Self-Distancing and Soul-Talk

The cover article of the current issue of Psychology Today talks about how to "Silence Your Inner Critic." It opens with the story of Elena, a recent law-school graduate at the top of her class, who botches a job interview. One of the recommended techniques to silence the inner critic that kicks in at such… Continue reading Self-Distancing and Soul-Talk


When to take offense

My last blog, on conflict resolution, was based on a presentation I gave recently at a UMJC leaders’ conference. At the end of the presentation, one of my colleagues came up to me and said he appreciated what I had to say, but wanted to add that the best approach to conflict is not to… Continue reading When to take offense

A Deliverer is Born—in Egypt!

 Parashat Shemot, Exodus 1:1–6:1 Most of the Christian world is celebrating the birth of the Messiah this week, and in the synagogue we are reading the early chapters of Exodus, which recount the birth of another deliverer, Moses. Scholars have long noted similarities between the two birth accounts, especially in the version of Messiah’s birth… Continue reading A Deliverer is Born—in Egypt!

Prudence, Bush 41 & Abraham

After President George H.W. Bush passed away on the night of November 30, one of the first of many tributes to be posted was titled, “The two-syllable word that summed up George H.W. Bush—in the best way.” That word, according to columnist David Von Drehle, is “prudence,” as in comedian Dana Carvey’s Saturday Night Live… Continue reading Prudence, Bush 41 & Abraham