Monthly Archives: January 2011

Humans hear; animals fear

Frankl says, ‚ÄúConscience could be defined as the intuitive capacity of man to find out the meaning of a situation (Will to Meaning, p. 63). Meaning is the opportunity/challenge/demand/invitation/requirement/call/question life asks (pick the word you prefer) for a unique individual … Continue reading

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Voice of conscience or superego

The crux of what sets the voice of conscience apart from superego is its transcendent origin. What does this “voice” say? What is its significance? What is the result of listening to it? The voice of conscience is comes from … Continue reading

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The art of gift-giving

If you want to give someone a gift is it important that the person know about it? Why or why not? In the book Ein Aya Rabbi Yitzchak HaCohen Kook focuses on explaining the Talmudic ambivalence over whether or not … Continue reading

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Being there

Today I had an epiphany. Responsibility is a result of choice and choice is a direct function of not knowing! How did I come to this, why is it so exciting to me and what the heck am I talking … Continue reading

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A tapestry

Sometimes a person will say “I may be wrong but…” Expressing an opinion is a frightening thing. We can’t both be right. Therefore either I’m right and that puts me into the threatening position of having to prove myself right … Continue reading

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Avoiding the irritation build-up

To continue yesterday’s post with a personal experience: One of my kids made herself something to eat and didn’t clean up the dishes and frying pan. The accumulation of dishes in the sink is one of those things that I … Continue reading

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Nip it in the bud

We all get into situations we would rather have not gotten ourselves into. Although every person has different challenges the process is similar for everyone. There is something toxic for us that will lead to depression or something tempting that … Continue reading

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The meaning of you

Logotherapy doesn’t throw out all of the basic therapy skills yet it has a particular unique approach and quality to it. For example, when I want to help a person get in touch with her inner voice and other voices … Continue reading

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Talmud as mussar and synthesis vs. analysis

I believe that Talmud study can make one into a more refined, sensitive, moral, integrated person. Head knowledge can be transformed into heart knowledge. However, this won’t happen naturally. A deliberate process is required. My idea is not new. The … Continue reading

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Gratitude beyond words

There are two types of gratitude experiences. One is recognition of (and the flip side of not denying) kindness done to us. The other is acknowledgment of having received more than our due. The first, recognition of a kindness done … Continue reading

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