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THE CURSE OF HABITUAL POVERTY

Sunday, January 20, 2019

A recent report broadcast on Israeli radio detailed the fact that approximately 50% of all of those who declared bankruptcy and were eventually freed from the clutches of the creditors to whom they owed money, within a few years found themselves once again heavily in debt and living a life of moderate to abject poverty. The sociologists and economists who prepared this report had many reasons as to why this should occur. Partly, it is simply human nature and the fact that human beings continue to repeat past errors of judgment and behavior no matter how dire the consequences may be. Another reason advanced was that living in Israel above the poverty line requires a moderate degree of...

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YITRO

Sunday, January 20, 2019

The fact that the Torah has seen fit to provide such a detailed narrative about the visit of the father-in-law of Moshe to the camp of Israel at the beginning of their sojourn in the desert of Sinai, teaches us a valuable lesson in life and human behavior. The truth is that all of us want to be validated by others. It is not enough that we believe in our cause or that we know what type of person or nation we want to be – it is necessary that others recognize this as well and express it to us and validate our emotions, policies and life values This is expressed in all areas of human endeavor. The validation from others is a form of emotional therapy and conviction reinforcement that...

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