Monthly Archives: February 2011

Needs and Doings

If I truly believe in God’s goodness, it will be perfectly clear to me that God does not shortchange anyone and I will know with certainty that with the powers that God gave me I can fully emerge as myself. … Continue reading

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Understanding despair

In order to be released from the weightiness of despair we have to first understand it. The following are off-the-page comments of my friend and myself during the study covered in yesterday’s post. Why are grief, inertia and despair the … Continue reading

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Accept what you cannot change; change what you should not accept

There is an old system (described by the well-known kabbalist Rabbi Chaim Vital) of assessing personality traits based on the four elements: Fire, wind, water and dust. Fire indicates traits relating to arrogance and rage. (We sometimes say someone is … Continue reading

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The power to harmonize

To continue from the last few posts, my friend and I had learned that happiness is a function of bonding or connecting between things that are in opposition. Next we learned that making connections and creating harmony takes work. What … Continue reading

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Joy of connecting

By way of introduction I want to say that I’m trying to describe a certain kind of experience which is a very personal one. Even if your religious commitments are different from mine I hope you will be able to … Continue reading

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Happiness

Frankl would often say that happiness cannot be pursued. When a person finds meaning happiness ensues. Together with my chevruta (study partner) I have been studying the topic of happiness from the book Alei Shur. This and several upcoming blog … Continue reading

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Prerogative to be guilty

“They learned that it was a prerogative of man to become guilty – and his responsibility to overcome his guilt.” (The Will to Meaning, p. 7) My initial definition of guilt was overly simplistic. Guilt means breaking intrinsically valuable rules. … Continue reading

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