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  • Metaphors from the Ghetto

    Rabbi Mordechai Grossfeller aka: Peter Himmelman

    February 1, 2013 | 2:11 pm

    For the audio of Peter Himmelman acting as the fictional Rabbi Mordechai Grossfeller click here.  

    My name is Rabbi Mordechai Grossfeller and I’ve asked you to come gather in this Beis Midrash tonight to speak about a very troubling phenomenon that is plaguing the Jewish... read on

  • Dogs, The Amygdala, and Marv

    By Peter Himmelman

    January 31, 2013 | 3:09 pm

    Creativity isn't a skill. It isn't a tool to be marketed or capitalized upon, although it's often highly prized. Think of it like breathing or blood pumping through your veins. It's more like the movement of planets or waves on the ocean then something peripheral to our collective... read on

  • Marv Needs a Coffee Break

    By Peter Himmelman

    November 2, 2012 | 5:10 pm

    I never attended Columbia, Stanford or Yale; hell, I never even attended college, not even for a day. Imagine how many times I’ve been assailed with the thought that I have no right to sit down to write anything. How many times I’ve been struck by some inner voice calling me an... read on

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  • Dreamators Ltd. (the movie crew in our minds)

    By Peter Himmelman

    October 24, 2012 | 8:14 pm

    The stories we tell ourselves to deflect from doing the things we dream of doing are wonderfully written. They’ve got nuance, detail and incredible dialogue. In fact they’re masterworks of searing influence. Marv, (that's the name I give to the internal critic - that voice in our... read on

  • 25 Rules For The Creative

    By Peter Himmelman

    October 17, 2012 | 4:58 pm

    1 - Feel, don't intellectualize
    2 - Don't try to be good- just be
    3 - The goal is to finish within the form
    4 - It doesn't have to mean anything, it just has to make you feel everything
    5 - The world seems like disconnected pieces, show its unity
    6 - Find freedom in structure... read on

  • The Milky Way and the Tiny Piece of Grass

    By Peter Himmelman

    October 12, 2012 | 4:54 pm

    Imagine that our boundless joy, the kind we get when we’re walking around with the sense that our lives are full of endless possibilities is a gigantic Milky Way bar. I don’t care if you don’t like candy or even if you don’t like Milky Way bars -just for the moment imagine that you... read on

  • Drawing Glirchville (Why Do We Create?)

    By Peter Himmelman

    October 4, 2012 | 10:46 am

    Why do we humans have such a strong need to create? Might identifying that need help us when we’re having trouble making a dream manifest? Perhaps our need to innovate is tied to our need to generate money for ourselves and our families. But then what about the nine-year old kid... read on

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