“If you want to take the island you need to burn the boats.” – Tony Robbins Nearly five years ago I was facing an important decision, a career crossroads that, depending on its outcome, would greatly impact my professional future. I had spent the past fifteen years in the field of education, as a teacher, principal, and adjunct professor.

For many newspapers, the biggest takeaway from the First Survey of the Modern and Centrist Orthodox Community is that 89% of the respondents listed “Cost of Jewish Education” as a serious problem facing our community. Though 70% were very satisfied with the quality of our limudei Kodesh, only 61% were satisfied with limudei chol. Argh! The tuition crisis has been... Read more »

Melinda Gates wrote in the Washington Post on August 24, 2017: I spent my career in technology. I wasn’t prepared for its effect on my kids. I spent my career at Microsoft trying to imagine what technology could do, and still I wasn’t prepared for smartphones and social media. Like many parents with children my kids’ age, I

How does one approach finding or enhancing one’s spirituality? Books, internet sites, and TV offer a limitless amount of advice for seekers of spirituality. Depending on one’s taste, there is an abundance of opportunity to begin a spiritual search: new wave spirituality, traditional organized religions, Far Eastern philosophy, meditation,

One of the most potent (and perhaps THE MOST POTENT) elements in communication is ‘the narrative.’ The ‘spin’ placed and the interpretation of events is the critical factor in how we internalize events. Let’s begin with something which is currently being discussed in various forums all over the world: the Six Day

The current October 2017 Harvard Business Review (HBR) reports that there is a common dissatisfaction within the workplace where “many professionals who are free to shape their careers are just that: disengaged, unfulfilled, and miserable.” This professional malaise is not limited to the office. HBR cites an

The Torah presents us with apparently contradictory visions of the Jewish soldier. In considering this contradiction, we can find essential guidance for our own pursuit of greatness. On the one hand, we are taught of the spiritual vulnerability of the Jewish soldier, granting him license to be with a lovely captive and
Remember for us the covenant of the patriarchs, as You said, “And I will remember My covenant with Yaakov, and also My covenant with Yitzchok, and also My covenant with Avraham I will remember, and the Land will I remember.” (Selichos Liturgy quoting Leviticus 26:42) One of the central elements of the Yomim

The United States was hit by two disasters over the past two weeks. One was natural, and the other was man-made. One left devastating damage as the result of strong winds and hard rain, while the other left horrific damage resulting from hate and discrimination. One caused hopelessness, while the other provides great reason to hope. Texas, and the Houston community in
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