Thursday, February 5, 2015

"Chabadniks Tend to be a Positive Lot"--Joseph Telushkin

The San Francisco Jewish Community Center has an ongoing quality lecture series.  Many of the talks can be listened to on video here.  It's a great place to go on a rainy Sunday afternoon.

Last September they hosted Rabbi Joseph Telushkin who came to share the book he recently wrote about "The Rebbe" Menachem Mendel Schneerson, the leader of the Chabad movement from 1951 to 1994.

Telushkin was introduced as one of the 50 best speakers in the United States today. I buy that. He is extraordinarily warm and engaging. A great story-teller. His talk was centered around seven lessons learned from Schneerson--good advice, memorably delivered:
  • Practice non-judgmental love towards others
  • Try to always stay focused on the individual
  • Develop a fearlessness in yourself which starts with an understanding that the first person you must consult is yourself
  • Learn to disagree without being disagreeable
  • Focus on what's in front of you 
  • Anything worth doing is worth doing now
  • Don't allow yourself to get dissuaded
Give a listen.

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