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Articles by Other Authors

Tens of short, contemporary spiritual insights penned by a selection of Chabad.org authors.

Four Ways Improvisational Music Helps Me Appreciate Chassidus
When I learn, or when I play or jam with my band, I’m often struck by the similarities between these two disciplines and the way they seem to mirror each other—with a similarly exhilarating, meaningful and transformative impact.
Reflections on the New Beep
The cat and her mistress are both after the mice. There's a significant difference, however: while the woman of the house would be glad if the mice would disappear forever, the cat would be devastated
You will hear one long note, three short beeps, nine shorter beeps, and a long note. If you feel you reached us in error, this is the right place, for to err is human and to forgive is divine . . .
The wings quiver as they pass through the thick clouds, the world fast approaching, tires screeching on landing, the engines thrusting backwards as the plane races forward...
Are We Having Fun Yet?
In our dual quests for the security of routine on the one hand and the excitement of change on the other, we've been quite successful in the former, but have failed miserably in the latter. Why is it so hard for us to have fun?
Eyes That See
He screeched to a stop and turned to look back. He saw the edge of the cliff far behind him, and began to realize that he was in major trouble. He slowly looked down and only then, when it was clear to him that he was standing on thin air, did he fall...
Is G-d Religious?
If G-d transcends all limitation and definition, and religion is a set of laws and rituals and a list of things that one must or must not do, why would the way to relate to G-d be to impose further restriction and definition on our already finite and constricted lives?
Digging Wells
Rather than reaching up for the Divine you went further down instead, digging wells, only to find that the waters down there have the same blueness of which the heavens are made. You extended the distance between the heavens and the earth; thus you established an outpost, promoting a vigorous circulation between the heavens and the new frontier
As imagination and science debate, memory -- who is the mother of them both -- stands aside, to observe their performance and growth
Baggage Claim
What is put inside of me is what I will be when arrive. Is it all good? Will it remain in place? Or will it get creased and dislodged en-route? If it does, will it still survive?
When I Started Praying...
It was a simple question. But I don't know how to be simple, my training is in the complex...
Coming In for a Landing
Keep your seat belt fastened until the pilot has turned off the 'Fasten Seat Belt' sign. Collect your personal items. And thank you for choosing This Airline (or did This Airline choose you?) for the journey of a lifetime
What's Wrong With Religion?
Religion offers salvation, enlightenment, a place in heaven. Religion teaches self-improvement: humility, devotion, patience, faith. Religion demands a standard of behavior that benefits our souls, our bodies and our society. I'm glad Judaism is not a religion
Fire and Water
Which is it-- "O all who thirst, come for water" or "My words aret like fire"? Obviously, we much prefer to consume our studies than to be consumed by them...
Define Your G‑d
What statement ends a discussion regarding the motive for odd, or even dangerous, behavior? What causes you to capitulate and say, “I get it, point made, actions justified, the end . . .”?
A Pillar of Salt
I read how Lot is saved and his wife turns into a pillar of salt. And I search to see my life in these words. I'd rather not see it, of course, as the connection is too intense, too real, too true
The Art of G-d
G-d is the prototype modern artist; the universe is His gallery, and on Shabbat it is open to the public...
Kabbalah of Deconstruction
In the classical model, a society has a "center" and a "periphery." In the deconstructivist model, the periphery becomes the center and the center becomes the periphery. Which model would describe Judaism?
I picture it pulsating somehow, like a lighthouse, like a heartbeat, like the rhythmic in and out, on and off, here and there, now and then, dark and light of life
A Different Kind of Darkness
In light we are dissolved, overcome by a reality leaves no room for doubt or fear or curiosity, nor need for courage, flexibility, or interpretation. And so, benevolently, the light that once filled the world contracted to make space for you
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