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Possessing Your Goals Like an Olympian

Like millions around the world, I have found myself huddled in front of my television over the past few days watching the lightening fast coverage of the London Olympics. The 30th run of the Olympiad is already packed with intense competition, realized defeat and examples of overcoming hardships. Whether you’re rooting for the Dutch, Croatia, Brazil or the good ole’ U.S. of A, you have more than enough countries to support.I am engrossed in the athletes’ personal stories the commentators share throughout the games. The amount of social and emotional tragedy some of these athletes have had to face in pursuit of Olympic gold always amazes me. Some have been separated from their families or have had to navigate through war-torn homelands. Others have had to endure physical pressures due to previous injuries that once threatened to end their careers. Whatever the journey, you can guarantee there’s been a significance price...
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An Olympic Story, a dream betrayed.

An Olympic Story, A Dream Betrayed
By Robert Rubenstein The Olympics begins in a few weeks amid the pageantry of spectacle that will have many of us glued to our television set. London seems to be a wonderful place to hold this event. For Jews, though, the Olympics are a place in which bad things have happened. We cannot celebrate fully; Munich and the death of Israeli athletes must be with us like shattered glass. But there was  even a greater terror, if terror has a yardstick to be measured by. That happened seventy-five years ago, and now begs to be remembered by us all.   Again, it was Germany; then Berlin, and the year was 1936, in the time known as the Holocaust years. A little event, in the course of bigger events, this small act of race prejudice may have done more to raise the specter of a “legitimate” Nazi world presence than any other. Though...
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March Madness, Are You On The Bubble?

It’s that time of the year again! A feverish pace comes upon the sports world while all eyes turn towards colligate basketball in hopes of witnessing history. From Nebraska, to Gonzaga, Connecticut and Florida; everyone wants to know if they have their ‘brackets’ in order to track this year’s upset. You even see evidence of March Madness in stores and television commercials. We’ve all got the ‘fever’ and there is no relief in sight until the end of the month! I found the term ‘On the bubble’ to be an interesting narrative mentioned by nearly all the analysts on ESPN. When I did a bit of research, I also found this to be an allegory of the potential we have inside. In fact, if we really look closely at the similarities, it will give new meaning to this whole crazy month of sports utopia. Let me begin by saying, the place...
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