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Month: December 2016

My Trip to the Temple Mount ?>

My Trip to the Temple Mount

  Today was the day. For months I’ve been trying to make it up to the Temple Mount with little success, but I hoped it would go more smoothly this time.  Last time I tried going up, I prepared some things to say up there. Some quotes from both the Quran and the Tanakh about Moses and respecting holy places. This time, though, as I walked towards the Old City, I just tried mentally preparing myself. Was this a political visit? A religious…

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My Thanksgiving Love Letter ?>

My Thanksgiving Love Letter

Thanksgiving has many aspects of sacrifice in it in its traditional story. One example is the self-sacrifice of the Pilgrims in search of a better place to live and raise their family. They put their lives on the line in an attempt to better the lives of themselves and their families. The Native-Americans, also, sacrificed in many ways in order to accept the newcomers. They sacrificed time and resources to give to these strangers.    For years, we Americans have used this (albeit…

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Problems Before Solutions ?>

Problems Before Solutions

I recently volunteered at a workshop dedicated to helping people get back on track and find careers. The basic principle was “If you don’t know where you are trying to go, you won’t get there. If you can’t articulate what you want to accomplish, it will never get done.” In other words, only a clear vision and motivation can propel you forwards. I also recently attended a Breaking the Silence talk organized by Binny. Among other salient points[1], one that…

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