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Tribute to Reb Zalman Schachter-Shalomi

  Last night I wondered about what to write for this week’s blog. Soon my inner guidance said quite discernibly: “Be receptive.” Within an hour, another inner voice emerged that had previously been only a very faint background whisper: “Write a tribute to Reb Zalman.” For those of you who don’t know (about) this truly […]

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Many Breaths of Fresh Air

My wife, Ruth, and I recently returned from a glorious weekend in the mountains that rejuvenated us during the less than 48 hours of our time away. My daughter and her boyfriend hosted us so graciously in the boyfriend’s parents’ mountain cabin located in a remote area about 15 miles south of the tiny town […]

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Shocking Results

Amid the hustle bustle of daily life, many people claim that they yearn for a brief interlude of solitude. However, a “shocking” University of Virginia research study recently published in the Science journal found that a number of people, especially men, struggle to devote even a short time alone with their thoughts. Participants in the […]

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A Triumphant Milestone!

  Each low on energy from several days of a nagging cold, yesterday my wife, Ruth, and I attended the Bar Mitzvah of a boy adopted two years ago (at age 11) by his aunt and uncle. Although we have known the family for about eight years and attended the Bar Mitzvahs of the two […]

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Men’s Compromised Health

So often in my private practice I encounter a male client who has not had a physical examination for over two years, sometimes for as long as ten years. This form of self-neglect is of particular concern regarding guys who have a known medical condition and with those, for example, who are injured, obese, have high […]

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The Richness of Father’s Day

  As the father of three truly spectacular children and grandfather of two magnificent granddaughters, I relish the annual marker of “Father’s Day.” This special day represents a lot for me, as I’m hoping it does for all of the loving, dedicated fathers who are celebrated by their offspring and partners on this occasion. It’s […]

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The Bittersweet Empty Nest

Most of you are familiar with the term empty nest: how couples feel and what they’re left with after their last child moves out of their house. The effects can be very dramatic, e.g. when their child(ren) move far away. They may be fortunate enough to become gradually prepared, e.g. by children returning home for […]

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Awakening an Inner Life

As most of us plunge daily into a world replete with work, activities, electronics and media, we tend to become more disconnected from our internal existence. We each have a gold mine inside of us that for many remains untapped, while many others have just explored the surface. I feel that I have been blessed […]

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Remembering and Reflecting

On this holiday of remembering fallen soldiers, I pay tribute to all those who gave the ultimate personal sacrifice–their lives. While honoring the numerous acts of heroism through history, I also greatly lament every war. Every one of our lives is so precious. We never know when our lives will end. I’d like to use […]

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Pride vs. Humility

Feeling pleased by just completing my latest book, which I co-authored with my wife Ruth, I got the idea for the topic of this blog. Based on their religious or spiritual training, many people subscribe to the precept that pride is a character flaw. For years I have challenged the commonly accepted belief that attitudes, […]

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