Reflect and Rest

September 29, 2014 5:24 PM

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Last Thursday I took a day off for Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year. Although my schedule has been filled with on-campus events and meetings -- and upcoming travel will take me to China to open our new Yale Center Beijing, to Washington for a forum with other university presidents, and to New York to see alumni -- it was restorative to set aside a day for reflection and rest.

Not everyone shares in the celebration of this particular holiday, but I do think the value of a "pause" for reflection and rest is applicable to all of us. Yale College students and faculty will have a fall break in October. Others have taken time on the weekends to walk, kayak, or play a game of g...

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