Tag Archives: kindness

Before It’s Too Late

Yesterday I went to the funeral of my daughter-in-law’s father. I had visited him just a week before. It’s not unusual that people get sick and die. What struck me is that I had put off visiting him for about … Continue reading

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Being a Mensch Part II

(must read post of November 2 with this) I talked over with a colleague my analysis of the Rambam that I made yesterday and I’ve come to the conclusion that she is right and I was wrong. The Rambam is … Continue reading

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Finding Good in Negative Experiences

I was reminded today of an example of finding good in negative experiences. We’ve already got a full house of our own kids plus two guests coming. One of my kids asked if he could bring a friend and without … 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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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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Gratitude creates a world of kindness

(Starting from this post whenever I write about a “study conversation” I’ll put the book learning in italics and the comments made by my friend and myself in the course of our studying in plain script.) It makes perfect sense … Continue reading

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Gratitude part two

We learned before that the primary result of gratitude is friendship. That’s not the only benefit. Gratitude gives a person a positive outlook on life. In the Bible, it was not appropriate for Moses to be the emissary for the … Continue reading

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