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Seeking the Good - Weekly Thoughts of Rabbi Mordecai Finley - BASICS OF WISDOM WORK II

Two weeks ago I wrote that practical, day to day wisdom, has a simple foundation: insight into the motivations and goals in yourself and in others, and to understand where in the process of life you are. Here I would like to give an example of acquiring that basic, practical wisdom, how one goes about discovering rational motivations and goals.

A long time ago I counseled a young man involved in his family's rather lucrative business. He was really suffering at how his dad and older brother were treating him. He complained th...

Reflections on the Weekly Torah Portion - Emor - Processes of the Soul

One of the most influential changes in my thinking about religion has to do with the holidays, the greatest focus of this week's Torah portion, Emor. My Jewish education up until the time I discovered Kabbalah and Chasidism saw holidays as a commemoration of that which happened in the past, and as an opportunity for the study of the values we derive from that event. Passover celebrates a past event, the Exodus, and we study the value of freedom, for example.

The Kabbalah, on the other hand, sees the world down here as an ech...

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