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Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu said that a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. What he didn’t say that the first step is the hardest step. Jewish wisdom teaches this in the story of a man named […]

A Jewish wedding ceremony ends with an strange ritual. The groom lifts his foot up and breaks a wine glass. Why? Because even at great times of joy, we recognize that brokenness is a part of life.  In fact, we […]

At a conference I attended yesterday, writer Carrie Wilkerson shared a profound piece of wisdom. In discussing the hard work required for success, she said, “Don’t try to be superhuman. Be human and people will think you are super.” She […]

(This post was inspired by a podcast by Michael Hyatt, which focuses on physical steps can take get out of a funk. My focus is on the spiritual and psychological.) Last week brought the full fury of winter down on […]

Pope Benedict’s resignation is sending shockwaves through Catholic communities worldwide. It also brings sadness and loss to the Jewish community. Despite early concerns with the Pope’s childhood participation in the Hitler youth, he has been an extraordinary leader, reaching out […]

What do you tend to order at restaurants? Do you get the same thing every time? Or do you try the latest special? Do you opt for a wine you have never tried? Or do you go with your favorite […]

Former New York Mayor Ed Koch, who died last week, had a signature saying: “How’m I doing?” He asked it of passerbys at subway stations, street corners and press conferences. Behind the question was a request for feedback. He was […]

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