The Tapestry of Life
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The Tapestry of Life

There is a saying, “You cannot see the forest for the trees.” In life, it is not always easy to understand why things happen as they do. We have heard before that God works in mysterious ways. Oftentimes in life, things happen that seem unexplainable. We may find ourselves wondering why bad things happen to good...

Becoming a Blessing in the Lives of Others
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Becoming a Blessing in the Lives of Others

I have said before, it may be nice to sit alone on a mountain top and meditate, but that isn’t really why we are here. The world is full of people who need our hands. For when a child is hungry, we must feed them. For when a friend is in need, an action is...

The Gift of Peace
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The Gift of Peace

Do you remember as a child ever trying to capture a butterfly? With delicate wings, the butterfly bounces and floats gracefully through the air. It seems like the more we tried to capture it though, the more it eluded us. Yet if we had become still, taken a deep breath, and extended our hand, it...

The Secret of Joy
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The Secret of Joy

It is said, if we knew how truly perfect life is, we would look up at the sky and laugh. If we are open to it, this revelation can be ours this week. It is true that when we look around the world, we can see all of its beauty. We can marvel at the...

Appreciate Everything (Even Life’s Curve Balls)
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Appreciate Everything (Even Life’s Curve Balls)

During this time of year, when the weather is cold and the days are short, I think of all the seeds lying in wait deep underground. I think of the beauty that comes in spring, even now while the leaves are dying when there seems to be no color or life at all. I think...

The Power of Love
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The Power of Love

According to the Talmud, every blade of grass has its own angel watching over it, whispering, “Grow, grow.” So too is it with us. This beautiful teaching is ours this week. As the nights grow longer and darker, we are compelled more than any other time of the year, to go within for reflection, meditation,...

My Birthday Wish
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My Birthday Wish

This week happens to be the week of my birthday, and so naturally I have always felt an affinity with this week’s portion of Noach – the story of Noah and the ark. There is endless wisdom contained within this portion, and each year that I study from it, I find new things. This year, I’d like...

Your True Power is in the Present Moment
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Your True Power is in the Present Moment

It is human nature to get caught up in fearing the future or regretting the past, but never forget that your true power lies in the present. This is especially helpful to remember whenever we are approaching a big cosmic opening, such as Rosh Hashanah, the day on which our lives will be laid bare...

Give Yourself Permission to be Joyful
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Give Yourself Permission to be Joyful

Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy. -Thich Nhat Hanh Have you ever been walking down the street, maybe feeling a little discouraged even, when suddenly you cross paths with someone who has the biggest smile across their face? In an instant,...

Three Wise Little Monkeys
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Three Wise Little Monkeys

I’m sure you’ve all seen and used the little monkey emoji that have their eyes, ears, and mouths covered. But have you ever considered where they come from and what it means? The origins for these three fellas are a bit obscure. They are Japanese in origin, depicted on the walls of a Shinto shrine,...