Year: 2017

May Seem Simple But Riding An Elevator Up a Skyscraper Is No Circus

Well, Barnum and Bailey Circus is shutting down. Everything has its day. Opera and theater used to be for everyone. Now they are kept alive by elite life support. But the end of the circus is a little sad for anyone who remembers the sheer magic of being taken to the big top as a …

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Avoidable Heartbreak

Most of the time, my daughter doesn’t share details of the overnight shifts that she spends as a nurse in the ICU (Intensive Care Unit). Sometimes the care that she and other medical professionals give allow their patients, with God’s grace, to graduate from the ICU on the road to recovery. Other times, she is...

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Are my academic studies a mistake?

Question: I was wondering what are your thoughts on why modern Universities tend  to support “progressive ideals” and go left. As a conservative on a University completing a postgraduate degree , it seems that  this left leaning culture seems to be increasingly and overtly celebrated on campus.  Secondly, what is your opinion on the role...

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Did You Make that Resolution?

Want to lose weight?  Me too.  And so did 84 female housekeepers in seven different hotels who typically clean fifteen rooms a day. They were measured for physiological health variables affected by exercise and then two Harvard University psychologists informed half the women (untruthfully) that their daily work alone constituted enough exercise to make them...

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Once Again

Chana Beri lost her son Meir during the Yom Kippur war. She lost her grandson Moshe during the Lebanon War. Now, she lost her great-grandson Erez Orbach in a terror attack in Jerusalem. May his memory, and that of his fellow murdered soldiers, be for a blessing and may we merit to live in peace. …

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The Bigger and Not Always Better Picture

For the past few months I’ve been driving to a class a few times a week. Rather than listening to the radio, I’ve immersed myself in a podcast, Presidential. Lillian Cunningham of the Washington Post began hosting this weekly broadcast 44 weeks before the recent election.  She intended November’s historical event to coincide with her...

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Am I depriving someone of a job

Question: I read an article in the newspaper which mentioned that older workers need to retire at 55 so that young people can get jobs. Am I depriving youngsters from getting jobs? Siti Answer:  Dear Siti, The short and simple answer is NO. The article you read ignores the fact that God created each and...

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Bzzz. Moo. A Recipe for Growth

A friend of mine recently celebrated the long-awaited arrival of his first child and almost overnight he became a different man.  He drove his car a bit more cautiously.  His facial expression looked a little more mature.  His approach to work seemed more focused.  While lovingly cradling his infant, he said to me, “Rabbi, I...

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Too much subtlety

Thanks to those of you who pay close attention to our podcast announcements. Yes, the year on the graphic is 2015. This was a subtle play on the theme of not repeating the mistakes of past years. Probably way too subtle!

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