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Brothers who Hate

Some times the biggest interpersonal issues are with those closest to us. How do we like the people we love?

Stop Projecting

What does chassidus say about projecting my own issues onto others?

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Friends

What role do friends play in our lives and how open should we be with each other?

Venting

Does Chassidus approve of venting sessions?

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Fargin

Why do so many find the need to focus on the faults of the other?

Healthy Critique

Is there a healthy way to offer critique?

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Meditation

What does meditating look like through the eyes of Chassidus?

Infinite Joy

How can thinking about Hashem's awesomeness lead to true joy?

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Sinful Service

I am completely dedicated to Hashem and to Yiddishkeit. Can my Avodah be considered "sinful"?

Relative Truth

"Truth" seems to be the one absolute out there. Or is it? Are there multiple truths?

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Egotistical Humility

I always thought humility is the exact opposite of ego; so how is it that I feel proud of being humble?

Irrational Envy

While hate can be irrational, envy seems to be sourced in legitimate feelings of inadequacy. Or is it?

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Good Jealousy

Is there room for any jealousy in Avodas Hashem, and if yes, then how do I know which one I have?

My Simple Friend

Could there be an ulterior motive for hanging around simple people?

 

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E Pluribus Unum

"From many, One!" How can 2+2=1?

All Or Nothing?

Is G‑d all encompassing, which implies that all of reality is included within Himself; or is he above and beyond any form of existence? Or can it be both?

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Moment of Silence

Teaching requires communication and the sharing of ideas. But what role does silence play in the classroom?

The Essence of darkness

A bit of light dispels much darkness. But does darkness always need vanquishing?

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Loss of Words

At my morning cup of coffee I come up with wonderful innovations to perfect my business, but when I try sharing them, I find myself at a loss of words. Is this indicative that all my ideas are just hot air?

Non-Linear Thinking

My chavrusa is the ultimate linear thinker. His thought process is methodical, step by step and always comes to developed logical conclusions. I just don't relate to it and feel that's it's too constructing. Am I just being lazy?

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Detail Oriented

I abhor the process but love the energy of new projects. How do I learn the art of detail oriented implementation?

Men are from Chochmah, Women are from Bina

Men are obsessed with creation and innovation, and women are all about the specifics and the steps. Are marriages destined to perpetual conflict and misunderstanding?

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Pleading the 5th

The Amora Rav was once stumped with a challenge on his Halachic ruling, and despite his silence, the Halacha still follows his view. Is silence always admission?

The Principals Office

Everytime I was there, my knees would shudder and I couldn't get a word in. But somehow the fear I knew I would feel, was never enough to stop me from making trouble till I was back again. Why the disconnect?

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Missing the Forest for the Trees

My speeches are always dramatic with deeply relevant messages for my audience. But I always get stuck in the closing remarks and I can never drive the point home. How can I recapture the vision with a poignant takeaway message?

A Point With Some Flair

The letter _Yud_ depicts the seminal point of discovery and creativity. But it's artistic shape is a lot more nuanced and dynamic than a point or dot. What is the full story of the _Yud_?

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Chapter 26


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The marriage counselor

My husband and I finally agreed to speak to a third party about our disagreements.

What characteristic is a must-have when it comes to a mediator, or go-between?

Safe Space

We all crave safe spaces; where strife and conflict are absent, and in addition to tolerance there is a cohesive union of people with diverse backgrounds and mindsets.

Is this just a utopian dream, or is there a critical ingredient that can make it happen?

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Missing the Forest for the Trees

I struggle with communication. I naturally dominate conversations and feel the urge to have my voice heard. When I try to give others a chance to speak, my thoughts easily drift. How do I share my convictions with my partner without taking over the show?

Light or Dark?

Life consists of highs and lows. When we are in the dark, we cannot fathom that bright moments exist, and when we're doing fine, we find it hard to relate to suffering. How do we calibrate our experiences?