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The opposite of wise is foolish. We use these words frequently to describe people and their behaviour. Yet what do these words really mean. As I drove my kids to school this morning, I asked them this question. After five minutes we arrived at a consensus. A fool is someone who does not have clear sight of the consequences of his or her actions. This thought is in fact clearly expressed by our Sages who ask, “Who is Wise? They respond, “One who sees the future”. In other words it’s not just about being aware of the future, but about “seeing” it too. We go through life constantly having to make decisions. Many of them that are pretty tough and sometimes hugely consequential. In times


Afraid? Happy? Upset? Optimistic? Angry? Pessimistic? Apathetic? Sad? Confused? Which word most accurately sums up your mood based on this week’s events in Israel? It would certainly be interesting to take a survey. In the meantime however I would like to suggest that no matter what your response might be, the one cause behind all the above mentioned negative moods is “confusion”. The wisest of all men, King Solomon, sums this up most succinctly in his Proverbs with the words “What brightens the eye gladdens the heart”. In other words when there is clarity there is joy, and only good things follow as a result. The world around us is becoming ever more confused. The words of the prophet Isaia

Lies We Tell Ourselves

Dramatic events continue to unfold before our very eyes. This week was no exception. This past Tuesday the world watched in amazement as President Trump in a public address pulled the USA out of the Iran nuclear deal. In explaining the reasons for doing so he said the following “At the heart of the Iran deal was a giant fiction: that a murderous regime desired only a peaceful nuclear energy program. Today, we have definitive proof that this Iranian promise was a lie”. The Baal Shem Tov teaches us that everything we see or hear is in fact a personal message from G-d to each and every one of us. No doubt we must pay especially close attention to these dramatic events and try to discover its re


Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people. These words are attributed to former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt. In reality however, people do talk about people more often then is necessary. And unfortunately much of the time, it is not that favorable. What’s worse, is that words seem to be harmless. And as a result we even convince ourselves that we are innocent. So yes, we can say something derogatory about someone, but we say to ourselves, so what, it doesn’t really matter. The truth is what we say about others makes a world of difference, both positively and negatively. Words can either build or destroy lives, literally. In a most brilliant insight



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