Dear Friends,

Young people affiliate more with individuals than they do with institutions.

"Who you affiliate with, not what you affiliate with, is the name of the game,” explains one interviewee in this Moishe House report on engaging Gen Z by Danya Shults. Think Instagram influencers instead of denominations and single issue campaigners over political parties.

But this makes it hard work to figure out how to be human. There's fewer established paths. Without community, who do we turn to when we need help?

All the more interesting, then, to see how people are aggregating wisdom in new ways.

For example - this Breakup Survival Guide, full of tips of what to do when a relationship ends. Compiled by podcast listeners and built by Emily Theis, folks suggest everything from watching The Good Wife, getting a new piercing or having friends make a typed out list of red-flags they saw before you broke up. (That one sounds painful, but useful!)

So today, I'm asking you to contribute your wisdom to our own spreadsheet. What do you do when you have to make a big decision?

What tips and strategies, reflection exercises and intuitions do you pay attention to? My colleague Angie Thurston and I have started a list, and 40+ others have already contributed.

Check out the wisdom already contributed, and then add in your own! 

Might we one day see toolkits like this for all of life's big questions? What if celebrities posted their favorite toolkits as well as selfies? A heady thought indeed.

Have a wonderful weekend, Shabbat Shalom,

PS. Check out these fantastic projects:

What happens to a dream deferred?

Does it dry up
like a raisin in the sun?
Or fester like a sore—
And then run?
Does it stink like rotten meat?
Or crust and sugar over—
like a syrupy sweet?

Maybe it just sags
like a heavy load.

Or does it explode?

- Langston Hughes

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