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Greg Marcus
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Recovering workaholic who helps the chronically overworked find life balance
Recovering workaholic who helps the chronically overworked find life balance

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We need to take this time in our country to heal the wounds within the Jewish community, which means being willing to look within, see our own bias, and choose to act differently
http://forward.com/opinion/letters/362487/letter-to-the-editor-treat-jared-and-ivanka-with-empathy-not-judgement/?attribution=author-article-listing-1-headline

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Are you on #Goodreads?
I'm starting to spend more time on my author page. Come ask me a question.

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Very excited about my guest post on Let's Grow Leaders.

Successful leaders know how to drive change in heartspace as well as headspace

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Want to learn what causes you to get stuck, and start on a spiritual path of healing and balance?

Join more than 20 others in the first ever Moderated American Mussar Cycle. 13 Soul Traits, 13 Weeks, 5 Minutes a day. Share your journey on private web pages for each soul trait.

If you act by Sunday, it will only be $0.99 cents. I'm offering to celebrate the launch of my book "The Spiritual Practice of Good Actions: Finding Balance Through The Soul Traits of Mussar,"

This is the only time the American Mussar Cycle will be this inexpensive.

Click this link to learn more. http://bit.ly/Mussarcycle

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Hey #parents  getting ready for #Seder  #2? Here are 4 tips to make it parent friendly. #passover  

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Two weeks ago we celebrated Rosh Hodesh for Adar II, the month when Purim is celebrated in years with two Adar’s. One of my Yahoo group members asked me when did we begin with Adar I and Adar II so I decided to take a break from book biz and answer his question. 

The need for two Adar’s comes because the Jewish lunar calendar [12 months of either 29 or 30 days] is eleven days shorter than the solar calendar of 365¼ days. This discrepancy means that eventually Pesach would move out of the spring to another season in contradiction to the Torah, which requires it (Ex 13:4, 23:15, 34:18; Deut 16:1) to be a spring festival. The Babylonians, whose months are the same as Jewish ones, merely added an eleven-day festival at year’s end to keep the lunar and solar calendars in sync. But the Jews had to make it complicated by occasionally adding an entire month.

We read in the Talmud that the Rabbis were aware of this problem at least 2000 years ago. At first they decided each Adar whether to add a second Adar by seeing if the barely crop would be ready for harvest after Pesach or if roads to Jerusalem would be passable or too muddy for pilgrims to reach for the festival. Later they would add an extra Adar if it appeared that otherwise Pesach would come before the spring solstice. Eventually, around the 4th century, the Rabbis determined that by creating leap years [with two Adars] that would occur seven times in every 19 years, they could ensure that the Jewish lunar calendar tallied with the solar calendar. This is the same calendar Jews use today.

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Sometimes we can loose touch with our Soul Traits. Stress can get the best of any of us. Mussar provides a faster path back.

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Be a Mensch. Help revive Mussar, an ancient Jewish spiritual practice almost lost in the #Holocaust http://bit.ly/p-mensch #pocketmensch
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