middot adaptability

middahThere are many ways to reach a destination.

Adaptability is accepting change and unpredictability, as well as knowing when to remain constant. With this trait in check, those who meet change do so with promise and are successful. Adaptability out of check displays itself as either a giddy chameleon that is far too changeable, or a rigid, unbending and frustrated type.

Suggested practices:

  • Enter a new situation and discern what is positive.
  • Approach a new situation and see how you can modify your behaviours to perform, adapt and settle.
  • Identify what is uncomfortable in a new/old situation and how you can approach it differently.
  • Try a new food this week or perhaps make a new recipe that is out of your usual cuisine. Explore the flavors and note your reaction.

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He not busy being born is busy dying – Bob Dylan The other day I had coffee with Hal, the father of one of our chavurah members. He had just written his second novel, this o...
by rabbi russ resnik in besorah
I love it that adaptability is included among the middot. If it weren't, we might be tempted to think of mussar as simply a set of rules, and rigid adherence as the way to virtue. W...
by rabbi russ resnik in daily living
Once upon a time, a father and a son went to sell their old horse in the market. While they were on their way to the market, a group of people commented, “We have never seen s...
by rebbetzin malkah in stories
An older man is driving down the freeway and his car phone rings. When he answers, he hears his wife's voice urgently warning him, "Herman, I just heard on the news that there's a c...
by rabbi russ resnik in torah
The middah of adaptability is fundamental to existence; it is characteristic of God Himself. For centuries, the Sages puzzled over the question of how anything besides God can ...
by rav carl kinbar in daily living
It is rather incredible to think of all the ways in which God “adapts”  in order for us to perceive and know him. He provides us with different modes of communication and...
by rabbi benjamin ehrenfeld in besorah
"An increase of flexibility in the mind and the heart is a gift that benefits all who come in contact with us." -- Hart Lazer in introduction to Aleph Bet Yoga by Steven A. Rapp ...
by rebbetzin malkah in daily living
Soon after this R. Eleazar son of R. Simeon entered [the Beit Hamidrash] and expounded thus, "A man should always be gentle as the reed and let him never be unyielding as the ced...
by rebbetzin malkah in mesorah

 

accounting


Use these questions to evaluate your day: What were the seeds that started to erode your adaptibility today? Were there circumstances where you struggled with adapting? What was...

quotes


The LORD had said to Abram, "Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you. I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you...

 

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daily living


I love it that adaptability is included among the middot. If it weren't, we might be tempted to think of mussar as simply a set of rules, and rigid adherence as the way to virtue. W...
The middah of adaptability is fundamental to existence; it is characteristic of God Himself. For centuries, the Sages puzzled over the question of how anything besides God can ...
"An increase of flexibility in the mind and the heart is a gift that benefits all who come in contact with us." -- Hart Lazer in introduction to Aleph Bet Yoga by Steven A. Rapp ...

torah


During the first few months, when Barbara and I first began attending Beit HaShofar, I was told by a very smart congregant that mules and donkeys were very intelligent. I poopo...
An older man is driving down the freeway and his car phone rings. When he answers, he hears his wife's voice urgently warning him, "Herman, I just heard on the news that there's a c...

besorah


He not busy being born is busy dying – Bob Dylan The other day I had coffee with Hal, the father of one of our chavurah members. He had just written his second novel, this o...
It is rather incredible to think of all the ways in which God “adapts”  in order for us to perceive and know him. He provides us with different modes of communication and...

mesorah


Soon after this R. Eleazar son of R. Simeon entered [the Beit Hamidrash] and expounded thus, "A man should always be gentle as the reed and let him never be unyielding as the ced...

meditation


The Hebrew word for adaptable is sagil. ...

stories


Once upon a time, a father and a son went to sell their old horse in the market. While they were on their way to the market, a group of people commented, “We have never seen s...

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