3 minutes to readParsha [Passage of Scripture] Nugget [Precious Idea] Shemos – Exodus 1:1-6:1 My mom spent her career in bookkeeping and accounting. Even as a kid, I knew she didn’t like it. Now retired, she feels she can pursue her passion. My mom has always wanted to be a writer. Her father taught art at Yale University. His paintings adorn the walls of all the families’ homes. Her younger sister has published a book. But logic dominated her work life. She had to support a family. Maybe if I’d understood Parshas Shemos sooner I could have convinced her to take a different path:
"Now the king of Egypt spoke to the Hebrew midwives…and the second one’s name Puah." ( Shemos /Exodus 1:15)This Sabbath’s parsha begins the second book of the… Read More
3-½ minutes to readWhen you talk to civilians about your military experiences do you feel like a foreigner? You say something and you get that head nod. It’s the one indicating comprehension while the eyes tell you the person doesn’t know what you’re talking about. That’s what you face when job-hunting after military service. The vast majority of civilians have never heard of a military occupation code (MOC). They have no idea what you did.
2-½ minutes to readParsha [Passage of Scripture] Nugget [Precious Idea] Vayechi – Genesis 47:28-50:26 Have you noticed the longer a colleague stays in the military the more his identity merges with his service branch? Leadership encourages this in the interest of esprit de corps. As you move on from military service have you shifted to a civilian outlook? If you see yourself only as a veteran it’s going to be a tough transition. Take an object lesson from Parshas Vayechi :
“A lion cub is Judah… The scepter shall not depart from Judah….’” ( Bereshis /Genesis 49:9-10)This Sabbath’s parsha concludes the book of Genesis. Jacob was near death. He asked Joseph to swear not to bury him in Egypt. Rather, he wanted to be interred in the cave of Machpelah in Canaan with… Read More
2 minutes to readWhere do you want to triumph this year? Among the big three of health, finances, and family, which is most urgent? You want to pick all three, don’t you? I get it. How can you say you want to make your health your top focus? Isn’t family the most important? They bore so much neglect when you were on active duty. Are you going to prioritize your career over them now? Your mind tells you one thing. Your heart draws another conclusion.
2-½ minutes to readParsha [Passage of Scripture] Nugget [Precious Idea] Vayigash – Genesis 44:18-47:27 Finding your next job in the military was so simple. You got in touch with your branch manager or detailer. You negotiated based on available billets. Done. Private sector job hunting seems so complicated. You have to deal with resumes, job boards, applications, and interviews. But Parshas Vayigash shows the crucial job-hunting tactic is 3600 years old:
“…make them livestock officers over what is mine.’” ( Bereshis /Genesis 47:6)In this Sabbath’s parsha , Joseph’s brothers showed they had learned their lesson. Judah stepped forward to take Benjamin’s place as a slave. Overcome with emotion, Joseph revealed himself to his brothers. He convinced them to bring Jacob and their households to Egypt where he would take care of them. At first, Jacob did… Read More