• Lauren Bloom is an interfaith minister and attorney who focuses on professional and personal integrity. Her career has been devoted to helping business professionals earn and maintain the trust of their clients, cutomers, colleagues and associates. An internationally-recognized expert on business and professional ethics, Lauren has appeared as a keynote speaker across North America and in Europe.

    Lauren lives in Springfield, Virginia outside of Washington, D.C.

  • It’s Passover – can we finally stop fighting?

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    Today, April 15, 2014, is a day of great consequence for many reasons.  It’s the first anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing, a horrific event that killed three people and wounded over 260 more.  It’s the day after Frazier Glenn Cross, described by the press as a virulent anti-Semite, was formally charged with hate crimes for killing three people at two Jewish community centers in Kansas.  And it’s Passover, the annual celebration of the Jewish people’s escape from slavery in Egypt centuries ago.

    The juxtaposition of those three events is important.  The bombing in Boston and the shootings in Kansas are both products of the perpetrators’ misplaced belief that hatred is acceptable and violence permissible.  Passover is an ancient holiday that repudiates hatred and violence, celebrating the inherent right of all people to be free of oppression and safe from harm.   Not everyone is Jewish – most people aren’t, as a matter of fact – but anyone with a brain and heart can appreciate Passover’s message.

    I write about apologies out of an absolute conviction that violence and hatred shouldn’t be directed against anybody.  It’s my hope that, if people can come together and talk about their grievances, acknowledge their own shortcomings and apologize when they’ve hurt one another, we’ll eventually come to the point where forgiveness is possible and we can finally put down the bombs and guns. Today would be a great day to start.

    Happy Passover, everyone.

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