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NASSO

Sunday, May 28, 2017

The human drive to be unique and special, to stand out in a crowd, to identify one's self in terms of being of a different status than others, is common to all of us. Many times in life we measure ourselves not by our own lives but rather how we differ from all of the people that surround us. This is true in the usual and mundane events of life that occur to us daily. But it is also true in the holy drive for eternity and meaningfulness that is manifested by the soul that exists within each of us. Because of this, we look for exceptionalism in areas of life that we deem to be the realm of the soul and of potential holiness. The Torah provides such an example of this inner drive for...

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PRIVILEGES AND RIGHTS

Sunday, May 28, 2017

The nature of human beings is to automatically transfer that which begins as a privilege – an extra perk in life – into a right, something that the person is automatically entitled to have. No one ever wants to experience the loss of the privilege or boon that one once attained. A reduction in salary, loss of a professional or commercial title, the defeats suffered in an election, all of these are painful experiences to have to absorb in one's lifetime. Therefore, we are witness to former government and legislative position holders, even when they are no longer serving in that position, called by the former title. This is not necessarily arrogance or hubris on their part but rather...

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