Personal Growth

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Run For Your Life — And Towards It November 6, 2013

"Jacob is running for his life. He and his mother Rebecca colluded to deprive his older brother Esau of his father Isaac’s blessing. Jacob now sets out on life-changing journey to find himself and the direction his life should take...."

By Rabbi Tsvi Blanchard, Opinion, Special to The Jewish Week

The Wisdom Daily: Using Gladwell’s Insight to Inspire Those Who Need It Most November 1, 2013

"...In his newest book, Gladwell devotes a chapter to people with dyslexia showing that the skills they leverage to compensate for their condition can also lead to a life of extraordinary accomplishment...The proportion of high-profile entrepreneurs who are dyslexic is strikingly high.

Kirtan Rabbi in Maine Nov. 1-3, 2013 November 1, 2013

Join Clal’s well–known teacher and chant composer, Rabbi Andrew Hahn (the Kirtan Rabbi) for a series of of sacred call-and-response singing and devotional learning in Maine this weekend. Kirtan Rabbi @ Kabbalat Shabbat service at Colby College's Hillel - Waterville, ME...

Sinai & Synapses: Who Will My Daughter Be? October 31, 2013

"On October 1 (and about four and half weeks early), my wife and I welcomed our daughter into the world. It truly was every bit as incredible, miraculous, joyous and nerve-wracking as everyone told us it would be. We can’t quite believe we have brought a new person into this world, and every time I hold her, or feed her at 3:30 AM, or bless her on Shabbat, when I look at her, all I can think of is, “Who will she be?”..."

Honoring the Dead: CHAYEI SARAH October 26, 2013

"When people we love die, how do maintain our connection to them? In Jewish tradition one of the ways we sustain these ties is by marking the anniversary of the death through prayer and ritual..."

By Rabbi Helaine Ettinger, from Sacred Stories: A Living Commentary on American Jewish History and the Hebrew Bible,

The Wisdom Daily: Can the Death of a Parent Bring Families Together? October 24, 2013

"Few moments in life are as difficult as losing one’s parent. In the swirl of sadness and mourning, a parent’s death can unify or further divide the surviving family. In some cases, the highly charged emotions may amplify issues between siblings. But this can also be a remarkable opportunity to heal some of those long-standing hurts and wounds that are part of every family I know, including my own. There can be a positive potential for healing in this otherwise difficult moment...."

The Wisdom Daily: Sleep is the Best Meditation October 23, 2013

"Unfortunately, for many of us, sleep has become a precious commodity that we don’t get enough of. And, as so many wisdom traditions teach, sleeping with its power to cleanse our brains is indeed a form of rebirth! So here is a meditative practice before going to sleep...."
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A Whole Lot of Love October 23, 2013

"What if God took note of every mistake you made and considered it a glorious seed for a profoundly better future? God, it seems, is often counter-cultural. Whereas our society, often despite knowing better, constantly rewards achievement and success, God has an interesting track record of recognizing positive effort even when we are surrounded by failures of our own doing...."

Irwin Kula at BIF9 and the Conversation Continues October 22, 2013

Irwin Kula took part in one of the nation's most renowned storytelling gatherings, the Business Innovation Factory Summit in Providence, RI in Sep., 2013. "The BIF Summit exists as a means to enable a purposeful community of innovation junkies who want to design, prototype and test new business models and social systems in the real world. On this page you may view Irwin Kula's storytelling and experience continued conversation emerging from this event.

The Wisdom Daily: When We the People Don’t Vote, We Don’t Have a Voice October 16, 2013

"Whatever one’s politics, it is pretty clear we have a dysfunctional government in which partisanship and party lines trumps compromise. It’s easy to blame politicians, to judge their motivations, but where is our own responsibility? Where are “We the People” in all of this? The fact is relatively few of us vote – less than 60% in presidential years and only 40% in midterms – which, makes us 120th of 169 countries on voter turnout.

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