Monthly Archives: December, 2011

Rebirth

The world is new to us every morning – this is God’s gift; and every person should believe they are reborn each day. Baal Shem Tov                                                                                                           Rabbi Yisroel (Israel) ben Eliezer (August 27, 1698 – May 22, 1760), often called Baal Shem Tov or Besht, was a Jewishmysticalrabbi. He is considered to be the …

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Merry Christmas

In the old days, it was not called the Holiday Season; the Christians called it ‘Christmas’ and went to church; the Jews called it ‘Hanukkah’ and went to synagogue; the atheists went to parties and drank. People passing each other on the street would say ‘Merry Christmas!’ or ‘Happy Hanukkah!’  Or (to the atheists) ‘Look out …

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What Makes a Macher?

I read the English version of the Yiddish Forward Newspaper regularly and they had a column in the most recent issue entitled, What Makes a Macher? A Macher (like Bach) is a Yiddish word often defined as a big shot, broker, swindler, fixer, mediator, one who gets things done, a person with access and more. …

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Affirmations

Train a child in the correct path and they shall not depart from it. Proverbs I have frequently spoken with you about the importance of affirming ourselves as often as we can. I believe that whether we are parents, teachers, counselors, relatives, and friends or in any way connected to young people, we have a …

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Dreams

You see things and say “Why?” but I dream things and say “Why not?” George Bernard Shaw My first awareness of this quote was the eulogy of Robert F. Kennedy by his brother, the late Ted Kennedy. I was deeply moved by this statement of how Robert Kennedy approached life. At that time in my …

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