The following is based on an article by Sergio DellaPergola in the American Jewish Year Book, 2019 as well as the London-based Institute for Jewish Policy Research. (DellaPergola was also a co-author of that study.) In 2019, the Core Jewish population estimate of global Jewry was 14,707,400, an increase of 100,000 over 2018. The Jewish population is expanding... Read more »

Each year on Simchas Torah, the current cycle of Torah reading concludes while also beginning anew on that same date. The stated reason for this minhag stems from the idea that on Simchas Torah we display our strong feelings of love and commitment to the Torah. It is therefore only appropriate for us to use... Read more »

In the previous two blogs, we have looked at long-term burnout, and how to evaluate whether this requires a career change. In this blog, we look at how to prevent and to cure short-term burn-out. A. AVOIDING BURN-OUT Keep on Growing If you don’t feel that you are growing, professionally and personally, you will not... Read more »

In this blog, we discuss steps one should take when suffering from long-term burnout. An important book to read when considering change is Howard’s Gift, by Eric C. Sinoway (with Merrill Meadow). We have borrowed extensively from this book, amongst other sources, for this blog.  WHEN YOU STAY WITH YOUR JOB Call a Time-Out The... Read more »

Part One – Story On October 20, 1952, David Ben Gurion (1886 -1973), the Prime Minister of The State of Israel, requested a meeting to meet with the Gadol HaDor, the Chazon Ish (1878 –1953). Yitzhak Navon served as Ben Gurion’s secretary. He was the only person to accompany him at this meeting and reconstructed... Read more »

A new buzzword is Hungarian-American psychologist’s Mihaly Csíkszentmihályi’s concept of “flow.” People are happiest when they are in a state of flow—a state of concentration or complete absorption with the activity at hand and the situation. Such a state requires several conditions. For example: Motivations: One is engaged in the acts because they are intrinsically rewarding, rather than... Read more »

As a coach and professional development provider, I often find myself having some variation of the following conversation with principals. “Please make sure,” they say, “to include lots of practical examples for everyone in the room when you speak.” They explain their request as follows. “Oftentimes when we bring someone in to present a workshop... Read more »

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