Making 2015 Better

I am just two weeks past the official time to make New Year's Resolutions and already so much has happened.Around the world there are terrorist attacks and genocides. There are hungry people and lost airplanes. There is political unrest and unwarranted injustice. There is trouble everywhere.And here I am wondering how to continue my conversion process and fit more Jewishness into my life.I wonder, how do I reconcile the absolute atrocities and violence around the world with my own … [Read more...]

Yom HaShoah 2014 – Lessons We Can All Learn

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This year, April 27th and 28th were when we participated in Yom HaShoah. It is the  day on the Jewish calendar marked specifically to remember the Shoah, also known as the Holocaust. The entirety of last week was also devoted to remembrance of the Shoah in the form of "Holocaust Remembrance Week".The Shoah was one large, terrible tragedy that made up the bigger tragedy that was the Second World War. The political, social, legal, scientific, and technological world shifted because of the a … [Read more...]

The Charter for Compassion

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One thing I love about the Jewish mindset is the lack of punishment-as-motivator. That is, we are to do things to make the world a better place, and to make ourselves better people. Not to avoid punishment or to gather "heavenly rewards".Tikkun Olam is the idea that our job is to "repair" creation. As if a mirror has shattered and it's our job to pick up all the pieces. The idea is that we have to literally DO something. The whole "I'll pray for you" isn't enough.While the below isn't a … [Read more...]


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