In His Time…

…there is perfect peace.

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Everyone is Fighting a Great Battle


One way to deepen your sense of compassion and empathy.

“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a great battle.” Apparently this was Gloria Vanderbilt’s favorite piece of advice. Not what I expected but that’s the point, isn’t it? Even the seemingly privileged, the wealthy, the talented, are not exempt from life’s challenges. Everyone is fighting a great battle.

Because that is the whole point of life and the battle is for life itself. The battleground occurs in our psyche, in the struggle between the base and the holy, the negative inclination and the positive one, the body and the soul. Continue reading

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Embracing Failure


Why failure is essential to building genuine self-confidence.

Most of us think of failure as a plague to avoid at all costs, or something inevitable that we must endure.

But failure is actually a key component to building self-confidence, perhaps even more than success. Counter-intuitive? Allow me to explain. Continue reading

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LIVE In The Present

For many people, sadness and suffering is not a result of present experiences. Rather it is pain caused by regretting and resenting the past, or worrying about the future.

Living in the present saves you from needless emotional pain. Additionally, keeping one’s mind on the present is necessary to concentrate on the important tasks of the day.

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Free Will – Our Greatest Power

This uniquely human endeavor spells the difference between life and death.

by Rabbi Noah Weinberg

“How precious is man, created in the image of God.” (Talmud – Avot 3:18)

What does it mean to be created in the image of God?

Unlike other creations, the human being has free will. Within this divine spark lies our potential to shape and change the world.

Proper use of free will beautifies and perfects. Misuse of free will plunders and destroys.

It is a uniquely human endeavor to learn how to use free will properly.

Awareness of Free Will

A homeless person is out on a cold, dirty street, pushing a broken shopping cart loaded with meager belongings. He desperately begs for money, and sifts through garbage pails for a remnant of food.

Now suppose you give him 10 million dollars (tax-free). Imagine what he will do: rent a warm home; buy new clothes, stock up on groceries…

But there’s one catch: You hide the money in the bottom of his bag, and he doesn’t know he is shlepping around the 10 million dollars. So he lives with the same misery, the same despair.

Free will grants us enormous power and potential. Yet if we don’t realize we have this power, we cannot exploit it. We may live the life of a beggar, when in fact we are royalty. The Talmud says: Greater than the gift of free will, is that God told us we have free will.

What is Free Will?

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