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Destruction and Renewal

June 27, 2014

I was reminded the other day by an attorney that an impending mediation could not be set during “The Three Weeks.”

Fortunately, thanks to Hebrew School and YMHA sleep-away camp when I was a boy, I was already dimly aware that “The Three Weeks” refers to a traditional period of mourning, in the summer for observant Jews, over the destruction of the First and Second Temples in ancient Jerusalem, among other things.

It is a period of sadness, and, for some, tradition imposes a number of restrictions on activities and celebrations (e.g. no weddings and apparently no mediations either).

Thus we have scheduled the mediation earlier so as not to interfere with this period which, this year, runs from July 15, 2014 – August 5, 2014.

Later, I googled “The Three Weeks,” and found this page: http://www.chabad.org/library/article_cdo/aid/144558/jewish/Tisha-BAv-and-the-3-Weeks.htm .

After reading, I borrowed the title of this piece from there: Destruction and Renewal. Thank you.

Focusing not on “destruction” but on “renewal,” it made me think of how I will spend this summer, which, like most summers, includes the usual slow-down in the business of the mediation business, as lawyers, judges, litigants and other disputants and their families take off time to enjoy their summer vacations and the like.

For “renewal” I thought I too would take the time for family and for professional enrichment, sometimes both together.

For instance, this summer, I plan to attend a mediation course in Seattle and we will make a mini-vacation of it – our son lives there.

Also, we will be enjoying a number of outstanding summer concerts at the Hollywood Bowl.

In addition, I will volunteer a day maybe two for the California Court of Appeal, to help with its Appellate Mediation Program.

The goal is thus refreshment and renewal … and re-invigoration for the practice of mediation.

For, in mediation practice, we observe destruction due to conflict and we hope to help with renewal via the management of conflict and the resolution of disputes.

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David I. Karp is a full time mediator of real estate and business disputes, primarily, in Southern California. For further information, please go to his website at http://karpmediation.com .

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