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Can't wait for 2020 to end? Think again...

Untitled design (4).pngAll to often I hear the phrase "I can't wait for 2020 to be over". Or likewise when something crazy happens the response will be "well it's 2020 and that is how things go".

There is no doubt that 2020 has been a challenging time period with a host of different huge challenges at any given time. With Thanksgiving being so different this year, the Covid numbers constantly creeping upwards and leaving us with a terrible human and economic toll, combined with an emotionally tense and negative election cycle and a whole range of other happenings, there has certainly been no shortage of negativity around us at any given time.

Yet where do we go from here, do we simply hold out and await the good of the future when… Read More »

Gratitude, Thanksgiving & our First Word Each Day

 "We can complain that rose bushes have thorns or we can rejoice that thorn bushes have roses."

Abraham Lincoln

"Thankfulness has an inner connection with humility. It recognizes that what we are and what we have is due to others and above all, to God".

Rabbi Jonathan Sacks"

"For me every hour is grace. And I feel gratitude in my heart every time I can meet someone and look at his or her smile."

Elie Wiesel

"Begin your day thanking G-d, if not from your faith in him, then at least from his faith in you".

The Rebbe

Did you know that in the Jewish tradition, the very first word that we utter each morning is "Thank you". That's right, before we do anything else and even… Read More »

WHAT RABBI LORD JONATHAN SACKS TAUGHT ME ABOUT CHANGING THE WORLD

 

This past Saturday evening right after the Sabbath, I read the sad news that Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks of the UK passed away. As a long time admirer of the former Chief Rabbi of England and as someone who listens to many of his podcasts, reads his weekly emails and has heard him speak in person, I was very upset at his untimely passing.

Through his writings and teachings, I felt like I had come to know him, and I like so many others, had been profoundly touched and inspired by his teachings, and I am still absorbing the shock of his passing.

As I processed my emotions on Saturday night, I told my children let's take down one of the books that he wrote from the bookshelf and learn a teaching. I took down his book "To Heal a… Read More »

MY PARENTS OPEN HOME & AND WHAT I LEARNED ABOUT INCLUSION & ACCEPTANCE

Untitled design (14).pngGrowing up in England we had a little red guest book in which our many sleepover guests, could sign their names and leave a note. I remember browsing through it from time to time and remembering the various guests who came through our home and slept over and joined us for a Shabbat.

There was the gentleman from Argentina who worked for the World Bank and was in London for a high profile international meeting, there was the Captain in the Israeli Navy who enthralled us with his experiences, then there were the two backpackers from Uruguay who were travelling around Europe and just having the time of their lives, there were the two officers from the IDF Golani Brigade who came for a week to check out London and get a break from some stress… Read More »

We mourn the passing of Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks

JSacks.jpgAn incredible leader, scholar and teacher, Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks of Blessed Memory passed away this morning.

On a personal note, I read and learned so much from him each and every week for the last few years and more, through his books, weekly articles, podcasts and via his Whatsapp messages. His teachings and ability to translate Judaism to the world at large were unparalleled for the 21st Century and his ability to do so enabled his crystal uplifting messages to reach so many across the spectrum of views, faiths and backgrounds.

A humble giant who impacted so many and who left an indelible positive impact on Judaism and indeed on the world at large.

I will deeply miss him, his writings and his voice.
May his memory be a… Read More »
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