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Do I Say My Piece or Take the High Road?

Also featured on Chabad.org Growing up, I watched a dear person in my life hold back from saying her piece and instead carry unexpressed energy in her body. She repeatedly considered, “What if I did things differently? What if I … Continue reading

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The Lies we Tell Ourselves

That what we think, say and do does not make a difference to the world. That it’s okay to do something as long as nobody gets hurt in the process. That we are better than them. That we are open … Continue reading

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No Place to Stick

Growing up, I valued the idea of saying your piece. To not hold things in and be walked all over, but to defend yourself if need be and not let anybody treat you badly. This was a result of watching … Continue reading

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Turn the Volume Down

You are always there and waiting to pounce. From the moment before I’m wrenched from sleep at 5am by my daughter’s cries, you’re there insisting I am not good enough. Your reasons are varied. It could be because I am … Continue reading

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Ola-oi

“Ola-oi,” she shrieks sweetly but firmly in demand. Only a mom could know that that means olive oil. And that she wants lots of it. As she says it, I find myself wondering when she will say olive oil in … Continue reading

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Unstitching what we Know

How committed are we to truth? Our deepest knowledge and beliefs about the world dictate every area of life. And how sad and dead-like we are if we live ruled by dogmas and ideas that are untrue even if their … Continue reading

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The Flash

Someone shared with me a Jewish teaching that compares the feeling of the duration of your life to the amount of time it takes an eagle with outspread wings to fly over you. 34 years old, I realize that I … Continue reading

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It’s Not about Me

I heard a magnificent thing said by a friend about to get married. For many years, she had prayed to find her soul mate, and eventually, after years of trying she was at peace with the possibility that she may remain … Continue reading

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We are all Going to Die

We are all going to die. Though I believe that we do not die before our time is up. Nor do we go through things that we are not supposed to go through. So that’s what I believe, on the … Continue reading

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“Happy to have Disagreed with You”

“Happy to have disagreed with you,” the sweet, softly spoken man said as he went on his way. He seemed sincerely happy to have shared views with a woman with opposing ideas. Happy and disagree don’t often co-habit together but … Continue reading

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