This week in synagogue there is an extra portion read to remember the nation that attacked the Israelites when they were weak, Amalek, the nation from which Haman, the villain of the upcoming Jewish holiday of Purim, originated.

Remembering can be helpful when times are difficult:

Remember when you were strong, centered, when life was simpler—not to deny the complexity of the current situation but to know, that deep down, there is a seed of resilience.

Remember others in their good times. So when you speak to them when times are rough you’re less prone to nagging.

Remember life is complex, feeling stuck does not make it so, and the only thing constant in the world is change. The universe is dynamic even when it appears static. You can change. Your loved ones can change. The question becomes: How can we create an environment that is compassionate and conducive to change?

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