Category Archive: The Wisdom Daily

What Men In Jail Can Teach Us About Joy

Actually, it didn’t happen in a jail, which typically houses shorter-term detentions.  It happened in Sing Sing Correctional Facility, a maximum-security prison operated by the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision, where… Continue reading

What Judge Abdus-Salaam’s Death Teaches Us About Assumptions

On April 12, 2017, the New York Police Department found Sheila Abdus-Salaam, Associate Judge of the New York Court of Appeals, floating dead in the Hudson River.  She was eulogized on May 26,… Continue reading

Lessons learned from saying yes to a differently-abled bar mitzvah boy

“They” said “Jon” couldn’t possibly manage a bar mitzvah. Jon is a teen with physical, cognitive and emotional special needs, whose parents heard “can’t” countless times from countless people in so-called authority. “They” are… Continue reading

In a lonely world, virtual gatherings can provide comfort

Jennifer was in Florida mourning her mother’s death. Friends and colleagues were literally around the globe – from Israel, to all four continental U.S. time zones, to New Zealand. Geographically so far away,… Continue reading

The value of acknowledging misperceptions

Here’s a true story about false impressions – and the wisdom (and holy risk) of voicing them aloud. In my day job, I preside in hundreds of judicial proceedings. I take seriously a judge’s… Continue reading

The Light Behind the Darkness of a Holocaust Survivor’s Story

It was December 25, 2016 – Christmas Day and Chanukkah. Volunteers gathered with local seniors to sing songs, serve holiday foods and feed some who couldn’t feed themselves. Like the jelly-filled doughnuts we… Continue reading