Tag Archive: Rabbi Harold Kushner

Oct 05 2016

Happiness = Goodness/How to Be Happy

HOW TO BE HAPPY Make the decision to be happy Make the best of whatever comes your way Understand that everything has a price Speak in positive ways Expect less and appreciate more Find ways to give back to the community Care for your body through food and exercise Make time to be with the …

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Sep 07 2015

How To Be Good

HOW TO BE GOOD   As we come together this evening to begin the High Holiday season in earnest, we all are, or should be, obsessed with one question- “How to Be Good”, which is coincidentally, the name of a novel by Nick Hornby which I read this past year. The title was guaranteed to …

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May 12 2015

Veteran’s Convocation- Maricopa Colleges- May 2015

Members of the Maricopa Community College Governing Board, Chancellor Rufus Glasper and members of the Executive Council, administrators, faculty and staff, parents and friends, and, most of all, fellow veterans! It is a privilege to stand before you today and celebrate your achievement with you and your loved ones. On 22 May, 1978, I raised …

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Jun 22 2014

Korach and Jealousy

a commentary on Parshat Korach, Numbers 16:1-18:32 The rabbis were very threatened by Korach, the lead in our story this week. He represented the most serious rebellion against Moses’ authority in the wilderness, as he and his followers challenged Moses and Aaron: “You have gone too far! For all the community are holy, all of …

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Jun 13 2014

Grasshoppers and Courage

Personal courage is one of 7 Army Values.  Captain Matthew Riggs, in an essay on this value, writes that, “Personal Courage as defined by the Army, is to face fear, danger or adversity. Personal Courage is the ability one has to overcome a difficult task or situation with steadfastness, or in contrast, to do the …

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Apr 07 2014

Ten Strategies for Spiritual Resilience

Beginning this talk by saying thank you is not just an exercise in protocol.  It speaks directly to the theme of this gathering, which is, Spiritual Fitness.  Becoming an appreciative person is a top strategy for spiritual fitness.    1.   Cultivate an attitude of gratitude.  There is a reason that the phrase “count your blessings” …

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Dec 09 2013

Fort Huachuca Prayer Luncheon 2013- Chanukkah

Thank you so much for this opportunity to reflect with you on this season of holidays. Chanukkah is the only Jewish holiday that celebrates a military victory, so it is a particularly appropriate theme for us to consider here at Fort Huachuca. Despite its proximity to Christmas, the two holidays are unrelated. Chanukkah celebrates the …

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