Deliberate Remembering

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by Rabbi Elianna Yolkut
posted on August 10, 2017
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Humans have a strong capacity for remembering things which we would happily forget: embarrassing childhood memories, awkward moments in our dating life and when our own children repeat a private family story. We might even wish away memories of moments of tensions amongst friend we would have rather not seen. However, even if we could forget, edit out our most painful experiences would we really do so? Do you remember the movieEternal Sunshine on a Spotless Mind, which is a pop culture reflection on the adverse consequences of deliberate forgetting. Read more...

God Loves Us

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by Rabbi Elliot Dorff, PhD
posted on August 20, 2016
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And now, O Israel, what does the Lord your God demand of you? Only this: to revere the Lord your God, to walk only in His paths, to love Him, and serve the Lord your God with all your heart and soul, keeping the Lord’s commandments and law, which I enjoin upon you today, for your good. Mark, the heavens to their uttermost reaches belong to the Lord your God, the earth and all that is on it! Read more...

True Power is Compassion

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by Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson
posted on August 21, 2014
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I’ve often marveled at the designation “the Great” in the history books tracing the development of Western Civilization.  Consider with me those august individuals who carry that appellation: Alexander the Great, Herod the Great, Charlemagne (which means Charlie the Great), Catherine the Great, Peter the Great.  In truth, the only trait that links these people, one to another, is their ruthlessness, their despotism, and the fact that they were responsible for the deaths of many, many innocents.  “Great”, apparently, is a term for mass murderers who possess power. Read more...

Friendship

Janet Sternfeld Davis
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by Janet Sternfeld Davis
posted on July 27, 2013
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Several weeks ago I settled into the passenger seat of my friend's car and launched into an impassioned monologue about my current moral dilemma... eventually I heard a sniff from the other side and looking over saw she was crying. She has been widowed for a year and a half and had just made another "mistake." It brought home to her (again) the difficulty of making important and less important decisions all by herself. She still wasn't used to it. Read more...