BEHA’ALOTECHA — A child’s face lighting up can light up the world. It most certainly will light up his or her parents’ hearts. Children are naturally curious, and their faces light up with understanding and delight. It’s up to us as parents and teachers to keep encouraging and nurturing that curiosity. When children ask a question and you don’t know the answer, look it up with them, or encourage them to look for the answer themselves. That is the beginning of education and using resources to follow one’s own curiosity into deeper understanding. This week’s Torah portion describes the...Read More
BEHA’ALOTECHA — Being a good leader at work and at home is a difficult task. But being a good leader does not mean necessarily that we are in control. It may mean being the one who promotes the strengths of others. The problem is that often, when we see the strengths of others, we are threatened. Somehow, we think, their strengths mean the diminishment of our own. It’s either “they have the power” or “I have the power.” Sharing leadership is a real challenge for anyone. In our Torah portion this week it is reported to Moses that two...Read More
BEHA’ALOTCHA — No matter how blessed we may be, it is always easy to see someone who has more, is richer, has achieved a lot, or has something that we want. In a world where very little is still private, there are TV shows that give tours of people’s huge estates, newspapers and magazines report annual salaries, and various social networking sites give us lengthy lists of others’ accomplishments. It can be hard to live without looking over one’s shoulder to see who has more than we do. However, it is just as important to look over your other...Read More
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