UI 077: Visions of the Anointed: Dehumanization & Globalization

We are approaching a tipping point in our world.   A very patient and tireless crowd (ie. the "elites") has influenced the masses into being lulled to believe what the media reports is truth, what the experts say is irrefutable, and what celebrities say is significant and important.  While our society maybe very literate compared to our recent past, it makes no difference because they lack the … [Read more...]

UI 075: Get your life straight. Reprioritizing and Refocusing to Reach Your Desired Destination

Have you ever had to take a step back from your life and look at where you are and where you are going? I've been going through some of that, and so I decided to share that with you on this week's podcast. Sometimes we discover we are not where we'd like to be, or who we'd like to be, or perhaps how we'd like to be.  We take an honest look out ourselves and are displeased with the current … [Read more...]

UI 074: 3 Lessons For Starting Over

Sometimes I talk about ultimate issues in the big, global, macro arena and other times it's a small, personal, micro subject.  This week's topic, while a big deal, is more of a micro, personal subject. The Issue is about  Starting Over... Too often people quit before they ever start... and that is definitely a problem (you can check out my very first podcast for more on that … [Read more...]

UI 073: Why Be Happy?

Since we are celebrating Sukkot, and Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles or Festival of Booths) is supposed to be JOYOUS, I figure I should do a show on happiness.  After all, God commands us to be happy for Sukkot so it must be an ultimate issue. But first, some questions. Why should we be happy?  Should we be happy?  What does it really mean to "be happy"? If you truly are happy, GREAT! … [Read more...]

UI 071: Forgiveness and Atonement

Since there seems to be a theme that's developed over the last few podcasts, I figured why not continue the series. So where are we now? Now, we are coming up on Yom Kippur the "Day of Atonement." This is a very special and holy day.   This is the day were we stand before God and atone for what we've done, and He listens.  Now before you tune out, just bear with me.  Once again, … [Read more...]

UI 070: Brutally Honest Introspections, Criticisms, and Change

Are you brutally honest with yourself? Do you maybe sugar coat your short comings or down play some of your transgressions? If you are a little like me then you too are a master at deceit and misdirection. What do I mean by that? It's coming up on what are referred to as the "High Holy Days.  Rosh Hashanah (New Year), Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement), and Sukkot (Festival of … [Read more...]

Parsha Nitzavim-Vayelech: The Longer Shorter Way

This we read parsha Nitzavim-Vayelech which is really a double portion.  Parsha Nitzavim-Vayelech consists of Deuteronomy 29:9–31:30.  Nitzavim means  “ones standing” and Vayelech means "then he went out."  You can find a brief summary here. From Chabad.org Said Rabbi Yehoshua ben Chananiah: "Once a child got the better of me." "I was traveling, and I met with a child at a crossroads. I … [Read more...]

UI 069: What is Your Primary Question?

The questions we ask ourselves determine not only what we think about, but also how we think.   And our thoughts impact or decisions.  And our decision impact our behavior.  Over the course of our lives our behaviors impact our destiny.  So way back along our journey we started with questions. Today, you still ask yourself fundamental questions that have tremendous influence over you and your … [Read more...]

UI 068: Losing America… How Did We Get Here?

This week we explore an ultimate issue raised during a conversation I was having with a friend who is my elder, and thus has greater wisdom and life experience than I.  I am still of the opinion that respect for elders is a good and necessary thing for society... though that is unfortunately not the current trend. In an interesting discussion this man offered his theory about why America is in … [Read more...]

UI 067: DIET… What Your Doctor Doesn’t Know and Your Trainer Won’t Tell You.

Amazingly I actually got to catch a snippet of the Dennis Prager show live today (Tuesday Sep. 2, 2014.) But I only got to catch a call that really annoyed me, though it inspired this podcast. Dennis had been discussing that there has been another study declaring doctors and scientists are clueless about dieting for weightloss  (and I'm paraphrasing of course... My words, not Dennis Prager's.)  … [Read more...]