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Are You Seeing Clearly?

Today is Purim, the Jewish holiday when what we see on the surface is not really what’s going on. We dress up in costume because truth is hidden, and we remember a time when the Jews were almost annihilated in … Continue reading »

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Eliminating Amalek

In every generation, there is evil. It rises in the form of hatred toward a people or a conglomerate of peoples, and it is carried out by blind masses hoping to believe in a supreme leader who pledges to lead … Continue reading »

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What Work Is: In Memory of Philip Levine

It’s the running from place to place gunning a packed schedule trying to please everyone and never yourself not having time or air or freedom of choice   Work is trudging through feet of snow in 12 below and knowing … Continue reading »

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Emphasizing Common Ground

Driving south on the four-lane stretch, an NPR interview with a Middle Eastern-born, American-employed art expert speaks of ancient Christian art being destroyed by ISIS in Syria. Evidence of antiquities, of the far reaches of human culture and belief, decimated. … Continue reading »

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#SNL40: Freedom Means the Ability to Laugh at Yourself

Laughing lowers blood pressure, which reduces risk of strokes and heart attacks. Laughter reduces stress hormone levels. It’s a fun abdominal workout. It improves heart health, boosts T cells and triggers the release of endorphins. And laughter produces a general … Continue reading »

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