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What to Do About Missed Opportunities

Today I learned that  Reb Meshullam Zalman Hiyyeh Schachter-Shalomi, the founder of the Jewish Renewal movement, passed from this earth plane to another realm. My feelings about Judaism and my approach to Jewish practice and observance have been profoundly affected by the Jewish Renewal movement, and, therefore, by Reb Zalman. Yet, I only once sat in a …

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Life is Worth Living

Today another young man in my children’s school took his life. (This is not the first, and it is the second that my daughter has known well.) Some people on Facebook were commenting on this tragedy…we were trying to understand why children feel the need to take their lives. There never seems a good reason. …

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The End of an Era

Today I signed onto the Internet to discover that Senator Ted Kennedy had died. Those who know me well would say I’m not very politically inclined, and they’d be correct. However, Ted Kennedy’s death moved me. It seems his passing marks the end of an era. The Kennedy era.  We could sing, “Where have all …

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What Would You Wish You Had Accomplished if Today Were Your Last Day?

I often talk about living life fully. You can approach life in this manner by adopting the attitude that this day could be your last. In Carlos Castaneda’s books, the character Don Juan suggested living with “death on your shoulder.” In Jewish tradition, we remember the fragile nature of life each night as we confess …

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This Year, Just Do It

Yesterday I learned that Rabbi Alan Lew had died. I didn’t know Rabbi Lew well, but I had the honor of teaching at an event where he was the keynote speaker two years ago. I remember his speach well; in fact, I used what I learned from him later in a talk I gave – …

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When the Holiday Season Doesn't Feel So Jolly, Be Happy Once a Week on Shabbat

I’ve been feeling a bit melancholy lately, as well as grateful for my children despite the fact that they are driving me absolutely crazy. In the last month, three children have died in Los Gatos, the town where I live. A middle school boy took his own life, possibly because his girlfriend broke up with …

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