Monthly Archives: November 2011

A Different Kind of Happiness

Here is Teria Shantall’s answer to my question presented in the post “Is the Goal to Make People Happy?” Dear Batya I think the answer to your question is to distinguish natural happiness (as an outflow of good circumstances which … Continue reading

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Is the Goal to Make People Happy?

In our weekly study group we touched on the topic of happiness. A certain Rabbi named bar Mechasya (Ein Aya, Shabbat 11a) considered the question of what it would be like to be employed by various typologies. About each group … Continue reading

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Intertwining Paths

Some things seem to have clear-cut steps to them. If you want to be an appliance repair person you’ll know exactly what you have to do. There are clear steps about how to learn and there are clear steps telling … Continue reading

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Macrobiotic Thanksgiving

I went to a delicious macrobiotic thanksgiving feast yesterday. The table was as tastefully arranged as the food to the palate. There were little decorative ceramic flower place setting with the name of each person carefully inserted in each one. … Continue reading

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The Common Experience Factor

After listening to the interview with Dr. Ann-Marie Neale speaking candidly about her struggle with and overcoming of alcoholism on Talk Sense Radio it crossed my mind that there are two different types of empathy and they are both important. … Continue reading

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Expanded Consciousness

Not surprisingly, after my thoughts about faith and discernment I came upon a teaching of rabbi Natan of Nemirov relating to this topic. What I am calling “discernment” he refers to as “expanded consciousness.” He explains that every day we … Continue reading

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Faith and Discernment

Simplifications are sometimes handy but at the same time run the risk of being oversimplifications. I say this by way of introduction to a handy definition I’d like to put forth on what religiosity means to me. To be religious … Continue reading

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Religious and Secular Commitment

For as long as I can remember I’d always complained about the way people seem to identify themselves with one group or another and only then decide how they will behave based on their imitation of the group they belong … Continue reading

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The Inclusiveness of Exclusive Single-Minded Focus

The capacity for single-minded focus is made possible due to the awareness of the oneness of God built into our nature. Thoughts are easily disturbed by distractions as light as hearing scratching on a board. We can hold onto a … Continue reading

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The Missing Ingredient

Frankl didn’t intend for logotherapy to stand on its own but to supplement other theories much the same way that the spirit cannot stand on its own without the physical body, the intellect or the emotions. The spirit is not … Continue reading

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