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My Special Education

My Special Education

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I was a dedicated special ed teacher, but I was relieved they weren't my children. But God has a good sense of humor…

The Woman in the Park

The Woman in the Park

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With all my flaws, am I worthy of love?

Does Polite Equal Good?

Does Polite Equal Good?

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How I unexpectedly discovered the key to genuine goodness.

My Facebook Hiatus

My Facebook Hiatus

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Breaking free from the 'being liked' trap.

Climbing the Ladder

Climbing the Ladder

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Is life really fair?

The Yom Kippur Dare

The Yom Kippur Dare

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Do I ask God for another chance, a chance I know I don’t deserve?

My Yom Kippur Resolution

My Yom Kippur Resolution

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I cringe thinking how much aggravation I caused this woman.

Yom Kippur: Partner Track

Yom Kippur: Partner Track

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Does God really care about the nuances of my life?

Shana Tova?

Shana Tova?

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Can we be optimistic about the coming new year?

My Moment of Weakness

My Moment of Weakness

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Do you want God to cut you some slack?

Recalculating

Recalculating

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Don't wait till you're really lost.

Am I for Real?

Am I for Real?

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There was a little voice of doubt that worried me. What if I was a fake?

Unplug & Reconnect

Unplug & Reconnect

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Life is great. Disconnect and enjoy.

Camp Simcha

Camp Simcha

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At age 18, what did I know about caring for a kid with multiple special needs?

Hurricane Irene and Elul

Hurricane Irene and Elul

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Make sure you prepare for what's coming.

Three Words of Self Doubt

Three Words of Self Doubt

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You're not serious about your goal if you use one of these three words.

Spirituality & Mental Health

Spirituality & Mental Health

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Research on how faith in God impacts one's emotional well being.

Windfall

Windfall

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Every day your father is going to deposit $86,400 into your account. Whatever is left over at the end of each day gets erased.

Dangerous Assumptions

Dangerous Assumptions

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Most hatred stems from our assumption of guilt regarding people's thoughts and motivation.

Making Exceptions

Making Exceptions

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Baseless hatred stems from hating others for what we fear may be true about ourselves.

All for One

All for One

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Tisha B'av and the secret of Jewish unity.

Will We Remember Leiby in a Month?

Will We Remember Leiby in a Month?

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How to make a permanent change for Leiby's memory.

Diminishing Returns: Ethics of the Fathers, 4:12

Diminishing Returns: Ethics of the Fathers, 4:12

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How much is enough?

Turning 40

Turning 40

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For my 40th birthday, I decided to dream again.

Where's the Salt!

Where's the Salt!

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The "Don't Blame, Don't Complain" Campaign can change your life.

6 Keys to Outsmart Stress

6 Keys to Outsmart Stress

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Simple steps to reclaim your life.

Music Is Medicine

Music Is Medicine

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If I can help change the world, so can you.

Perfect Flaws

Perfect Flaws

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Life – and the people in it – are not perfect. They're not supposed to be.

Breaking Away from the Bully

Breaking Away from the Bully

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Slavery is more than just forced labor.

Don't Wait to be a Hero

Don't Wait to be a Hero

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A volunteer firefighter tells a story of an act of heroism that didn't go quite as expected.

Haman's Voice Within

Haman's Voice Within

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According to Haman, Brooks Conrad is a total failure, and so are you.

Excess Baggage

Excess Baggage

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Is emotional baggage sabotaging your relationships?

How to Get Rich: Ethics of Fathers 4:11

How to Get Rich: Ethics of Fathers 4:11

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The connection between monetary wealth and Jewish wisdom.

Runner's Kick

Runner's Kick

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Ever feel like you just can't reach the finish line?

Avoiding Life's Freakouts

Avoiding Life's Freakouts

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Thinking about the meaning of life.

inoculations

inoculations

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Love comes in many guises.

Perfection vs. Good Enough

Perfection vs. Good Enough

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How to stop berating yourself and persevere in trying your best.

Don’t Burn the Day

Don’t Burn the Day

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Dave Matthews, two funerals and one wake up call.

Facing the Music

Facing the Music

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A year after my mother's death, I couldn't bring myself to listen to music again.

Chanukah and Burnout

Chanukah and Burnout

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Why didn't God simply give the Jews an eight-day supply of oil?

Soul Ignited

Soul Ignited

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This Chanukah, tap into the light.

Breakfast with Tzvi: Black Sabbath

Breakfast with Tzvi: Black Sabbath

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A lesson for life from the heavy metal world of rock n roll.

Empty Your Pockets

Empty Your Pockets

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Why the Jewish month of Kislev is the opportune time to lighten your load.

A Taste of Slow

A Taste of Slow

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We are losing the ability to savor food and ideas.

Judaism & the 12 Steps

Judaism & the 12 Steps

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Is the 12-step program kosher?

Soup Kitchen Chaos

Soup Kitchen Chaos

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We are all hungry for something.

One of Those Days

One of Those Days

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God has a good sense of humor. I was the butt of one of His jokes.

Self Respect Versus Arrogance

Self Respect Versus Arrogance

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Will the real me please stand up?

Expert Advice

Expert Advice

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Seeking the elusive middle ground between humility and leadership.

Man on a Wire

Man on a Wire

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Can you imagine taking this step?