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Posts by Yosef Farhi

THE ART OF CONTEMPLATION

THE ART OF CONTEMPLATION Parashat Devarim G-d told Moshe,  הָב֣וּ לָ֠כֶם אֲנָשִׁ֨ים חֲכָמִ֧ים וּנְבֹנִ֛ים Appoint for yourselves judges that are wise and intelligent men. It is not enough to be wise and knowledgeable in Torah. One needs to also have intelligence, the ability to contemplate, discern and deduce. Moshe was commanded to choose, as judge,…

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THE ART OF HEARTFELT PRAYER

THE ART OF HEARTFELT PRAYER Parashat Mattot Masei R’ Y. Eibshitz (1694- 1764 Prague) was once challenged by the king of his day. “In your books, it says that Mashiach will come as a poor person riding a donkey. גִּילִ֨י מְאֹ֜ד בַּת־צִיּ֗וֹן הָרִ֙יעִי֙ בַּ֣ת יְרוּשָׁלִַ֔ם הִנֵּ֤ה מַלְכֵּךְ֙ יָ֣בוֹא לָ֔ךְ צַדִּ֥יק וְנוֹשָׁ֖ע ה֑וּא עָנִי֙ וְרֹכֵ֣ב עַל־חֲמ֔וֹר…

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THE ART OF EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION

THE ART OF EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION Parashat Pinhas Effective communication is definitely an art.  Non-effective communicators don’t ask themselves the seven questions before communicating.  Who is the right person to relay the message? What is the right thing to say? To whom? With whom? Where is the right place to say it? How is the right…

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THE ART OF IMAGINATION

THE ART OF IMAGINATION Parashat Hukat The Jews spoke badly about G-d and Moshe: Why did they take us out of Egypt, to die in the desert? There is no bread, no water, and our soul is repulsed by the disgusting bread (the Mannah). G-d sent in the people poisonous snakes, and they bit the…

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THE ART OF NARRATION

THE ART OF NARRATION Parashat Korah Your life decisions and everyday decisions are generally limited and confined to your four S’s. Social (the people you associate with and see, role models, community), State of mind (emotion, mood, physiology, etc.), Structure (what is most accessible, easy, simple, available), and Story ( the narrative of your life…

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