Change as a Window to Abundance

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"If we fear change, we are blind to the abundance of life" - M. Nepo What aspect of life's abundance has this dramatic change brought you into contact with? If that abundance is hard to see, that may be because we have become so accustomed to looking in narrow, confined spaces for it. Funny enough, those narrow, confined spaces may be "out there" in the ever expanding world of our next moment's…

The Sweetness of the Stinging Nettle - A Parenting Lesson

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These small plants commonly found along the Eastern seaboard can hurt. But if you carefully cut the nettle at its stem, it's insides serve as the perfect remedy. Pain is always best sweetened at its source. If you can slowly, gently enter and listen, it will share with you its secret of what is truly important. A mother gets angry at her four year old son Josh for not listening...again. She yells.…

3 Relationship Myths (and the truth)

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False Relationship Belief #1 Myth: You never hurt someone you love Fact: You most hurt (and are hurt by) someone you love. Not on purpose, of course, but pain is the price we pay for caring about someone deeply. The true love that is the stuff of a marriage is about what you do AFTER the hurt happens. False Relationship Belief #2 Myth : Happy marriage requires compromise. Fact: Compromise…

Sinners, Speak Up!

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This time of the Jewish year, there is a lot of talk about asking God for forgiveness. Some of us show up for that experience but most don’t. I have this strange sense that for those that don’t, it’s not that they couldn't care less. They care, a lot. The problem is that they have given up on God caring. Pain and then distance has crept into the relationship and we have no idea why we are being…

Marriage on The Moon

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“Tu B’Av” is the greatest Jewish holiday most Jews have never heard of. It’s the day that our tradition openly addresses the longing for of a loving, intimate relationship. Like other holidays (Sukot, Passover), it coincides with a full moon. Unlike, those other holidays, the full moon of Tu B’Av follows just a few days after the saddest and most painful day of the Jewish calendar - Tisha…

Have We Been Here Before?

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In this presentation, R. Bloom shows how the description of marriage in the Book of Genesis along and contemporary research on adult attachment merge to illuminate your recurring argument. Why do married couples often seem to have "the same fight" over and over again? Most importantly, how do you break the pattern? This class can be presented as a lecture or in-depth text study. Approximate Length:  Text…