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Thursday, 09 June 2011 22:05

calmness and the face(s) of God

Written by rabbi benjamin ehrenfeld

art-traffic“Show me the goodness, the beauty, the kindness in every one I meet.”  – Rebbe Nachman of Breslov, The Gentle Weapon

Harsh words and attitudes rarely come primarily as a result of holy anger or indignation. Most of us would like to pretend this is the case, however. It is much more soothing to the ego to suggest that outbursts of anger come as a result of being legitimately wronged, rather than admitting that the root is more likely fear and insecurity.

Friday, 11 March 2011 11:43

calm in the midst of the storm

Written by rabbi michael schiffman

art-nestKeeping one’s cool, or calmness, is a fairly important middah, or characteristic for a person to have. When a person is calm, they can act from their intelligence instead of from their emotions. When we act from emotions, we often make mistakes we regret later.

Friday, 11 March 2011 11:39

staying in calm

Written by rabbi paul saal

art-hurricaneIn the fall of 1985 Hurricane Gloria worked its way up the eastern coast of the United States, eventually crossing the Long Island Sound and passing over Milford, Connecticut where I resided with my family. To the best of my knowledge, I had never before seen a category 4 hurricane or anything close to it.  So as the storm was developing over the small beach community, I drove to a public beach and parked in the empty municipal lot. As I trudged toward the beach, I fought through my way through the torrid winds and driving rain. I was able to get within about 100 yards of where low tide should have been before being hit with the spray of the crashing waves. This was the end of my misplaced bravado, and I ran back to my car and drove toward home and high ground.

Thursday, 09 December 2010 13:33

dot calm

Written by rav rafael


It seems like whenever I turn to one of the cable TV news channels I see “Breaking News” scrolling across the bottom with some detail I used to think I shouldn’t care about.  But now I sit and stare as the details slowly scroll across the screen.  It’s amazing what constitutes breaking news nowadays.  We see the same thing on Internet news sites. That special red box appears at the top of the page telling us what is breaking on the news scene.  But, over the last few years, I have found myself more and more desensitized when I see “BREAKING NEWS” plastered across the screen.

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