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John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

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Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

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Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

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Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

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Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

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April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

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Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

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Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

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Jewish World Review March 29, 2005 / 18 Adar II, 5765

Bridging the Gap between Mind and Heart

By Jonathan D. Schick


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How can we account for the incredible gap between the noble and the immoral? And while it is true that "most people" aren't faced with such extreme cases, all humankind face contradictions between their true beliefs and their everyday actions


http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | In the classic film "Chinatown", Noah Cross, a corrupt powerbroker, is confronted with a terrible sin he had committed years ago. Instead of contrition, he brazenly declares:


"I don't blame myself. You see, most people never have to face the fact that at the right time and right place, they're capable of doing almost anything."


What is truly fascinating about this quote is that within a different context, it could be taken to mean an entirely opposite idea. A human being, endowed with a divine soul, can indeed do "almost anything" ennobling, wondrous and life-changing. We are indeed capable of greatness.


Yet, the human soul is a study in paradoxes. And, sometimes these paradoxes are extreme: In the case of Noah Cross, he at first displays paternal compassion for his daughter, and then commits an unspeakable crime against her.


How can we account for the incredible gap between the noble and the immoral? And while it is true that "most people" aren't faced with such extreme cases, all humankind face contradictions between their true beliefs and their everyday actions.


The answer lies in the ability to bridge the gap between one's mind and heart. One may intellectually, even passionately, believe in a certain value or ideal. Yet, if this belief isn't fully integrated into one's heart, the seat of emotions, one's actions may fall short of one's ideals.


A recent news item told of an ethics lecturer, who, promptly after finishing his discourse, headed to a brothel using a stolen credit card.


The 19th century philosopher Rabbi Yisrael Salanter pithily stated that "the distance between the mind and the heart is greater than the distance between the ends of the earth."


Simply put, knowledge is one thing, putting it into action is quite another. The speeding driver knows that she is at greater risk for a serious accident, but that awareness only penetrates the heart after the accident takes place.


Thankfully, there are less dangerous ways to change the pattern of one's behavior, to bridge that chasm between mind and heart, intellect and emotion.


One way is through introspection. Spending a mere 15 minutes of one's day in quietude, reviewing one's overarching values and charting a course for tomorrow.


The ethical leader possesses a depth of meaning and purpose that infuses his day with focus. Although invariably there will be slight derailments between mind and heart, a consistent daily time of reflection can bridge the gap.

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Jonathan D. Schick is the founder and director of The GOAL Project. He is a dynamic leadership consultant and nationally known speaker. He holds an appointment as adjunct professor at the University of North Texas, and is a frequent lecturer at the Center for Nonprofit Management in Dallas. Comment by clicking here.

© 2005, Jonathan D. Schick