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Luftgesheft is a Yiddish expression which literally translates as 'Air-Business'. Meaning to describe - often somewhat with derision - the willing and dealing that is associated with making a quick-buck, this expression was also fondly used for the innovative and entrepreneurial spirit which Jewish people in Europe had to employ in order to survive the many rules and regulations forbidding them, at times, to hold trade, own property, orsimply keep their fore-parents tradition.
Below is an example of "luftgesheft":

Morris (the father) says to his son: "I want you to marry a girl of my choice."
The son says: "I will choose my own bride." Morris says: "But the girl is Bill Gates' daughter." The son answers: "Well, in that case,yes, okay."

Morris then approaches Bill Gates daughter : "I have a great husband for you." Bill Gates daughter answers: "But I still study and I do not wish to get married yet!" Morris says: "But this young man is a vice-president of the World Bank." And the daughter answers: "Ah, in that case, yes, okay."

Finally Morris goes to see the president of the World Bank. Morris says: "I have a young man to be recommended as a vice-president." The president answers: "But I already have more vice-presidents than I need." Morris says: "But this young man is Bill Gates' son-in-law." The President answers: "Ah, in that case, yes, okay."
Michael Bartura has been involved in lifestyle, education, and alternative health models since 1986. Originally trained as a physical therapist, he gravitated over the years into management and business development roles but remains a firm believer in the holistic engagement – minds and hearts – of all relevant stakeholders and the crucial role social ecology should play in the evolution of companies and the public sphere.
In earlier years, Michael worked as a therapist and a trainer in clinics and centres in Australia, UK, the US and Canada. Later, he spent few years in a senior managerial role for a large international charity in Cambodia. While there, he also established a lifestyle centre promoting diet, reflection, and yoga as well as acting as a hub for community mobilization and eco-tourism. As a manager for the East West Learning Centre in Singapore he focused on designing platforms to deliver an integrated Mind-Body approach to leadership education.
Besides a variety of certificates and diplomas in holistic therapies, Michael is a graduate of MGSM’s Master degree in Management. He strives to bring a balanced mix of rational system design and mindfulness-based learning experience to his work. Outside work he strives to maintain his penchant for salads, yoga and – whenever he remembers – the art of forgetting to take oneself seriously.