I recently came across the last words of Steve Jobs that I would like to share with you. I have come to the pinnacle of success in business. In the eyes of others, my life has been the symbol of success. However, apart from work, I have little joy. Finally, my wealth is simply a […]
In ‘The Crime I Did Not Commit’, author Sarah Rigler relates the experience of her cousin Circuit Court judge Alice Gilbert, and her innovative idea. She required every criminal convicted in her courtroom to write a 2000 word essay answering the questions How did my crime affect me? How did it affect my family? How […]
This story is told my Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach. Two hundred years ago in Koretz, all the Jews were G-d fearing except Avramele the Schneider, the tailor. He never went to synagogue, or to the kosher butcher for that matter. The only place people saw him was at the local pub at night, drunk. People only […]
In December 1939 Nicholas Winton was getting ready to set off on a ski trip from England to Switzerland. Before leaving he received a phone call from his friend Martin Blake. Blake told him “I have an interesting assignment and I need your help. Don’t bother to bring your skis.” Germany had just taken over […]
These past two weeks have seen unprecedented destruction sweeping across the United States. In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey an estimated 30,000 people will need temporary shelter, 14 000 national guards were activated to help save people and 450 000 will need disaster assistance from FEMA. Losses due to destruction are estimated at $75 billion. […]
Mayer: You had a heart of gold and so many people loved you. Shifra and I were privileged to be your partner in outreach at Manhattan Jewish Experience for 16 years, and we thought we had many more years of working together. In Pirkei Avoth, the Ethics of the Fathers 4:17, the Rabbis speak about […]
Manhattan Jewish Experience | Shabbat December 9, 2016 I would like to share with you a stanza from Leonard Cohen’s song ‘Who By Fire’ which he recorded in 1972: And who by fire, who by water Who in the sunshine, who in the night time Who by high ordeal, who by common trial Who in your […]
Rosh Hashanah 2016 | MJE East It is difficult to imagine what it would be like to be wiped out financially, to lose everything you have, including your home. This is what happened recently to someone I know, let’s call him Jim. Jim spent three years and his life savings building up an IT company. The […]
At the beginning of Parshat Vaera, God tells Moshe that His name is Hashem – the four letter name that is unpronounceable. God then says that He never revealed this name to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Why not? Were they not worthy enough to hear that name? Rashi explains that the “name” represents absolute truth. […]
Yom Kippur II 2015/5776 Have you ever been caught on the highway and traffic slows down to a standstill? You assume you are behind an accident, and traffic is moving at a snail’s pace. When you finally pass the cause of the delay, you find out that in fact the accident was not on your […]
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