Tactical Mitzvot

A great rabbi once said that it is easier to memorize the entire Babylonian Talmud than to change one character trait.  Self-improvement is one of the greatest and most difficult challenges that a person faces.  How does one go about overcoming a negative trait? The answer was supplied by my karate teacher many years ago (when I was fit and flexible).  He said, “Always attack where the opponent is weakest.” The ...

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Oil Changes

I just returned from taking my car for an oil change and safety inspection.  We do not only regularly inspect our cars, but, as someone who flies a lot, I happen to know (and am very happy that) the FAA inspects every plane on a regular basis. We do inspections all the time; cars, airplanes, fire detectors and computers. All our transportation methods and many other complex technologies get inspected ...

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Mow The Lawn

Now that Memorial Day has passed and it is officially “summer” I feel obligated to mow the lawn so that my grandson can actually play there without stumbling over abandoned vehicles.  As I was mowing I was thinking about the fact that we feel the need to cut the grass. By association, I also thought of the fact that I had recently trimmed my beard, which was very fully grown ...

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