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May 26, 2016


Sometimes we need someone to turn the flashlight on for us. Other times we need to turn it on for others.” – Lizzie Velasquez[i]

Parsha Behar in a nutshell from

On the mountain of Sinai, G‑d communicates to Moses the laws of the Sabbatical year: every seventh year, all work on the land should cease, and its produce becomes free for the taking for all, man and beast.

Seven Sabbatical cycles are followed by a fiftieth year—the Jubilee year, on which work on the land ceases, all indentured servants are set free, and all ancestral estates in the Holy Land that have been sold revert to their original owners.

Behar also contains additional laws governing the sale of lands, and the prohibitions against fraud and usury.

“..A festival is an appointment with the past, an encounter with an event and phenomenon in our history. It is an opportunity to call forth the particular holiness of the day, to tap the spiritual resources it holds...”

1 A IMG_0654.JPGSitting at a Lag Ba’omer kumzitz listening to Rabbi Sendor and his Alter Jazz Ensemble we are reminded about all that Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai went through in his life and how he was still able to learn and inspire others. He is light unto the nations. On the day of his death, he revealed deep Kabbalistic secrets which formed the basis of the Zohar.  As his passing left such a “light” behind, many candles and/or bonfires are lit to celebrate his life and what he brought to the world.

A few days ago Loren mentioned she had asked a co-worker why she was eating a factory produced soup bowl when she continued to preach how bad factories are for global warming. The response was that she have been too busy to make her own soup. What does this mean?

As someone who loves my #healthylifestyle, diet and exercise have become a very big part of my life. Without going into any further details on this #healthylifestyle I will share some points on from a recent article in the Herald Sun “Give your life a High Five” that listed 5 easy ways to live more healthily based on a book by Dr Sanjiv Chopra[ii] (The Big 5). The five points were –  Drink Coffee, Eat Nuts, Meditation, Vitamin D and Running (and walking). The Article[iii] spoke about the health benefits of these points and quantity required.

“Study shows a link between physical fitness levels in middle-aged adults and brain size later in life:  – Cleveland Clinic[iv]

I recently noticed a picture on social media titled “10 Things that require ZERO talent

  1. Being on time
  2. Work ethic
  3. Effort
  4. Body language
  5. Energy
  6. Attitude
  7. Passion
  8. Being coachable
  9. Doing extra
  10. Being prepared

Rabbi Marc Angel described that when Rabbi Hayyim Angel was still a rabbinical student, he wrote a short statement responding to the question: Who are religious Jews? That statement well reflects ideal Judaism:

“Religious Jews are those whose hearts smile when their mouths do. Religious Jews feel pain in another’s misery, joy in another’s happiness. They know that perfection is impossible, yet they strive for it. They are trees rooted in the earth with their branches extending towards the heavens. Religious Jews are cisterns who do not lose a drop; they are springs of water which steadily increase. They observe the commandments with an adult’s intelligence and a child’s enthusiasm. They act in a manner that is a credit to themselves and which earns them the respect of both Jew and non-Jew. They are prepared to sacrifice for God, their people, their laws, and their homeland. Religious Jews are a unified mass of sand, yet individual stars who shine on the world.”

In recent articles I have read, high profile people and sportsman have shared the high and lows of their lives as professionals and have provided great insights, lessons on humility, sportsmanship and general “wisdom and experience”:

  • Runner – Jess Trengove Blog – Dealing with Injury[v]
  • Steve Waugh shares tips with Nick Maxwell’s GWS Giants young leaders group[vi]
  • Chief Wiggum’s wisdom: Simpsons voice actor Hank Azaria gives life advice to students[vii]
  • Triathlete Emma Jackson shares her disappointment at not been chosen for the Rio Olympics and what she has learnt[viii]

As a father, husband, Jew, employee and #healthylifestyle advocate I need to learn to “walk the talk”. This attitude requires effort, thought and often hard work (not to mention lots of training). I think that by combining all these aspects into the way that we conduct our lives and deal with others, hopefully we can be a light and inspiration to all.

[i] Elizabeth Ann “Lizzie” Velásquez is an American motivational speaker and author. She has a rare congenital disease which, among other symptoms, impedes her from accumulating body fat.







[viii]  – ejjacko91Disappointed that 2016 won’t be the year to rep the green and gold at my second Olympics but when your results over the last year just aren’t up to the high standard required there is nowhere to hide. The last 18 months haven’t been easy but as long as it teaches me to appreciate the highs, learn from the lows and enjoy the one hell of a roller coaster ride elite sport takes you on then I’ll be happy. 
Congratulations to the Aussie athletes selected for the team and I’m sure you will all do Australia proud on race day 🇦🇺 👊.



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One Comment
  1. Mom permalink

    Excellent, loved all your insight &a comments. Well done. 👍👍👍👍

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