Inspired in Brooklyn

We finally made it to Brooklyn and it feels good. We've got Obies around and in the heart of chasidic NY. Devorah and I also were able to celebrate our 14th wedding anniversary together with a beautiful dinner and even more beautiful conversation. (btw if you are in NYC we would love to see you, so please send us a message). As the old Jewish adage goes if you change you location, you change your "mazel". So my mazel has become pretty introspective this week here is what I've been up to.

I just started listening to a podcast called Potential State. Someone recommended this podcast to me and when I heard the name i realized it was my friend Galit Romanelli's husband Dr. Assael Romaneli. The topic of the podcast is about best relating to yourself and others and Assael brings his knowledge as a therapist into your ears. Its pretty awesome. I'd start with the 2nd episode called Supermen, Superwomen. Some episodes are 2 minute, most are around 15 minutes and a few are longer.

Some art I've been enjoying is called Parsha Posters from Hillel Smith of California. He makes amazing graphic representations of each weeks Torah portion. Kinda want to get some prints for the Chabad House walls.

In a similar vein to the podcast I'm listening to, I've started reading "It's Within You It’s Within You: A Detailed Road Map to Igniting, Deeper Self-Worth, Richer Relationships, and Greater Personal Freedom by Aryeh Weinstein and Ilene Cohen PhD . It's a fantastic book that is a powerful synthesis of modern psychology and Ancient Spiritual Wisdom. What if you could just stop worrying about what others think of you? How much more could you accomplish in life?ONE simple shift could make it happen…Burned out. Struggling. Undervalued. Conflicted. Invalidated. Anxious. Angry. Empty. All signs that your self-worth isn’t coming from within. We’ve all been there, and it’s not a place where healthy relationships, personal freedom, and peace of mind can thrive.

And lastly, I've watched this video about three times already. I've wanted to express so many of the thoughts here but could never find the words. Brian Strauss the rabbi of the Conservative synagogue Beth Yeshurun in Houston Texas shared some of his thoughts and experiences about Chabad and summed it up rather perfectly here.

Have a great Shabbos
p.s. I'd love to hear what you are reading/listening to/watching. Let me know. And for a bonus follow me on Insta for some great pics of Brooklyn @Obierabbi

Posted on July 19, 2019 .