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The By-Products of Life

Motivational Story About the Value of By-Products   It often happens that a by-product of a manufacturing process proves worthier than the original product of that process. For example, many people know the name of the most famous product of the Bayer Chemical Corporation of Germany. But few are aware that it was discovered by […]

The Dance

A True Story Without a Moral   In Oriental Mythology, the second volume of his comparative study The Masks of God, the famous American mythologist and lecturer Joseph Campbell retells an amusing story. It concerns a Shinto priest and a Western sociologist who met at a conference in Japan in the late 1950s. The Japanese […]

The Muddy Road

A True Story About Judging People   Hara Tanzan was a Soto Buddhist monk who lived for most of the nineteenth century. He was well revered in life and even before his death, there were many stories retold about him. It’s hard to distinguish which of them are true and which are not. This, nevertheless, […]

Value people, not possessions

Value people, not possessions

Some years ago, Elizabeth Taylor experienced a big loss – thieves had broken into her safety deposit box and stole lots of valuables. Later she was asked  – “Did you cry?”, to which she responded, – “I don’t cry for things that won’t cry for me!” What a profound lesson. We spend most of our […]

Meaning in our work

Meaning in our work

There is a story of a prisoner in a Russian labor camp whose job it was to turn a heavy wheel attached to a wall. For twenty-five years the prisoner worked at his backbreaking labor. He assumed that this wheel must be attached to a mill on the other side of the wall; perhaps he […]

Ibn Ezra’s Riddle

A group of students once came to Rabbi Abraham Ibn Ezra (a distinguished Jewish scholar, 1089 – 1164) with complaints against G-d and His seeming injustice for the way He was allowing them to suffer at the hands of their  oppressors. The Ibn Ezra responded by asking them the following riddle: Two men who had been travelling together […]

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