Author Archives: Rabbi Mitch

Seeming to Be

It is remarkable how many people are caught in the “appearance web.” The need to appear to be has become greater than the need to just “be”, for some. Many of us will even give up our own happiness (or our chance at it) in order to keep “looking good” in the eyes of others. …

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Change

We must always change, renew, and rejuvenate ourselves; otherwise, we harden. Goethe   As I have grown I have come to understand for me that I don’t have to change anything in a conscious manner as I am forever changing regardless of my actions. Even when I stagnate I am changing. This is a powerful …

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Hospitality

We learn early on that Abraham was the first hotel owner in the Bible. His calling card was his open tent policy. He placed his tent in the middle of the desert and would welcome every traveler for a night’s rest and a hot meal. A story is told that he was once in the …

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The Power of Language

Which crime is worse, financial theft or verbal abuse? The Talmud teaches us that money can be reimbursed, but the hurt from words is irreparable. Regardless of the reason why, some are more emotionally vulnerable than others. Whether it be name calling, chiding, digging, public humiliation or speaking ill of someone behind their backs, the …

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Starting

How often have I found myself feeling overwhelmed at all the things I have on my “to do” list. I just don’t know where to start. I keep having this childish notion that when I go to sleep, half the list will mysteriously get done and when I awaken I will have only half to …

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