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What happens if you extract a little blood from a hibernating ground squirrel, preserve it till the summer and inject it into another squirrel? That active little mammal with his bushy tail will instantly go into hibernation. We don’t clearly understand if cold weather sets off the chemical changes in... Continue reading
Posted Dec 28, 2010 at Rabbi Daniel Lapin's Blog
I love this season. I don’t celebrate Christmas but I respect it and enjoy its sights and sounds. I enjoy the music in the malls. I enjoy the lavishly lit displays and colorfully decorated homes. All this is far more noticeable in cities than in remote rural areas. Cities are... Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2010 at Rabbi Daniel Lapin's Blog
“I had to let three of my people go last week” she told me, “and you have no idea how miserable I have been. I wish I could get toughened up so I could do whatever is necessary without feeling such pain!” “No, you don’t,” I replied. “In these frightening... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2010 at Rabbi Daniel Lapin's Blog
Tonight we light the 8th and final light of Chanukah. Chanukah serves as an antidote to one of the most oppressive sensations that torments us all—shortage. We agonize over shortage of money, space, love, health, and friends. Scarcity is even promoted as a part of the sacred sacrament of secularism.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2010 at Rabbi Daniel Lapin's Blog
Tonight, I will not be counting my money by the light of the Chanukah candles. Nor will I do so on any of the remaining evenings of this eight day festival. Unlike the Sabbath candles or the candles for other holydays, these Chanukah flames must not be used for any... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2010 at Rabbi Daniel Lapin's Blog
My wife and I love receiving the thank-you notes a friend sends whenever she is a guest at one of our Shabbat meals. Unlike typical thank-you cards, hers detail the experiences at our table. She mentions the delicious food, the scintillating conversation, and the stimulating company. (I am quoting from... Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2010 at Rabbi Daniel Lapin's Blog
It was profoundly disturbing when a member of my congregation told me that he didn’t care that his father had just passed away. They had been estranged for years, he explained. For my part, I encouraged him to observe the traditional mourning routine, but my words fell on deaf ears.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2010 at Rabbi Daniel Lapin's Blog
“Do you have any questions for me?” I asked the applicant for a position in my organization. “Yes,” she responded. “How many vacation and sick days do I get each year?” Needless to say, she got none from me. There is a right way and many wrong ways to interview... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2010 at Rabbi Daniel Lapin's Blog
During 1969 many young people gathered at rock music festivals at Woodstock in upstate New York and at Altamont in Northern California. Both events were as much about sex and violence as about music and despite the veneer of innocuous love, both had a dark undercurrent. Rapes, brutal beatings, numerous... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2010 at Rabbi Daniel Lapin's Blog
I recently eavesdropped on a conversation taking place at a table adjacent to mine. A customer in the Dallas kosher restaurant in which I was having dinner was talking to the waitress. After thanking the waitress for excellent service, he asked what she did when she wasn’t waiting tables. When... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2010 at Rabbi Daniel Lapin's Blog
Four years ago, Business Week magazine ran a story about how Hindu thinking was influencing business in the United States. It stated, “Academics and consultants such as C. K. Prahalad, Ram Charan, and Vijay Govindrajan are among the world's hottest business gurus.” It turned out that over 10% of the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2010 at Rabbi Daniel Lapin's Blog
This year’s James Cameron movie, Avatar, introduced many to the wonders of 3-D, a technology providing the illusion of depth in an image. I don’t know if the current excitement about 3-D is a passing fad or whether all movies will soon be in 3-D and all computer screens will... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2010 at Rabbi Daniel Lapin's Blog
I love conducting sales training events for companies with large teams of sales professionals. Needless to say, I don’t reach the ankles of some of the legendary sales and motivational giants such as my friend Zig Ziglar. Nonetheless, Zig pronounces the unique sales strategies from ancient Jewish wisdom that I... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2010 at Rabbi Daniel Lapin's Blog
Earthquakes? No, they do not occur because the gods are angry. They are caused by stressed tectonic plates suddenly shifting. One great gift of science is cause and effect, which means that things don’t just happen. For every effect, there is a cause. There is no need to ascribe natural... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2010 at Rabbi Daniel Lapin's Blog
You know those days. You feel unstoppable and on top of the world, walking on air with sheer delight. A real king of the hill. Keep your balance! And then the days when you’re dejected and all alone and your eyes fill with the hot tears of defeat and you... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2010 at Rabbi Daniel Lapin's Blog
I once had someone working for me in sales. He was the hardest worker I knew. He produced the nicest sales graphs—by the dozen. He drew colored charts of projections—by the dozen. But he never managed to make any sales. He was always busy; he just wasn’t doing what he... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2010 at Rabbi Daniel Lapin's Blog
Speech by Rabbi Daniel Lapin Friday night, August 27th, 2010 Glenn Beck’s Divine Destiny Event, Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Washington DC ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Thank you David Barton and thank you Glenn Beck….yes, thank you so very much for making it possible for me to be here with you all... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2010 at Rabbi Daniel Lapin's Blog
Have you ever had the experience of blithely saying something and then, as the words left your lips, instantly regretting them and wishing you could take them back? Unless you’ve been obeying a vow of silence for years, I know the answer. We’ve all had intense remorse over something that... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2010 at Rabbi Daniel Lapin's Blog
Elegant laws of faith and physics link the mysteries of the universe to the banality of human behavior. For instance, they explain why I find it so hard to keep my desk neat, my body thin, and my business profitable. If I shake a jar containing green and red marbles... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2010 at Rabbi Daniel Lapin's Blog
As a youngster who loved woodwork, I remember once announcing to my mother that I was about to build her a spice rack. After a few hours of sawing and gluing, I realized it looked more like a doll house so I asked mom if she’d mind having a doll... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2010 at Rabbi Daniel Lapin's Blog
A few years ago, a large construction company was uneasy about having to change managers in the middle of an important project. They consulted me after they placed Jennifer in charge of developing the new financial controls system. I soon discovered that though she was familiar with the work plan... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2010 at Rabbi Daniel Lapin's Blog
James Bond knew it. Sherlock Holmes knew it. Even Lieutenant Columbo on the NBC show from the 70’s knew it. There are no coincidences in life. If these famous agents and detectives repeatedly spotted someone in their vicinity, they were being followed. If the same gun was used at separate... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2010 at Rabbi Daniel Lapin's Blog
My radio show audience knows my oft-repeated slogan—the more that things change, the more we need to depend upon those things that never change. It is my conviction that what I call God’s Biblical Blueprint is the best information source about those things that never change. Right now, things seem... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2010 at Rabbi Daniel Lapin's Blog
“What do you do for a living?” asked my seatmate on the flight to Dallas. “Well,” I responded, “My wife and I create unique and terrific products that make ancient Jewish wisdom accessible and useful to everyone. How about you?” He answered, “I’m an accountant and I can’t wait to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2010 at Rabbi Daniel Lapin's Blog
One of my most important rabbinic roles during the years I was privileged to lead the Pacific Jewish Center in Los Angeles was peacemaker. In order to preserve communal harmony it fell to me to mediate between parties in dispute. Often these arguments were between husbands and wives and I... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2010 at Rabbi Daniel Lapin's Blog