegiance to…

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