2023

Yes, Virginia

When you need to reach out to a customer-service representative of a big company (let alone a government office) it is possible that, like me, your impulse is to discover that you absolutely, no question about it, must clean out that pesky catch-all drawer in your kitchen before you can do anything else. (My husband...

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Dress for Success

Are you planning a trip to a foreign country, perhaps one whose language you don’t speak? There are many language programs available and one popular method they use is to group vocabulary words by categories. It is all well and good to learn how to parse grammar correctly but if you are looking to get...

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Job Competition

Hello, Rabbi Daniel and Susan: After watching your show for a few years with my husband, I finally decided to email you. I have encountered a situation at work and would like your input on this. I am a Nurse Practitioner and want to transition to a specialty. There may be an opportunity coming up...

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Time for Behaving Charitably?

What would you do? A few weeks ago, a blizzard hit upstate New York, leaving emergency vehicles ineffective as motorists were stranded in almost 52 inches of snow. For drivers, the prospect of freezing to death in one’s car was a scary reality. In one small town, a mechanic by the name of Jay Withey...

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My Wife Went Behind My Back

I went out of town with one of my children to visit my grandmother yesterday, and my wife decided she wanted to take my other two children to a rock climbing gym. Personally, I find the idea dangerous because I think that it is subjecting children to a serious injury if equipment were to fail...

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Hold the Adjectives, Please

If you haven’t read Monica Guzman’s book, I Never Thought of It That Way: How To Have Fearlessly Curious Conversations in Dangerously Divided Times, I do recommend it. Monica, a left-leaning reporter in Seattle, was disturbed at the lack of respect and conversation between people who held different political views. As a daughter of Trump-supporting,...

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Me, Myself and I

One of the ways we sometimes subconsciously telegraph the nature of our character to others is by how often we employ the first person singular pronoun, I or me, whilst talking. There are pundits who rigorously count the number of first person singular pronouns in presidential speeches and correctly interpret a high count as a...

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Is Acne Spiritual?

I can’t remember where I saw or heard it, but recently you mentioned that some skin conditions may be spiritual. Would you please expand on this? JR Dear JR, In ancient Jewish wisdom, the Five Books of Moses are divided into 54 sections, each with its own name. On Shabbat, in the synagogue, we read...

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12 Years, A Different World

Over the years, I have written well over 500 Musings. Every once in a while, as happened this week, one from years ago circles back to my attention. In 2010, while discussing film critic Roger Ebert’s proposal to revamp the movie rating system to accommodate what he thought of as the wider public acceptance of...

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I’m Not Coping Financially

I am writing this letter because I have been watching and learning from you for a while, but I am still struggling to understand how I can really bring abundance into my life. Last year, after almost 5 years, I finally managed to buy myself a small flat, but despite working really hard and saving...

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