2 minutes to readParsha [Passage of Scripture] Nugget [Precious Idea] Bereishis – Genesis 1:1-6:8 The word friend today means something different than in times past. I have hundreds of friends on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. Some I’ve never met or even spoken with. For a close relationship, place comes to mind. You know you can’t have a strong marriage when you’re never home. Relations with your kids suffer when you have to be away. Likewise, in your relationship with G-d, Parshas Bereishis shows place matters:
“In the beginning of G-d creating the heavens and the earth….” (Genesis/ Bereishis 1:1)The parsha for this Sabbath, Bereishis , begins a new cycle. It tells the story of creation and how Adam and Eve sinned and got thrown out of the Garden of Eden . The conflict between Cain and Abel explains we are our… Read More
3 minutes to readYou came out of the military with marketable skills. Or, you took the time to figure out how to use your military expertise in civilian life. You may have gotten a degree, even an advanced one. Then you earned additional certifications. Your resume describes every skill in detail. Yet application after application goes unanswered. And you received no or negative responses after the few interviews you’ve gotten. You’re committing job search sin #4: Believing it is or should be about having the right skills.
2 minutes to readParsha [Passage of Scripture] Nugget [Precious Idea] Vezos Haberachah – Deuteronomy 33:1-34:12 My daughter finds it difficult to imagine what the future has in store for her. She knows she won’t actually live in Breckindale with Sophie and her friends ( Keeper of the Lost Cities for the uninitiated). And I think she realizes she won’t actually become a telepath. But excluding such fantasies doesn’t help define an aspirational yet achievable future. She shares such impaired vision with many veterans. Do you see the vast potential in your post-military life? Parshas Vezos Haberachah makes clear just how far you can go:
“…his eye had not dimmed, and his vigor had not diminished” (Deuteronomy/ Devarim 34:7)This week’s parsha , read on Simchas Torah , completes the cycle of readings for the year. In it, Moses blesses each of the tribes… Read More
3 minutes to readAfter your tenth call goes unreturned or the 50 th time you’re overlooked for an interview, it’s easy to think civilians don’t care. It’s demoralizing when a non-veteran gets a job that fits you perfectly. A few months of such striking out makes maintaining a positive attitude tough. You start thinking HR people and hiring managers just talk a good game about hiring vets. They don’t come through when it counts. You’re committing job search sin #3: Treating civilians as liars when they say they support veterans.
2 minutes to readParsha [Passage of Scripture] Nugget [Precious Idea] Ha’azinu – Deuteronomy 32:1-52 My daughter experienced her first major life setback last week. It caught her completely by surprise. Much to her chagrin, I cannot fix what happened. Even worse, I had to make it clear she was completely responsible. I wanted to comfort her. But I knew if I did she would not take valuable lessons to heart. Good thing Parshas Ha’azinu explains why adversity is her best friend:
“…like storms winds upon vegetation and like raindrops on grass.” (Deuteronomy/ Devarim 32:2)This week’s parsha is the last Sabbath reading of the cycle. Moses teaches the Israelites a redemptive song. In it he calls on heaven and earth to witness all the disasters that will happen if they stray from G-d. He also describes the joy that… Read More