Our society goes to great links to avoid the number 13. We don't have the number 13 on elevators and we face Friday the 13th with intrepidation. From where do these types of superstitions derive and why do they get passed from one generation to another. I'd like to give you a different perspective regarding the number 13. In asking a Rabbi friend of mine about the number 13, he gave very thought provoking insight. In the Hebrew language, a numerical value is assigned to each letter. One Hebrew word whose numerical value is 13 is "echad"; "echad" means unity. WOW! All these years we have avoided the very thing that could solve the challenges we face in life - UNITY. When a survey of the world's relational challenges are taken, disharmony or lack of unity are the basis of conflict. This is 2013 and I'm challenging myself and all who read this post to pursue "Unity" this year. Pursue unity in your relationships - marriage, children, employer, employees, co-workers and community. Unity is the most powerful force in all the earth. In fact, Jesus said in Matthew 18, if two would come into agreement on earth about anything they would ask, it would be done. Where there is agreement, there is power and peace. It is also interesting to note that another Hebrew word "ahava" has a numerical value of 13. The word "ahava" translated is the word "love". There can be no true unity where there is no love and no true love where there is not unity. These concepts working together and embraced by us in this New Year can impact us in such away that it will be our best year ever. The number "13" is not bad after all.