Blessing Each Other

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Today in synagogue, we did not have any Kohanim (members of the priestly class) to do the ritual blessing of the people. 


So Rabbi Haim Ovadia did something really creative and beautiful.


He had each of us turn to our neighbor and put our hands over each other’s heads and recite the blessing from the Torah:


“May G-d bless and guide you.

May G-d shine his countenance on you and be gracious to you.

May G-d turn his countenance toward you and grant you peace.”


The gesture of brotherhood and caring for each other was very, very nice, and I got to meet someone new in synagogue today.


People need people…and we need G-d. 


Somehow it makes everything better. 😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

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The Robotization Of Society

Robotization

First, it’s people–just us, living and loving. 
 
Then, we welcome robots into our society for automation, industrialization, and services–they are here to help us.
 
Finally, it’s just the robots–we, the people, are obsolete, replaced, maybe even completely gone!

Think about it. 😉
 
(Source Comic: Andy Blumenthal)

How Many Issues Do You Have?

More Issues Than Vogue
I saw someone with this funny iPhone case in Starbucks.



It says, “More Issues Than Vogue.”



So I was curious how many issues of Vogue have there been…



And I learned that they have published this fashion, beauty, and culture magazine since 1892–more than 120 years!



And in the Vogue archive, they claim to have “more than 400,000 pages in full color.”



I suppose even some of the biggest nuts out there rarely have more “issues” (and pages)…although maybe many would certainly come close. 



But Vogue wins! 😉

People That We Meet Each Day

Faces
This piece of art sort of reminded me of the Sesame Street song “People In Your Neighborhood.”



So, who are the people in your neighborhood?

The people that you meet each day.



We meet and interact with all types of people…funny and nice to mean and scary. 



Sometimes, you can see it on their faces–or especially in their eyes–who they are and what are their intentions. 



Other times, looks can be grossly deceiving, and we really have no clue who or what we are dealing with–psychopath or good samaritan.



Lately, as I meet or pass people, I see them on two distinct levels:



One is the physcial body they are in…their outward manifestation…the shell or outer casing that houses “them.”



Two is the soul or G-dly spirit on the inside…the real them…the part that lived before and will live on even after the outside body is long gone. 



Our bodies are just housings for our souls…some people have physical disabilities, almost like a car that has broken parts over time…but what is inside perceives the greater reality and in a sense is both facilitated through and limited by our bodies–whether whole or broken. 



Sometimes, I feel like I am just looking right through the person and am really seeing their inner essence soul. 



Looks are just outside…inside is the real people we meet each day. 😉



(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Confronting The New

Friends Hugs Excited
As the kids are starting a new school year, I thought these welcome messages in chalk on the sidewalk were interesting and hopeful. 



Everyone needs support when they are starting at a new place or doing something they haven’t done before. 



Doing something new means opportunity for a fresh beginning and the chance to learn and grow, but it also presents changes and challenges. 



The messages the kids drew help to confront these head on asking the other students:



– What is exciting to them and playing up the positives of the new experience.



– Encouraging people to make new friends to help make the adjustment. 



– Offer emotional support with “Free Hugs” and camaraderie.



At times, we all end up in new situations and places.



We may be looking for discovery, adventure, or a chance to do something different or perhaps change our fortunes.



At other times, we may just get thrown into something and may not even be certain exactly how we got there. 



But either way, it definitely helps when we reach out to others and realize that while we are individuals, we are not alone as we go through it.  



People need each other…some more, some less…but no man is an island. 😉



(Source Photos: Andy Blumenthal)

Winning Respect Of The People

Winning Respect Of The People

Please see my new article here in Public CIO Magazine on how we can learn from the technology industry to improve our nation’s government.

“We can solve technological problems beyond our forefathers’ wildest dreams, but we’re challenged to break political gridlock. compromise, make difficult decisions, and forge a balanced, reasoned path forward.”

Hope you enjoy!

Andy

(Source Photo: the talented Michelle Blumenthal)