Posts

Of Hooves, Paws and the Play of Forms

/
A ongoing question I ask myself: "Am I losing myself in everyday events and circumstances? Am I too immersed, too bound to the "forms" that never cease to occupy the space of my existence?" When situations hook me into emotional experiences that narrow my perspective and overwhelm my available resources, I know the balance is off. Looking for an appropriate lens to moderate this experience, I recently…

The Spiritual Origins of Insomnia

/
In this insightful presentation Rabbi Bloom uncovers the spiritual nature of Insomnia and provides understandings as well as therapeutic tools to help overcome it. This class can be presented as a lecture or in-depth text study. Approximate Length:  Text Study - 45 minutes Lecture - 20 minutes Target Audiences: Schools (Parent Night/Adult Ed.) Students (High School/College) …

The Torah's Growth Mindset

/
In this presentation Rabbi Bloom shows how the Torah first authenticated the "Growth Mindset" recently developed by the prominent Stanford psychologist Carol Dweck. He shares how it can foster our own spiritual growth and how we can teach it to our children. This can be presented in a text based study or a lecture format.  Target Audiences: Schools (Professional development/parent education) …

You’re Good, What You Did Wasn't (Vayishlach)

/
“Cursed is their anger..” He only rebuked their display of anger, not them. (Rashi on Genesis 49:6) Teenagers Levi and Shimon, avenging their sister’s disgrace, deceive and destroy an entire city and its inhabitants. Jacob hears and does not approve. Yet, he only reproves them for their display of anger. He says it was wrong, uncalled for and damaging . He does not say that they are violent,…