Monthly Archives: October 2010

We are guilty

The Day of Atonement. Or as we call it – Yom Kippur. The rabbi gave one of those build-up type speeches where you’re waiting for the punch line. He talked about all of the things we do wrong that we’re … Continue reading

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Recognition

Well, it happened. My 14 month old grandson recognized me. He went up to me and raised his hands for me to pick him up and then he looked at me and it was a look that said “I know … Continue reading

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Help comes in mysterious ways

Having the unexpected luxury of free time in the middle of the day I decided to go food shopping in the shuk. The shuk is the Jerusalem market where one can find an infinite variety of fresh fruits and vegetables … Continue reading

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What makes an “inspirational speaker” inspirational?

I’m not like most people. Everyone flocks to hear inspirational speakers. I’m annoyed by them. I had forgotten this fact when I went last night to hear a man dubbed as an “inspirational speaker.” He told his story, the story … Continue reading

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Life can pass you by

A woman I once met – a friend of a friend – never got married. She looked to me about forty-something. She didn’t divulge her age but what she told me about her single status was curious. She said: “I … Continue reading

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Observing a good educator

One of the things I do in my life is to tutor in a women’s seminary in Jerusalem. They spend roughly two hours studying in pairs to prepare the material and one hour in class. My job is to assist … Continue reading

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Writing the talk

Rabbi David Aaron, an author whose books I love once said that when people read his books they say it doesn’t sound like he’s writing. It sounds like he’s just talking. He answered them, “That’s because I am talking. Someone … Continue reading

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