Saturday, December 04, 2021

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Afterword: Some Tips for Parenting Success

Having concluded my presentation of The Seven Steps to Mentschhood, I would like to offer the following suggestions that may help parents achieve success in their efforts at conveying the concept of mentschlichkeit to their children:

  • Consistency: It is not possible for parents to always be on

Living With Loss

I read recently that the nation’s top bereavement experts are petitioning to establish an Office of Bereavement Care in the White House. Our loss due to COVID-19 is such that it is resulting in an epic wave of grief. It is rare to find someone untouched by this loss, whether on a personal or communal level.


The Lifelong Learning of Educators

It is not uncommon for adults to enter fields inspired by childhood experiences. Sometimes those experiences motivate us to follow in the footsteps of someone or something we look up to. Other times, inspiration is born from a need to heal from something and a hope for restoration. Every path has its own hybrid of parts that contribute to


I Don’t + I Want = I Will

I don’t want to feel like a fish with no water.

I want to feel the slight pulsating of the water as I wade.

I will stop for a moment at every meal to practice gratitude.

I don’t want to feel like an overinflated balloon that


‘What Do You Do?’

No matter what subjects we teach, we make a point of teaching students how to engage in meaningful conversation. And no matter what area of study or work a student chooses to pursue as they enter adulthood, the hope is that the conversation remains dynamic and inspired by the different paths that comprised their educational journey thus


Paying Your Junk Forward

Recently I completed two jobs emptying one-bedroom apartments for clients whose mothers had moved to assisted-living facilities. I have become a bit of an expert in the field of emptying out a home and deconstructing someone’s lifelong possessions. Children do not want to see their parents’ belongings thrown


Highland Park Resident Launches Shalom Family Mediation

It’s an oft-told tale: someone who’s lost their job decides to view the occasion as an opportunity and pivots their career to focus on their true passion.

What makes Betzalel Rothstein’s experience so unique is that his passion, and now his profession, will serve to reduce


Seven Steps to Mentschhood

Conclusion: Taking the Path to Mentschhood

Part 1

We have completed our study of the Seven Steps to Mentschhood. Followed carefully, they can provide a concrete set of guidelines for your children as you help them develop those behaviors and character traits that


Parent With Positivity With Sarah Herbsman

Sarah Herbsman is a certified family coach as well as advanced trainer of the Nurtured Heart Approach®. She works with parents and young adults who have tried traditional therapeutic approaches and have come up empty or who just want a coach to help them achieve their goals. With her dual approach of education and coaching,


Getting (Life) Fit

I am very grateful and satisfied in my career as a professional organizer. For some organizers, though, there are times they want to make a change. She or he may wish to continue with a career that helps people, yet take their organizer skill set to a higher level. Some of the organizers I know have upped their game and become a


Eliminating the ‘A’ Word

The “C” word or the “Big C”—that’s how people used to refer to cancer. To say the word aloud elicited shame, embarrassment and even self-blame for being diagnosed with the disease. Having cancer is difficult. Adding feelings of guilt, shame or embarrassment on top of other painful emotions, like sadness and anxiety, only


Seven Steps to Mentschhood

Step #7

Part 2

קדושים תהיו...

“You shall be holy…”

דבר אל כל עדת בני ישראל ואמרת אלהם

קדושים תהיו כי קדוש אני ה’ אלקיכם.

Speak to all of Israel and say to them: You shall be holy—for holy am I, Hashem, your God.


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