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What Is A Meeting?

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Jewish meetings often start with a D’var Torah or Drash which is a short talk with a lesson that usually takes inspiration from the week’s Torah portion. When a D’var Torah is done well, it is a moment before getting into the business of the meeting, to connect, remember why they are there, and hopefully be a little inspired too. The concept of the D’var Torah is the inspiration for this Meeting Blessing, which is a JewBelong original.

What is a meeting? A block of time. One hour, a half, two if it drags… time to learn, accomplish, decide, convince, debate, admire, laugh and respect. Whether we have known each other for years, or just met moments ago, let us conduct this meeting with open minds; remembering to listen to what is being said and what is not being said. Make it a safe place for dissenting opinions because that is where magic can happen.  We will hear numbers…daily, weekly, monthly numbers, numbers of clicks, cancellations, sign-ups, sales, profit, loss and more. We are a mix of professionals, specialists, entrepreneurs, creatives, fathers, mothers, daughters, and sons. Perhaps those of us who are strangers are simply friends who have not yet met. Outside this room we may be experiencing life’s greatest joys or dealing with unspeakable sorrow. Since we do not know who may be suffering, remember to be gracious and respectful to all. The clock is ticking and soon our outlook calendars will have us moving on. May we use our time well and experience even a small measure, of satisfaction, insight, and comradery for with that, our success can add joy and meaning to the world.

-A JewBelong Original

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