Managing Expectations

As I write this, I’m circling on a small plane somewhere above the New York metropolitan area. We’ve been delayed because of air traffic concerns and weather. How do I know this? The pilot has used the PA system several times and done a pretty decent job...

Where’s the Brake?

When I get into a car, I have a few basic expectations of how the car will work. There will be a steering wheel, gas pedal, brake pedal, etc. Some things, like the radio and air conditioner, I know will be different and take a few moments to get oriented to, but...

A Staircase to…?

Tuesday started off with an unusual request. On my way to run one of the high school’s alternative minyanim, I was stopped by a group of seniors on the staircase. “Dr. Yares,” they asked, “Can we have our grade level minyan today?” Now, these same students have been...

Goats and Lemons

Here is an interesting question to begin your Shabbat with. What do goats and lemons have in common? On the surface, not much. One is an animal and the other is a fruit, but somehow they both send the same powerful message. Two weeks ago, we read the double parashah...

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