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Monday, November 24, 2014

I have always attempted to be a pragmatist, a realist, if you will. The advantage of being such a realist is that one is rarely truly shocked or surprised by the events of life as they unfold. The highs of life are not really that high and the lows are not really that low. It becomes a matter of perspective, of patience, and above all, a matter of faith. It is the high expectations that we harbor for our children, our finances, our social acceptance and success that lead to our deepest disappointments. The secret of successful psychological therapists is that they respond only to the realities of their patients and not to their fantasies or psychotic ramblings and conversations. ...

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VAYETZEI

Monday, November 24, 2014

Our father Yaakov faced many difficult challenges in his long and tumultuous life. This week’s parsha highlights one of the major challenges that any individual can face – the physical and emotional disconnect from one’s family and familiar surroundings. To add to this challenge’s complexity, there is the fact that he is forced to live in a very hostile environment. His work is exploited and unappreciated, his wages and payment uncertain and constantly subject to change and readjustment, and his family life is tense and sometimes even disruptive. In light of all of this, the visionary challenge of expanding on the works of his parents and grandparents in developing a special...

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