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
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
One bright sunny morning, back when I was a congregational rabbi, I got a phone call from one of our members, Fred. “Rabbi, I’m so glad I caught you. I know how busy you are, but I just need five minutes.” Now Fred is an anonymous, composite character, but you know what’s going to happen… Continue reading How to help resolve conflict
As we tick off another year of the 21st century, it’s not easy to talk about God. A recent blog I posted cites a New York Times op-ed, “It’s Getting Harder to Talk About God”, which notes, “An overwhelming majority of people say that they don’t feel comfortable speaking about faith, most of the time.”… Continue reading Only God Can Name God
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!
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
When Avram heard that his nephew had been taken captive, he led out his trained men, who had been born in his house, 318 of them, and went in pursuit as far as Dan. During the night he and his servants divided his forces against them, then attacked and pursued them all the way to… Continue reading Courage: the Essential Virtue