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Dr. Leff’s Guide to Happiness

May 30, 2014
Dr. Leff’s Guide to Happiness

Everyone wants to be happy. America’s Declaration of Independence enshrines the “pursuit of happiness” as a core American value. I’ve written about “The Secret of Happiness” before – my conclusion then being that happiness is a result not a goal. Last week I read an article someone posted on Facebook about happiness: “The Way...
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Israel Trail Day 42: Crossing Makhtesh Ramon to Gevanim

May 29, 2014
Israel Trail Day 42: Crossing Makhtesh Ramon to Gevanim

May 20, 2014 Wikiloc Map: Makhtesh Ramon to Gevanim Distance: 24.6 km (15.3 miles) Total distance since Tel Dan: 865km / 536 miles When I tell people I’m doing the Israel Trail in sections, they often ask “how do you deal with getting back to your car?” I think I’ve now covered all the...
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Bamidbar 5774 – Finding God in the Wilderness

May 22, 2014

And the Lord spoke to Moses in the wilderness of Sinai …Numbers 1:1 Regular readers of this blog know that I’ve been spending a lot of time in the desert lately. My 35th day on the Israel Trail, back in February, was my first “real day in the desert.” I’ve now spent 8 days...
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Dick Laine, z”l (may his memory be a blessing)

May 18, 2014
Dick Laine, z”l (may his memory be a blessing)

I heard the sad news today that long-time friend Dick Laine passed away yesterday. Dick was a guy I found inspirational both personally and professionally. On the personal level, he took up running at the age of 50 when he found he couldn’t fit into his Army Reserve uniform (if my memory is correct...
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Bechukotai 5774 – Blessings and Curses

May 16, 2014

This week’s Torah reading, Bechukotai, contains the tokecha, the “rebuke.” God tells us if we follow the rules, things will be good for us and we’ll enjoy blessings.  And if we don’t follow the rules, things will be bad.  REALLY bad.  One verse says we’ll be eating our children. I never could connect with that...
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Israel Trail Days 40 and 41: Sde Boker to Makhtesh Ramon

May 15, 2014
Israel Trail Days 40 and 41: Sde Boker to Makhtesh Ramon

Day 40: May 4, 2014 Wikiloc Map: Sde Boker to Ein Shaviv Day 41: May 5, 2014 Wikiloc Map: Ein Shaviv to Makhtesh Ramon Day 40 Mileage: 12.8 (21km) Day 41 Mileage: 17.2 (27.7km) Total distance since Tel Dan: 521 miles / 840km These two days on the trail were the first time I...
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