3 minutes to readI’ve spent the last four years helping veterans reintegrate into civilian life. Despite all the resources the military has put into transition assistance programs, half of veterans struggle. You may know what I mean. It’s not just disabled vets or those with PTS who have a hard time. The unemployment rate for veterans remains higher than civilians. Young male vets fare the worse. As well, veterans report being underemployed at double the rate of non-veterans. So many who get a job feel lucky. And in fact, often it was just dumb luck. As a result, you don’t want to leave a job for fear you won’t get lucky a second time. Civilian life was supposed to be great. But when you’re stuck doing work you hate it isn’t. While you got solid skills in the military,… Read More
2 minutes to readParsha [Passage of Scripture] Nugget [Precious Idea] Nitzavim – Deuteronomy 29:9-30:20 Repeatability is one of the coolest aspects of science. Isn’t such orderliness irresistible? Articles all over the Internet purport to tell you the “SCIENCE of….” Others give you “The Solution to…, Backed by Science.” Parshas Nitzavim explains the surprising barrier of believing in predictability:
“For this commandment that I command you today, it is not hidden from you…” (Deuteronomy/ Devarim 30:11)In this Sabbath’s parsha there is little time left for Moses to teach the Israelites what they need to know to live in the land. First, he renews the covenant. He again warns against idolatry. Then he prophesies what will happen when the Jewish people forget his charge.
3 minutes to readParsha [Passage of Scripture] Nugget [Precious Idea] Ki Savo – Deuteronomy 26:1-29:8 When in the middle of a fight, ever thought, “Where is this coming from?” I have, even when I started the argument. Hannah and I never quarrel when we feel connected. One of us has to create distance between us so the feud has a place to grow. Separation also allows me to craft a scenario in my head to support my grievance. The reality of the situation doesn’t matter. When I read Parshas Ki Savo , I realized this process permeates life:
“…all of these blessings will come upon you and cleave to you…” and “…all of these curses will come upon you and overtake you.” (Deuteronomy/ Devarim 28:2 and 15)In this Sabbath’s parsha , the Israelites continue preparations for entering the Land of Israel… Read More
2-½ minutes to readLike most of us, I got advantages and disadvantages from my upbringing. We’d lived in five different cities and eight houses by the time I was nine years old. Maintaining friendships has been a challenge for me ever since. My dad was an engineer (electronics not train-driver). Throughout the 1960s and 1970s, he would get work on a project and once the contract was done move on. Not a recipe for financial stability. But I was fortunate to have received many blessings from my parents. After their love and belief in my success, the most important is they made me a reader.