ancient jewish wisdom

Excuse Me, God

“Do you have any questions for me?” I asked the applicant for a position in my organization.  “Yes,” she responded.  “How many vacation and sick days do I get each year?”  Needless to say, she got none from me. There is a right way and many wrong ways to interview for a job.  The right...

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Music, Morality and Mayhem

During 1969 many young people gathered at rock music festivals at Woodstock in upstate New York and at Altamont in Northern California.  Both events were as much about sex and violence as about music and despite the veneer of innocuous love, both had a dark undercurrent.  Rapes, brutal beatings, numerous injuries and countless concussions were...

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Stairway to Heaven

I recently eavesdropped on a conversation taking place at a table adjacent to mine.  A customer in the Dallas kosher restaurant in which I was having dinner was talking to the waitress.  After thanking the waitress for excellent service, he asked what she did when she wasn’t waiting tables.  When she responded that she was...

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Super Action Hero – Abraham!

 Four years ago, Business Week magazine ran a story about how Hindu thinking was influencing business in the United States. It stated, “Academics and consultants such as C. K. Prahalad, Ram Charan, and Vijay Govindrajan are among the world's hottest business gurus.”  It turned out that over 10% of the professors at the best business...

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1 + 1 = You!

This year’s James Cameron movie, Avatar, introduced many to the wonders of 3-D, a technology providing the illusion of depth in an image.  I don’t know if the current excitement about 3-D is a passing fad or whether all movies will soon be in 3-D and all computer screens will soon show 3-D images.  What...

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Double-Edged Passion

I love conducting sales training events for companies with large teams of sales professionals.  Needless to say, I don’t reach the ankles of some of the legendary sales and motivational giants such as my friend Zig Ziglar. Nonetheless, Zig pronounces the unique sales strategies from ancient Jewish wisdom that I teach to be vital.  ...

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Cause AND Effect

Earthquakes?  No, they do not occur because the gods are angry.  They are caused by stressed tectonic plates suddenly shifting.  One great gift of science is cause and effect, which means that things don’t just happen.  For every effect, there is a cause. There is no need to ascribe natural events to vengeful deities. But...

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Glad to be Sad

You know those days. You feel unstoppable and on top of the world, walking on air with sheer delight. A real king of the hill. Keep your balance! And then the days when you’re dejected and all alone and your eyes fill with the hot tears of defeat and you feel that life isn’t worth...

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To Bee or Not to Bee

Have you ever had the experience of blithely saying something and then, as the words left your lips, instantly regretting them and wishing you could take them back?  Unless you’ve been obeying a vow of silence for years, I know the answer.  We’ve all had intense remorse over something that would have been better unsaid....

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Slip Sliding Away

Elegant laws of faith and physics link the mysteries of the universe to the banality of human behavior.  For instance, they explain why I find it so hard to keep my desk neat, my body thin, and my business profitable.  If I shake a jar containing green and red marbles arranged in alternating layers, they...

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